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OFF! wastes no time is getting to the point

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 17:04




Grade: B

If you're the kind of person for whom most albums take too long, Off! is for you. All you need is 16 minutes, and you'll get some of the most highly-charged, old-fashioned, brusque punk rock that money, snot, spit, and a delicious pedigree can earn. Philadelphia expatriate guitarist Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides) joined forces with Circle Jerks founder/Black Flag singer Keith Morris, Steven McDonald of Redd Kross and Mario Rubalcaba of Hot Snakes to form a slippery, hardcore-ish supergroup for a few West Coast shows. They must have liked one another: They went on to record the four-EP set The First Four in 2011, followed by sold-out concerts across the States. For Off!, the band's full-length follow-up, 16 metallic songs rattle by with lightning speed. The harsh, hot Off! sounds like an in-the-red Black Sabbath at 45 r.p.m., with Morris coughing and carousing his way through not-entirely-mindless lyrics on songs such as the curt "Feelings are Meant to Be Hurt," the frowsy "Harbor Freeway Blues," and the blank, unholy "Vaporized." Off! is a welcome respite from any music that takes 20 minutes or more. More acts should follow Off!'s lead.

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