OFF! …are very much on!
After 10 years passed they are bringing the album Free LSD about an alien race infiltrating humanity – touring back to Australia this January 2024. The time has come to witness the contorted visitation of punk psyche power – Los Angeles hardcore wonders kaleido-scrape through the interstellar hemisphere. Switch this on! It’s all over the skies.
And joining this cavalcade with their own eccentricity of explosive pervasions comes Sydney’s highly apt PARTY DOZEN!
TOURism and Consume presents
OFF! is on.
plus special guests PARTY DOZEN and more…
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
WED 10 JAN – perth ROSEMOUNT
plus PARTY DOZEN and LAST QUOKKA
Doors 7.00pm. Tickets at rosemounthotel.oztix.com.au
FRI 12 JAN – adelaide GOV
plus PARTY DOZEN and DIVISIONDoors 7.30pm. Tickets at thegovfb.oztix.com.au
SAT 13 JAN – hobart REPUBLIC
plus PARTY DOZEN Doors 9.00pm. Tickets at moshtix.com.au
SUN 14 JAN – melbourne CORNER
plus PARTY DOZEN and R.U.B.Doors 7.30pm. Tickets at tickets.cornerhotel.com
WED 17 JAN – canberra BASEMENT
plus PARTY DOZEN and SKETCH METHODDoors 7.00pm. Tickets at tickets.oztix.com.au
FRI 19 JAN – sydney METRO
plus PARTY DOZEN and HELLEBORESDoors 7.30pm. Tickets at premier.ticketek.com.au
SAT 20 JAN – brisbane PRINCESS
plus PARTY DOZEN and MITCH, PLEASEDoors 7.30pm. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.au
SUN 21 JAN – gold coast VINNIE’S DIVE BAR
plus PARTY DOZEN and MASOCHISTDoors 7.30pm. Tickets at vinniesdive.oztix.com.au
OFF! …are so very much on.
After 10 years passed they are bringing the metafusing Free LSD album and all back to Australia this January 2024.
“And then OFF! go off! Keith exudes such kinetic energy that it’s always a surprise not to see him bouncing off the walls. Instead, he fizzes with barely contained electrical charges of momentum that power his music. As a counterbalance, when he’s not conjuring feedback, Dimitri stalks the stage like the bastard son of Thurston Moore and Keith Richards, all slashing chords and strut.” – https://www.punknews.org/review/17861/off-live-in-london
Punk rock phenomena Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes/Rocket From The Crypt) and Autry Fulbright II (And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead) – strike all stages asunder as they kill to be heard.
” A warbling, laserlike noise that increases in volume before sludgy bass and speedy guitar a la Dr. Know ring out. Keith’s voice has not aged one bit.” https://newnoisemagazine.com/reviews/album-review-off-free-lsd/
Exploding in all dimensions at once, this punk rocket juggernaut have released their album FREE LSD with their very own feature film, as directed by Dimitri, starring the members of OFF!, Jack Black, David Yow (Jesus Lizard), Chelsea Debo, Chloe Dykstra etc… coming soon. Also latest FSLD EP out now https://offofficial.bandcamp.com/album/flsd-ep
PARTY DOZEN are a two-piece from Sydney; Kirsty on saxophone and Jonathan on drums. They make a big noise for two people, semi-improvised and incendiary. Over three albums they have perfected their sound and built a reputation as one of the best live bands in Australia, and an audience around the world. 2022 album The Real Work saw them sign to US label Temporary Residence (Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, MONO) and let Nick Cave sing on a song (“Macca The Mutt”) and billy woods rhyme on another (“Earthly Times”). Following two tours of Europe, and one each of the US, China and Japan, Party Dozen have finished recording their fourth album and have recently released first taste “Wake In Might”https://party-dozen.bandcamp.com
Also along for this transcendent glide of power will be the big riffin’ suburban punk of Whadjuk country LAST QUOKKA; a world of fragments and discord in Kaurana with DIVISION; the ferocious femme/queer power of Naarm’s blistering R.U.B.; the catchy melodic simplicity of Gadigal HELLEBORES; the powerful whipping crack of Meanjin nerd pop punk MITCH, PLEASE; and the socially conscious inclusivity of Bundjalung country MASOCHIST on the Gold Coast. Details below.
OFF!’s first new album in eight years translates the work of an alien race attempting to rebuild the remains of your destroyed record collection. Free LSD hits reset like The Beatles conjuring Revolver, The Walker Brothers Nite Flights refusal to be a reunion record, or that album by Baby Huey where every influence merges so effortlessly that it is simply one sound unified. Like the first 3 records, the raging two-minute bonfires that make up Free LSD were written by the core of the band, Keith Morris & Dimitri Coats.
The album introduces new members, drummer Justin Brown (Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Herbie Hancock) and bassist Autry Fulbright II (…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead), who push the idea of punk into another dimension. Coats blankets a number of these tracks with layers of electronics and Morris sounds timeless.
OFF! have never sounded better. BETTER. Sure, there are some Black Flag/Circle Jerks Morris ghosts in here, Burning Brides riffs, Thundercat calisthenics, and Trail of Dead burns, but that is just the skin of the thing. “War Above Los Angeles” is the cornerstone of the record, carrying all of the scars of where the band was before, along with otherworldly interplay by a group with phasers now set for stun. That is not to say the no nonsense 90 second furnace blasts aren’t in full effect on tracks like “Kill To Be Heard,” but as one of the architects of punk rock, singer Keith Morris says, “After making music for as long as I have, it was time to use a palette that includes lime green, turquoise, and magenta instead of the typical colors and shades that were involved in all of the other break neck and car chase scenarios. Miles Davis with Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters as opposed to Milo Goes to College.”
The band is working on a film to accompany the record. Coats explains, “Since thinking of the album as a soundtrack to a weird sci-fi movie gave us permission to experiment, and the film explains, in a fantastical way, the creation of the album, they both go hand in hand as an overall art project.” Free LSD is a build of subterranean howl that lifts off into the cosmos of Sun Ra and labelmates, The Stooges. OFF! is supercharged for takeoff in what has now been confirmed as humanity’s new year zero.
“Tonight, OFF! are tight as the lug nuts on a dragster at the start of a race and as powerful as a panzer division strike during their hour performance. As stated earlier, all business.” – https://newnoisemagazine.com/galleries/show-review-off-and-zulu-at-the-lodge-room-in-los-angeles-ca/
LAST QUOKKA – perth – Last Quokka are garage punk from Fremantle (whadjuk country). Described as if “King Gizz were a suburban punk band” (Double J), their latest sonic offering ‘Red Dirt’ has received high praise around the country. It’s socially conscious, piss-taking, big riff energy that you can shake your ass to.
DIVISION – adelaide – Thriving in a world of the discord – from Fugazi to Rites of Spring there is nothing but the ricochet of fragments from this Kaurana band.
R.U.B. – melbourne
R.U.B are a ferocious voice for femme and queer empowerment in the DIY punk scene in Naarm/Melb. Showcasing a 90’s inspired blistering punk sound with a hardcore bite, their message is one of catharsis, rage, vulnerability and power all in one.
SKETCH METHOD – CanberraFrom the moment they burst onto the scene in 2014, Sketch Method had a clear mission: to unleash their own brand of dischordant punk rock, and disrupt the status quo. Fueled by their passion for unfiltered self-expression, the band quickly earned a reputation for their fierce sound and electrifying stage presence, earning them audiences with Bodyjar, Flatliners, and Pears to name just a few. Their previous releases show much trajectory and growth over the years, and their new music is no different. Thoughtful, expressive, and unwavering. Sketch Method have been the thorn in the side of the music scene, tearing at the monotony of safe indie.” https://www.instagram.com/sketchmethod/
HELLEBORES – Sydney
4 piece band playing melodic punk rock, interested in short, hook-laden songs. From Gadigal… Glenn and Gina started the band in 2020, previously being in 90’s band Lawnsmell, Chinese Burns Unit together writing pop music with an emphasis on fun, cats and shenanigans. Hellebores is a continuation of the aims of the previous band but this time married, more focused and reacting to the lack of catchy, simple music that used to be in abundance in the 90’s. “Uncles” is the second full-length record (recorded by Jay Whalley at PFF) out now. https://hellebores.bandcamp.com/album/uncles https://www.instagram.com/helleborestheband/
MITCH, PLEASE – brisbane
Are a five-piece Meanjin/Brisbane punk nerd band. A bit punk, a bit pop, a bit light and a bit heavy, plus lots of other bits all whipped up together – screaming all out fun and everything in between.
MASOCHIST – gold coast
Masochist are a socially conscious hardcore punk band blooming from Bundjalung Country. Playing songs of feminist fury and political rage, they promote a message of inclusivity and empowerment
FREE LSD out now on Fat Possum.
NEW ZEALAND dates
SAT 6 JAN – wellington MEOW
plus DISPLEASUREDoors 7.30pm. Tickets https://www.moshtix.co.nz/v2/event/off-is-on-new-zealand-2024/157851
SUN 7 JAN – raglan YOT “Sunday Sessions”
plus GROWNDOWNZ, CINDY, SONOMASS, TWO SKINNER, ILLICIT, WAHWAHZ, NO BRAINERS and moreDoors 5.30pm. Tickets https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/ticket/22022/Off!.utr
MON 8 JAN – auckland WHAMMY
plus DICK MOVEDoors 8.00pm. Tickets https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/ticket/22036/Off!.utr