Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ryan Adams: "OFF! makes me want to rip my arm off & beat myself in the head." (First Four EP's)

[First Four EP's] makes me want to rip my arm off and beat myself in the head with it. It makes me want to destroy my teeth and replace them with live sharks. Keith Morris (Black Flag-Circle Jerks) on vocals, Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides) on guitar and Goldilocks-gone-wrong hair, Steve McDonald (Redd Kross!!! wow) on bass with super awesome style, and Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket from The Crypt) on drums - He beats the shit out of them elegantly) ... This is a band from LA and they are on their own trip. Fast, furious, no bullshit Hardcore. As much as I loved the Circle Jerks this is the brass ring. It's Keith at his best and as a band they literally make me want to get the fuck up and go.
Listen - these songs are tiny nuclear bombs for your brains. They take less than a minute and half each to destroy your humility. If you ever get a chance to see them live you will either restore your faith in the power of Rock "N" Roll or convert you to some form of evangelical localism.
This is the record I was hoping for and for so many years and to be around when it was made is something special. I wish I could hire helicopters to drop copies of this off on suburban neighborhoods in hopes of starting some mass uprising of bands that truly were getting crazy for themselves - But in reality the pilot would get fined and jailed for reckless flying and I would probably get some kind of "air-litter" charge. Either way - Fuck everyone! They make me happy to be alive and fucking proud to live in LA.

- Ryan Adams AKA: "Sleezy Handshake"

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