Keith Morris is the lead singer of a band that has reignited the passion I’ve felt for hardcore since I was a teenager.
Though Mr Morris prefers to avoid the term “supergroup”, let me just add that all members of the band have a super-resumee, which includes Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Rocket from the Crypt, Redd Kross, and Burning Brides among others.
Though the lyrics are political, make no mistake about it – OFF!’s music and energy suits every mood, every day.
With only 1 LP, 4 EP’s and a few singles out there, the band’s made a huge name for itself through the 3 years of its existence, and we at Jekyll and Hyde were lucky enough to get some insight from Keith Morris about the group.
While at first impression he appears intimidating (and I’m not just talking about the heavy resume?), Keith reveals a humorous, positive attitude about his work ethic and life in general.
We spoke briefly about the song “Killing Away” (into the promised land), and I hope he and the band will live up to the promise that they’d perform near the wall if possible. I know I’d be there, as many of our listeners surely will.
Listen to pat 1 of the interview HERE
Keith Morris intro
1. OFF! – Jet Black Girls
Keith on maximizing productivity as a band, due to their limited time, fatherhood-duties, and other bands. Being a vocalist for 33 years, and enjoying the success of OFF!
2. Black Flag – Wasted
3. Circle Jerks – Live Fast Die Young
Keith on their latest European tour
4. OFF! – I Don’t Belong
5. Redd Cross – White Trash
Keith on what he and the other members do in the downtime
6. OFF! – Wiped Out
7. Hot Snakes – Hi-Lites
So far Keith appeared like a positive, happy guy, which clashes with the attitude he presents in OFF!. Keith shares his inspiration for the mood behind the music (rock music, local racism, and lots of ice-coffee) and daily writing routine with Dimitri
8. Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough
9. Turbonegro – Self Destruct
Keith on lyrics and “Killing Away”
10. OFF! – Killing Away
11. OFF! – Panic Attack
12. Burning Brides – Alternative Teenage Suicide
Keith on “I Got News For You”and its connection to anyone who’s ever fucked with him (including the Gregs)
13. OFF! – I Got News For You
14. OFF! – I Want One
Keith on cover songs
15. Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown
16. OFF! – Upside Down
Keith on signing to Vice, after almost signing to Epitaph/Anti. Mr Brett’s first response to OFF!
17. Circle Jerks – Sinking Ship
18. OFF! – Full of Shit
19. OFF! – Elimination
Listen to part 2 of the interview with Keith HERE
20. OFF! – King Kong Brigade
21. Burning Brides – Waring Street
Keith on the lackluster early marketing strategies and the advantages of VICE
22. OFF! – Darkness
Is Keith pleased with VICE?
23. OFF! – Feelings Are Meant To Be Hurt
Bands OFF! toured with and enjoyed.
24. Ceremony – Citizen
25. No Age – Fever Dreaming
Keith on records he recently purchased
26. Charlie Haden and Kenny Barron – You Don’t Know What Love Is
Keith on his his girlfriend’s (Rachel Haden) old band, That Dog
27. That Dog – He’s Kissing Christian
Keith on his radio show and the progress of his upcoming book
28. Circle Jerks – I Just Want Some Skank
29. OFF! – Fuck People
I shared our baby’s affection for OFF!’s music with Keith, and he explained what other comments about OFF! he’s received.
30. OFF! – Borrow and Bomb
31. OFF! – Blast
32. OFF! – Vaporized
33. OFF! – Poison City
34. Rocket From The Crypt – Venom Venom