Last night, my boyfriend and I headed to The Haunt in Brighton to see OFF! I’ll admit, they weren’t a band I had heard of outside of my boy liking them but I’d heard an album and they seemed pretty good. Plus Trash Talk was supporting and I’ve seen them once before at Concorde 2.
The Haunt is quite an intimate venue and for anyone who didn’t make it to the front or is under 7’10”, it’s pretty difficult to see. Luckily Trash Talk decided that wouldn’t be a problem – the guitarist jumped on top of speakers and the singer sang while crowd surfing, upside down with his feet on the ceiling.
Trash Talk put on a good, albeit short show. But then it’s not something that can be helped by a band whose songs are an average of about 49 seconds.
When Keith Morris, lead of OFF! took to the stage, he made it his own. As the original frontman of hardcore punk band Black Flag, he’s no stranger to a crowded floor. He was so animated, jumping around all over the place and full of energy despite being in his mid fifties and claiming to have the flu.
He also had a really nice coversational style, stopping in between songs with anecdotes about times gone by. He dedicated a song to the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce of The Gun Club, which I hear is something he does often – but unlike other singers who can sometimes bore the crowd with their irrelvant blabber, I was actually interested in what Keith had to say.
If you can catch them on tour, you won’t be disappointed. If the flu doesn’t hold this man back, I don’t know what would.