OFF!, the punk brain trust formed in 2010 by Keith Morris (ex-Black Flag, Circle Jerks) and Dimitri Coats (ex-Burning Brides), have just shared their first new recording in seven years: a cover of Metallica’s “Holier Than Thou” slated for official release on September 10th as part of The Metallica Blacklist, a compilation spanning 53 artists covering songs from The Black Album. The recording marks the debut of the band’s powerful new rhythm section: bassist Autry Fulbright II (…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead) and drummer Justin Brown (Thundercat, Herbie Hancock). The injection of new energy into the band’s signature high-anxiety hardcore is palpable and volatile, adding a new swing to the music’s incendiary thrust. “Holier Than Thou” arrives in conjunction with a music video starring David Yow (Jesus Lizard), Angelo Moore (Fishbone), and Derrick Beckles (TV Carnage).
The band has also just signed to the meticulously curated indie powerhouse Fat Possum, who is planning a full reissue of the band’s back catalog for later this year. Meanwhile OFF! is continuing to work on a plethora of projects, including their first studio album with the new lineup and their long-planned sci-fi feature film. Much more to come.