OFF! touring, hopefully still releasing ‘Watermelon’ album
Supergroup OFF!, made up of Keith Morris (Circle Jerks/Black Flag), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven Shane McDonald (Redd Kross), and Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes), mark 10 years as a band this year, and they’re honoring the occasion by playing some shows. As mentioned, they’re on the lineup for Thornville, OH’s Camp Anarchy, Cookeville, TN’s Muddy Roots, the Mountain View, CA Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Tour date, and Philly’s This is Hardcore. Since then, they’ve also announced an NYC headlining show at Le Poisson Rouge on July 28. Tickets are on sale now. See all of OFF!’s upcoming tour dates below.
Meanwhile, OFF! launched a Kickstarter on April Fools Day to create a movie and accompanying album. Watermelon: The Movie, a “Sci-Fi Punk Rockumentary,” was not successfully funded, but the band insisted all along that the Kickstarter was just for the movie, so maybe we’ll still get the new songs soon, which they told Alt Press are already written:
“It didn’t roll out the way it was supposed to roll out. We [were] told that they were going to do a real bump the second week in. But when you go on there, you have to go into the music category, rather than film. And we’re making a film.
“And we have people saying, ‘Well, don’t you have enough money to make your record?’ We can make a record in the course of a weekend in our rehearsal space. We have the gear set up so it is a recording studio. We’re not asking for money to make a record. We’re asking for money to make a movie,” his voice begins to pitch down like he’s explaining something to a child for the umpteenth time, “because it’s way more expensive.”
Meanwhile, Watermelon (the album) plans on changing the OFF! game significantly. Once known for their 90- to 180-second adrenaline blasts, Morris says he and Coats have written 25 songs, most of them three minutes or longer. Fans can expect plenty of sonic changes and lyrics marinating in the world of conspiracy theory.
“Dimitri and I dove off the high dive into a pool filled with conspiracy theories,” Morris says. “A lot of the lyrics are what we took from us watching documentaries and reading these stories. We’re talking about certain areas where there are all of these experiments taking place in Nevada over on the New Mexico/Colorado border. We’re talking about secret societies, MK Ultra, chemtrails. It becomes a science-fiction extravaganza!”
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OFF! 2019 Tour Dates
Jun 1 Sat Camp Anarchy Thornville, OH, United States
Jun 22 Sat Gnarlytown Los Angeles, CA, United States
Jul 20 Sat Vans Warped Tour Mountain View, CA, United States
JUL 26 FRI ’77 Montreal, Montréal, Canada
Jul 27 This is Hardcore Philadelphia, PA United States
Jul 28 Sun (Le) Poisson Rouge New York, NY, United States
Aug 30 Fri Muddy Roots Music Festival Cookeville, TN, United States