The First Four EPs

Here's a barf-inducing term: Supergroup. Egomaniacs join forces, rock out in your favorite arena, and get stinking rich(er). Think Toto. OFF! is the punk version of a supergroup, featuring Keith Morris of Circle Jerks/Black Flag fame as well as members of Redd Kross, Rocket from the Crypt and Burning Brides.

Now that I've wiped the spewage from my chin, I've got some advice: Slap on your cup. This collection is a wicked punch square in the crotch from a big-handed, ring-wearing cow milker. And, partner, if you're a fan of barebones, early '80s SoCal hardcore, you're gonna take that punch and beg for another.

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The band bombs through 16 songs in under 18 minutes. Morris' high-energy talk-shouting is audible and raging. The band holds down the fort with expertise and aplomb providing Morris a powerful pulpit to spout about the usual hardcore topics: dumb people, dumb government and dumb society. Song titles not-so-subtly indicate song subjects. "Now I'm Pissed." "I Don't Belong." "Poison City." "Rat Trap." "Fuck People." "Full of Shit."

Overall these jams evoke memories of the Jerks' Group Sex, but this ain't no sentimental journey and we ain't walkin' through the park reminiscing. The album sounds fresh and vital. So, you know, go get OFF!

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