ShareFIRST FOUR E.P.s - OFF! (Vice Records)
I remember the first time I heard  Black Flag's epic "Nervous Breakdown" 45.  It was an aural assault the likes of which have rarely been captured by recording gear. This OFF!! CD captures that rare rock and roll "lightning in a bottle" again - 33 years later.

Somehow, at age 55, Keith Morris sounds just as pissed off and unhinged as he was in '78...maybe more so.

Keith's renewed energy, coupled with surrounding himself with solid musicians has resulted in truly epic recordings.

Dmitri Coats (Burning Brides) on guitar, Steve Mc Donald (Red Kross, Sparks etc) on bass,  and Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes etc) on the kit is a powerful outfit and they all deliver.  The songs are short and brutal: no noodling, no horse shit.  Punch to face, box to ears, and thank you, m'am. The longest tune is 1:35.

While this CD harks back to  early Black Flag and to a lesser degree, the Circle Jerks, the tunes are not stale or rehashed.  If you need a reminder of how great punk was in the late 70s or just an antidote to Billy Joe's latest pop punk vomit-ballad, reel in some fresh OFF! - El Kabong

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