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Off!

OFF!

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May 8, 2012

"I wanna club you like a baby seal!" hollers 56-year-old Keith Morris, formerly of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks, in "King Kong Brigade," the climax of this hot new hardcore outfit's full-length debut. Morris, one of L.A.'s crustiest punks, and his similarly ripe crew manage a neat trick, sounding like hopped-up young men as they bash out 16 buzz-saw-and-brimstone tracks in as many minutes. On "I Got News for You," Morris even attacks a "king of a scene," like he just stumbled off the bus. But the singer – his bellow clear and bright as ever – doesn't merely vent. He inhabits characters, from junkies to gun nuts. And his best lines ("Sulfuric after-shave – my spirit can't be saved!") rate as gonzo poetry.

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