Obviously, the LA Punk 1.0 sound isn’t everyone’s cuppa, but Off! is a fun return to a 30-35-year-old bag of hate, rock ‘n’ roll at its most primal. It’s not innovative and it breaks no new ground, but it doesn’t have to. It’s jagged. tightly coiled, and nasty in all the right places, fueled and nurtured by wholesome suburban rageohol, and for a 45-minute set it’s the perfect length. Plus, you get Keith Morris talking shit for 10 of that. But, as he notes early on, “You get a little spoken word along with your rock concert.” True ’nuff.
Gilman, Berkeley, CA
April 22, 2011