A documentary on LA hardcore heroes, the CIRCLE JERKS, entitled CIRCLE JERKS – My Life as a Jerk is set to be released on September 25, 2012 via MVD Entertainment Group.
Filmmaker David Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke, The Slog Movie) mixes in-depth interviews, rare live footage and historical perspective to illustrate the story of one of the most influential bands in the American underground.
“I was at many of these shows, and let me tell you, there wasn’t a tighter band in Los Angeles at the time,” said Markey. “Making this film reminded me just how truly great they were.”
My Career as a Jerk follows the band from their early days and classic debut to navigating the independent label and touring scene of the 80’s to the addictions, fights and injuries that forced their break up.
Features interviews with members Keith Morris, Greg Hetson, Lucky Leher, Earl Liberty, Zander Schloss as well as J. Mascis (DINOSAUR JR.), Henry Rollins, Brian Baker (MINOR THREAT, BAD RELIGION), and more.
Last Wednesday night was a special night in Los Angeles. Originally billed as an OFF! EP release party, the event grew into a taping for OFF!‘s first televised appearance and a sort of super reunion shows that included recently reactivated bands, L.A.’s REDD KROSS (RED CROSS) and D.C.’s SCREAM.
OFF!, featuring Keith Morris (CIRCLE JERKS, BLACK FLAG), Dimitri Coats (BURNING BRIDES), Steven McDonald (REDD KROSS), and Mario Rubalcaba (EARTHLESS, ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, HOT SNAKES) kicked off the evening blasting through the four songs off their debut release, 1st EP, of which were taped for airing on the Carson Daly show. The band then pummeled through additional songs slated for subsequent EP releases. Keith Morris, a man of many words, left no part of the set without a story to tell or classic crowd mouthing interaction.
Following a short set change, REDD KROSS (RED CROSS) took the stage with OFF!‘s Steven McDonald as well as Mario Rubalcaba filling in on drums. They kept the energy alive performing a short set of their early pop-tinged punk classics.
D.C.’s SCREAM, with their original lineup fronted by Pete Stahl (GOATSNAKE), stepped things up an additional notch. The already exhausted crowd of old punks were treated to a quintessential D.C. hardcore set like no body does anymore.
Though this was OFF!‘s big night, this was a special night for all bands and fans in attendance getting to witness the past and the future of real punk and hardcore.
Check out the clip of OFF!‘s said Caron Daly airing below:
OFF!, the new hardcore band featuring Keith Morris (CIRCLE JERKS, BLACK FLAG), Dimitri Coats (BURNING BRIDGES), Steven McDonald (RED KROSS), and Mario Rubalcaba (EARTHLESS), have scheduled a few tour dates starting with the Riot Fest on October 9, 2010 with the CRO-MAGS.
Oct 9 2010 Riot Fest (Double Door w/CRO-MAGS) Chicago, IL
Oct 13 2010 Amoeba Records Hollywood, CA
Oct 13 2010 Club Lingerie (EP Record Release Party) Hollywood, CA
Nov 7, 2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest (Waterloo Park) Austin, TX
Check out the video for the band’s new song, “Darkness“: