Pieces of OFF!‘s new self-titled album have been filtering out in short bursts. First came the 95-second “King Kong Brigade,” and now they’ve got a new video for “Wiped Out” — clocking in at just 74 seconds. The album’s remaining 14 tracks will be crammed into just under 14 minutes.
The video, directed by Richard Kern, captures the song’s ferocity. Footage of the band playing a people-making-out-in-circle-pits-type basement show is interspersed with shots of skateboard crashes and surfboard wipeouts. It’s one intense minute.
OFF! is out May 8 on Vice.
Punk supergroup OFF! released “King Kong Brigade,” the first single from their upcoming self-titled full-length album. Now when I say full-length, I mean 16 songs in 16 minutes.
OFF! sounds awesome already, but anyone who heard First Four EPs knew it would be. Check out “King Kong Brigade” below.
OFF! should’ve had a decent fanbase in the punk community. The new supergroup features former Black Flag/Circle Jerks front man Keith Morris, Burning Bridges’ Dimitri Coats, Redd Kross bassist Steve McDonald and Rocket from the Crypt/Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba.
The band’s first release, a compilation of four EPs, collects 16 fast, rough punk songs, reminiscent of Black Flag’s 1978 EP, Nervous Breakdown. The longest track on First Four EPs, “Poison City,” runs for just over a minute and a half.
OFF! has received high praise from more than just punk and skate magazines. The Onion’s A.V. Club gave it an A- and the Chicago Tribune awarded it three-and-a-half stars out of four. Even the hipsters at Pitchfork named it “Best New Music” with a score of 8.5 out of 10.
OFF! is an anomaly. Keith Morris is 55, and the rest of the band isn’t far behind. They still play the music of their youth – just as fast and angry, and they may be even more successful this time around.