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Off!

When
Mon Jan 8th, 2024
Where
Whammy Bar,
Auckland

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Consume TOURism and Susie Says! Present OFF!

6 Jan - Wellington, Meow
7 Jan - Raglan, Yot Club
8 Jan, Auckland, Whammy

OFF! - Los Angeles-based supergroup of hardcore punk rock legends Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes/Rocket From The Crypt) and Autry Fulbright II (And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead) - are set to hit three select Aotearoa stages in early January 2024, unleashing their might on what are guaranteed to be packed shows of awestruck punters.

OFF! were last here ten years ago, handpicked by Red Hot Chili Peppers to open their 2013 world stadium tour. OFF!'s 2022 release, Free LSD, received rave reviews from media around the globe (...a gloriously weird triumph (Allmusic), It's bracing, intense stuff...the earache is addictive. (Mojo, 2022).

Proving why they rule the punk rock universe, their full-length release was accompanied by their feature film Free LSD, starring members of OFF!, Jack Black, David Yow (Jesus Lizard), Chelsea Debo, Chloe Dykstra, (and so many others!), which toured the indie-film circuit to much acclaim in early January 2023.


OFF! Live show reviews:

And then OFF! go off! Keith exudes such kinetic energy that it’s always a surprise not to see him bouncing off the walls. Instead, he fizzes with barely contained electrical charges of momentum that power his music. As a counterbalance, when he's not conjuring feedback, Dimitri stalks the stage like the bastard son of Thurston Moore and Keith Richards, all slashing chords and strut. - Dom Tyler, Punknews.org, 23 Feb. 2023

Friday night’s show was sold out and I truly hope you were one of the lucky ones to get a ticket in time ...It was just one of those “pinch me, I must be dreaming” kind of moments that I will never forget. - Langen Goldstien, Twin Cities Media, 15 May 2023

This is an interesting thing about OFF! They’re the only current punk rock band I can think of that can bring three different generations into a room, noteworthy for a band whose style is rooted in ’80’s hardcore punk and not named Turnstile to wrangle Gen Z to a gathering. - Matthew Hutchinson, Newnoisemagazine.com, 23 Dec. 2022

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FREE LSD

OFF!’s first new album in eight years translates the work of an alien race attempting to rebuild the remains of your destroyed record collection. Free LSD hits reset like The Beatles conjuring Revolver, The Walker Brothers Nite Flights refusal to be a reunion record, or that album by Baby Huey where every influence merges so effortlessly that it is simply one sound unified. Like the first 3 records, the raging two-minute bonfires that make up Free LSD were written by the core of the band, Keith Morris & Dimitri Coats.


The album introduces new members, drummer Justin Brown (Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Herbie Hancock) and bassist Autry Fulbright II (...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead), who push the idea of punk into another dimension. Coats blankets a number of these tracks with layers of electronics and Morris sounds timeless.


OFF! have never sounded better. BETTER. Sure, there are some Black Flag/Circle Jerks Morris ghosts in here, Burning Brides riffs, Thundercat calisthenics, and Trail of Dead burns, but that is just the skin of the thing. “War Above Los Angeles” is the cornerstone of the record, carrying all of the scars of where the band was before, along with otherworldly interplay by a group with phasers now set for stun. That is not to say the no nonsense 90 second furnace blasts aren’t in full effect on tracks like “Kill To Be Heard,” but as one of the architects of punk rock, singer Keith Morris says, After making music for as long as I have, it was time to use a palette that includes lime green, turquoise, and magenta instead of the typical colors and shades that were involved in all of the other break neck and car chase scenarios. Miles Davis with Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters as opposed to Milo Goes to College.

The band released a film to accompany the record in January 2023. Coats explains, “Since thinking of the album as a soundtrack to a weird sci-fi movie gave us permission to experiment, and the film explains, in a fantastical way, the creation of the album, they both go hand in hand as an overall art project.” Free LSD is a build of subterranean howl that lifts off into the cosmos of Sun Ra and labelmates, The Stooges. OFF! is supercharged for takeoff in what has now been confirmed as humanity’s new year zero.

Links
susiesays.co.nz
offofficial.com
Tags
punk/hardcore

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