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:
Also check out some additional coverage of the event: