By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
Coats is nearly 15 years Morris' junior and calls him his "best friend." Though he comes from an East Coast alt-rock background, it was Coats' zeal and clarity of vision that put Morris into a "time machine that took me back to the basement of the Church," Black Flag's original rehearsal space in Hermosa Beach.
"[Coats] was in my living room jamming away, and I said, 'What you're playing right there, this is what we're supposed to be doing,' " Morris recalls. Though they reject the label, they're clearly inspired by classic American punk; their debut album delivers deftly executed hardcore while hinting at a nuanced collective personality taking shape. Opener "Wiped Out" could be heyday Dickies, with Morris' adolescent speak-shout punctuating studiously garage-y guitar progressions, but then "King Kong Brigade" lets things (relatively) decelerate, with its undulating dynamics and atmospheric outro.
"I come more from a metal background, so I try to pull in some of the dark stuff," Coats explains. "And [Morris] wants it to be more of a party."
They're hitting the road with a reunited Refused in July, and between Off!'s short tours and occasional rehearsal and recording sessions, Morris' bandmates return to their families. He wanders back to his rented, memorabilia-stuffed Los Feliz apartment; he speaks of selling his collection of albums and autographs and moving abroad, perhaps to Berlin.
Having been called a legend by any number of publications and websites, he's not sure what to make of it all.
"I don't shine that kind of light on myself," he mulls. "Being a legend, with a pocketful of change, might not get you a bus ride or a cup of coffee."
"Opener "Wiped Out" could be heyday Dickies, "
Uh...NO!There are precisely no similarities to any dickies tunes thereThe rhythm barre chords are reworked Black Flag "Nervous Breakdown" and the lyrics bear NO resemblance to anything ever penned by Stan and Leonard.
I like both bands plenty...but the OFF!/Disckies comparison is PO'
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