Cerebral Ballzy (US)
The co-founder of the legendary Black Flag band, singer Keith Morris brings his powerful, honest, kickjing and stunning OFF! punk band to the ship along with the great Brookly-based Cerebral Ballzy for support. It's about time to punk!
Over the past four years, OFF! have proven to be more than just a band. They also raise a series of challenging questions. After four decades of heavy use, does punk rock still have any life left in it? Do Keith Morris and his gang of grown-ass punk heroes still have the goods?
They’ve answered their own questions with a resounding yes through a packed itinerary of shows and a handful of recordings that are among the rawest musical experiences of the new decade. Combining reckless improvisational energy with the combined skills of four deadly sharp musicians, OFF! have dug down through a decades’ worth of accumulated stylistic garbage, and rediscovered the stripped down core of noise, speed, and rock & roll that punk seemed to have lost forever.
Their third full-length studio recording, Wasted Years, is the most direct and in-your-face embodiment of OFF!’s mission yet. Recorded in their practice space, live to 8-track 1/2" tape--with the barest minimum of rehearsal beforehand and enough mic bleed to make punching in over rough spots afterward an impossibility--the album captures the group (Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven McDonald, and drummer Mario Rubalcaba) in the spontaneous act of bringing its 16 songs to frenzied life. Listening to it is like jumping into the middle of one of the most chaotic and electrifying creative musical environments on Earth, where Cuban rhythms and Sabbath riffs collide with the energy of a California circle pit.
Searingly loud, frantically paced, and best taken in a single 23-minute dose, Wasted Years is a sonic cinder block, a clenched fist raised in the face of rock & roll refinement. If you had any questions about the state of punk in 2014, this is your answer.
Keith Morris - vocals
(Circle Jerks/Black Flag)
Dimitri Coats - guitar
Steven McDonald - bass
Mario Rubalcaba - drums
Cerebral Ballzy (US)
Cerebral Ballzy is a punk band from Brooklyn, New York, United States. The band was formed in 2008 and released their debut, self-titled, album on 26 July 2011. The album was released in full as an online preview on the Revolver Magazine website.
Cerebral Ballzy are known for their love of 80s punk, along with a keen interest in drinking, girls, pizza and skateboarding. The band has received praise for their debut single Insufficient Fare and their energetic live performances. According to the lead singer, Honor Titus, the name Cerebral Ballzy came from a friend who dropped a slice of pizza on a train track and picked it up. Honor said “That was ballsy” and his friend replied “Cerebral Ballsy!”.
The band has completed a tour of the US and played major European festivals including Hevy Music, Sonisphere, Lowland, Pukkelpop, Soundwaves, Summersonic, Roskilde, Eurocannes and Latitude. They played at the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan and the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK in August 2011, are headlining the 2013 NME Radar Tour, and have played with Flag, Black Lips, The Horrors, Japanther, GBH, and FEAR.