Off! – ‘Wasted Years’

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Even at 58, former Black Flag frontman Keith Morris is still snarling against the authorities

Flying the flag for old school hardcore, the third ‘Off!’ album is a gleefully relentless thrashabout made up of 16 knee-in-the-nuts mini-ragers, each largely indiscernible from the last, all hanging insolently around the one and a half minute mark. At 2:15, ‘Hypnotized’ is pretty much a five-part symphony, featuring 58-year-old Keith Morris spitting out his distain for authority, much as he has done for the past 35 years. “You can’t argue with the troops/or the cops in riot suits”, yells the former Circle Jerks and Black Flag frontman. Anthony Keidis might have done his best to discredit the band via a fondness for Off! merch, but the pit-friendly snarl of ‘I Won’t Be A Casualty’ and ‘You Must Be Damned’ show that these guys are all still the real deal.

Leonie Cooper

Details

Record label: Vice
Release date: 07 Apr, 2014