Punk rock and skateboarding…skateboarding and punk rock…synonymous. I grew up skateboarding and listening to bands like: Minor Threat, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, JFA, Agent Orange, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, etc…as I believe, most of us did. The message, the culture, the independence, are all one in the same. But, I don’t need to tell you that. Anyway, although both punk rock and skateboarding have both become more mainstream over the years, the passion in what has created who we are today is still as strong as ever. Not only has skateboarding come full-circle, but punk rock music has as well. The new generation of kids are as diverse in their skateboarding as they are in their music selections. More and more kids are skating pools, bowls, ditches, and vert ramps and listening to bands like Agent Orange, and Black Flag, and the Ramones…like it was the 80’s. Even their trick selection reflects this…I’ve seen more inverts and bonelesses in the last year than I have in 20 years.
Let’s also not forget these guys that are skating and playing music well into their 50’s these days with the same intensity that they always have. Keith Morris is the perfect example of the music aspect of that. Morris formed Black Flag with Greg Ginn in 1978, and after only a short time, left Black Flag to form the Circle Jerks with Greg Hetson. Seven albums, 15+ years, and a hiatus later, OFF! is formed. OFF! is Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), and ex-professional skateboarder Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes, Earthless, Rocket From The Crypt). OFF! came to be after a failed attempt to breathe life back into the Circle Jerks in 2009. Coats had been working as the producer on the album, and he and Morris already had several songs written, so they formed OFF!. OFF! made their live debut at the 2010 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX and in typical punk rock fashion, their first release was a 7″ vinyl EP called 1st EP. In December of 2010, OFF! released First Four EPs and in May of this year released their first full-length self-titled album.
I missed OFF! the last time they came through town, so I was determined not to let that happen again this time around. OFF! played with Negative Approach and Double Negative at the State Theater in downtown St. Petersburg, FL on Tuesday night and I had the opportunity to shoot some photographs. Enjoy. -Nicks
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Keith Morris is a punk rock legend, and needs no introduction. Keith’s latest band OFF! played the State Theatre in St. Pete last weekend, and our friend Zac Tomlinson was there to snap some sick photos! Feral Babies, Cerebral Ballzy, & Retox opened and Keith also did a little “Meet & Greet” at Daddy Kool Records before the show. Check out the video below for Crawl off of OFF!’s First Four EP’s featuring 2010 Thrasher Magazine “Skater of the Year”, Leo Romero. Skateboarding and Punk Rock…like Ebony & Ivory.
All Photos © Zac Tomlinson
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Frank Turner rules. He played Crowbar Live in Tampa last Friday night, and Zac Tomlinson was there to document the evening.
All Photos © Zac Tomlinson
This Saturday, May 21st, get to downtown Bradenton for this! Realize Bradenton Presents: Party On The Plaza. Party On The Plaza is an outdoor evening of libations, food, live music by “Bradenton’s Own band” Have Gun Will Travel, skateboarding demos by the Underground Skate Shop Team, and much, much more! Click here for all of the details and to purchase tickets.
Have Gun, Will Travel – “Salad Days”:
Del The Funky Homosapien is coming through Florida next week and is doing a couple of shows right here in the Tampa Bay area!
First up is The Bricks on Thursday, May 12th.
Then, on Saturday, May 14th…P(a)yne Skate Park in Sarasota!
Tomorrow, Friday, April 15th is New World Brewery’s 16th Birthday Party! Stop by and party with Sunbears!, The Semis, Alexander & The Grapes, Gentlemen Please, and Thee Liquid Jesus DJ’s. Holy cow! $8 for all of that?!?! Check all the details here.
Have Gun, Will Travel, The Semis, and DJ Marcos Udagawa this Friday, March 11th at The Local 662. If you are not partying in Tampa for the 17th Annual Tampa Pro, make sure to check out this show. Have Gun, Will Travel is hands-down one of the best bands in the Tampa Bay area and they are getting ready to leave for SXSW and then they are going to be doing a little touring. The Semis also rule! 9 pm…$8!
The Beauvilles (Tampa, FL), Josh Roberts & The Hinges (Columbia, SC), and The Living Arches (Tampa, FL) are playing the New World Brewery this Friday, March 4th. I saw The Beauvilles last Saturday night at BAAMO’s “One For The Road” and they were incredible! Do it…doors are at 9pm and the show is only $7.
Have Gun, Will Travel
If you find yourself in Austin, Texas for SXSW in March, you should be slapped if you miss this: