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Off! Bring War to Los Angeles

US punk rock supergroup OFF! have released the first taste of their forthcoming new album in the shape of the combative ‘War Above Los Angeles’.

It arrives with a video featuring Dead Kennedys’ D.H. Peligro, David Yow from the Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid, professional skateboarder Don Nguyen and many more.

The single will feature on ‘Free LSD’, which is both the title of their first longer player in eight years, which arrives 30 September, and – arriving in 2023 – an accompanying feature film.

The group includes singer Keith Morris (ex-Black Flag, Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (ex-Burning Brides) on guitar, new drummer Justin Brown (Thundercat, Herbie Hancock) and bassist Autry Fulbright II (…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead).

They’ve a US tour lined up to support the 20 track ‘Free LSD’ and its sounds that incorporate elements of Sun Ra and The Stooges, with layers of electronics and guest saxophone from Jon Wahl (Claw Hammer), as well as no-nonsense 90-second blasts.

Morris said: “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 colours and shades that were involved in all of the other breakneck and car chase scenarios. Miles Davis with Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters as opposed to Milo Goes to College.”

Coats added that the band had been thinking of the album as a soundtrack to a weird sci-fi movie. “[This] 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.”

Ahead of the arrival of the new album, which will also feature Raymond Pettibon artwork, the OFF! back catalogue of 2010’s ‘First Four EPs’, 2012’s ‘OFF!’ and 2014’s ‘Wasted Years’ will be reissued by their new label Fat Possum Records.

2022 OFF! US tour dates

24/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

25/10 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole

26/10 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

28/10 – Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co.

29/10 – Austin, TX @ Levitation Festival

31/10 – Memphis, TN @ Black Lodge Video

1/11 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East

2/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

3/11 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

5/11 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage

6/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

10/11 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

11/11 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

12/11 – Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus

13/11 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

16/11 – Detroit, MI @ Third Man Records

17/11 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

18/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line

8/12 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

9/12 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

10/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

12/12 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

13/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw

14/12 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

16/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent

17/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room

OFF! 2022 photo by Jeff Forney

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