Monday, March 28, 2011

Interview: Keith Morris of OFF!

Best described as a legend in the punk and hardcore scenes, Keith Morris is truly a modern day renaissance man. The former frontman for Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Midget Handjob has returned with a new band, OFF!, that updates the classic late 70's/early 80's California hardcore sound and throws it in your face on their debut, First Four EP's. I talked to Keith over the phone as he nursed a cold and discussed OFF!, showcased his eclectic taste in music and mused over politics and the abandoned Circle Jerks reunion. Also, he has a radio show called Totally Psyched which airs Tuesday afternoon and you can find out more about here. Check out OFF! in a city near you and this Saturday night (April 2), they will be performing at Bottom Lounge in Chicago. This interview took place on March 7. Thanks to Trevor at Biz 3 for setting this up.

Also, let it be known that this is a much longer interview than usual and presented in two parts and in its full uncut (minus a few seconds) glory.

Photo borrowed from Mitchell Tomlinson and OFF!'s MySpace.

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