Trash Talk, Off! | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Trash Talk, Off! Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., April 2, 9 p.m. 2011

Keith Morris cofounded both Black Flag and the Circle Jerks and after 35 years remains one of a few more or less unsullied figureheads in the great hierarchy of hardcore punk. This affords him certain privileges—including pretty much doing whatever the fuck he wants all the time, even if that means interrupting the production of the first Circle Jerks album in 14 years to start Off! In late 2009 Morris started writing songs with guitarist Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides) while Coats was producing the aforementioned Circle Jerks album, and in no time the two of them recruited bassist Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and drummer Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From the Crypt, Hot Snakes). They debuted live at SXSW in 2010, and in two days recorded the 16-song, 17-minute assault First Four EPs (Vice). Morris, lifer that he is, still has a thing or two sticking in his craw ("Now I'm Pissed," "Fuck People"), and he shares his feelings in frenzied blasts of raw, unfiltered punk. The songs are short, simple, and dirty, just as they should be, and Keith Morris is still Keith Morris, just with fewer dreads. What more could you want? —Kevin Warwick

Price: $17, $15 in advance

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