The term “legend” is used way too loosely. But shit, we’re talking about Keith Morris here. The man formed Black Flag in 1979, and when that didn’t work out he formed the Circle Jerks. Their contribution to the film Thrashin’ alone is legendary. Now in his fifties, he decided to start another band just as influential as the rest. OFF! is extremely well rounded with Dimitri Coats, Steven Shane McDonald and Mario Rubalcaba … who have greatly respectable backgrounds in badass bands as well.
Over the summer, they opened for Refused at the House of Blues. It was an awesome show, but I knew it was my destiny to see them go apeshit in a more intimate venue. So I blew my wad when I heard they’d be at the Middle East Club. This is their habitat, this is where they are in their element and perform with grandiose chaos.
With The Spits and Double Negative opening, the downstairs club was full of black t-shirted jackals with ravage in their eyes. Taking the stage on Sunday night, they immediately got into a barrage of fast tracks.
From time to time, Keith lectured the crowd to “not be a bunch of jerks” and to “make sure you vote.” “It’s your right,” he says. This catches some flack from a few audience members, but dammit you jackals! Allow me to reiterate: Legend. He’s going to deliver the tunes! You’re better with a few life lessons from a man that survived two of history’s most volatile punk bands and snorting elephant tranquilizers. He knows a thing or two.
Coats is nearly impossible to get a photo of squirming and pushing every ounce of energy into each guitar note. McDonald is equally hilarious in getting photos, his stringy mop swarming around and reverberating with energy. Keith hastily paces about, intermittently growling into the mic while Mario explosively attacks his his drum set. All I’m trying to say here is that when you put it altogether …
These guys rip shit up!
Photos and video by: Scott Murry.