OFF! – King Tut’s, Glasgow, Sun 5 Oct
Keith Morris shows why he remains a punk legend with stellar performance
Taking to the same stage as two years ago, OFF! prove nothing if not reliable. They fire short-yet-hardly-sweet salvoes of Cali-punk polemics in multi-song bursts, squeezing the ire into ten minutes before Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks) breaks off to discuss everything from US foreign policy to prostate problems. He’s the epitome of the punk legend, refreshingly candid and a contrast to the goggle-eyed intensity he displays during ‘I Got News For You’; a blunt-force frontman well-suited to ex-pro skater Mario Rubalcaba’s unembellished drumming and the caustic, frenzied guitarwork of Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides).
Despite the well-timed breaks, OFF! are a steadfastly full-on band, their politically savvy bluster as chaotic as it is catchy, and it spurs on a constant stream of movement from the veterans and the kids who have gathered to pay tribute. ‘Wrong Way Out’ and ‘Hypnotized’ are furious slabs of classic punk, delivered with vitality and conviction, though even if there might be nostalgia in the eyes of the crowd, there’s none to be found on stage. Morris might be pushing 60 but he has evidently lost none of his righteousness; time has been kind to him, but not to the world, and OFF! show that they’re not the kind of band to let you forget that.
King Tut’s, Glasgow, Sun 5 Oct.