Friday, March 2, 2012

Off! Releasing New Album In May, playing Bowery Ballroom 5/29

OFF! @ Terminal 5 6/23/11
OFF! @ Terminal 5 6/23/11
I managed to catch Keith Morris's latest band Off! three times last year (at SXSW, Terminal 5 and House of Vans), and each time my immediate reaction was always the same: "Holy. Fucking. Shit." The hardcore punk "supergroup" (if that exists in the world of hardcore) released their debut album The First Four EPs in 2010, which was 18 songs long and clocked in at a lengthy 18 minutes... that's an average of a minute per song if you're keeping track.

And now the band has managed to record a follow up which, according to their press release, "[barrels] through sixteen high intensity tracks in as many minutes, the album demonstrates the LA quartet had still further to ratchet up their visceral sonic maelstrom, delivering a "dark party" soundtrack of unleashed exasperation and bitterness executed with a rigorous precision that more than lives up to the cavalcade of accolades heaped upon them so far by the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, LA Times, among many others." 

Sounds awesome. OFF! will be released on May 8 on Vice Records and will do a short tour that brings them to Bowery Ballroom on May 29, for which tickets just went on sale at 12pm. Below, check out some videos of Off! live, as well as their tour schedule...

Off! -- 2012 Tour Dates (via)
Mar 16 - Power of the Riff/BrooklynVegan @ Scoot Inn - SXSW
Mar 17 - Dickies House @ Lustre Pearl - SXSW
Mar 17 - NXNE Showcase @ Club Deville - SXSW
Mar 18 - Bro Fest @ Club Dada - Dallas, TX
Mar 24 - Burger Records Fest @ The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
May 8 - Whiskey a Go Go - Los Angeles, CA
May 11 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
May 14 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA
May 29 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
June 2 Primavera Sound Festival

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