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C2SV Live Review: OFF! at the Blank Club

2 October 2013 No Comment

C2SV Music Festival
The Blank Club
September 27, 2013
Review and Photos by Jeff Longo
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Los Angeles punk rock super-group OFF! lead by former Black Flag & Circle Jerks front man Keith Morris, performed at The Blank Club in San Jose, California with The Flames & The Icarus Line as part of the C2SV Music Festival + Technology conference. With over 70+ acts performing over 4 days at 12 local venues, The Blank Club was definitely the punk epicenter of the festival. Saturday’s line up was headlined by G.F.P. (General Fucking Principle), featuring Greg Hetson from Bad Religion and skateboarding legend Tony Alva. G.F.P., Bibles & Hand Grenades, and Dirty Pillows.

After getting my metal fix with Deafheaven at the San Jose Rock Shop, I rolled over to The Blank Club with plenty of time for the main event of the evening OFF! The place was packed and plenty drunk by the time they took the stage at 12:15am and kicked into a 20 song set of “no bullshit, blue collar punk fucking rock” like it was 1980! A pit opened up , bodies started banging, and the madness began. With average song length under a minute the boys from Hermosa frantically belted out the punishment in four to five song salvos, with Morris’ banter providing the only break. Even at 58 Morris can still kick an audiences ass like none other.

During one of these interludes Morris was visually chocked up while introducing a song written for his best friend singer/guitarist of The Gun Club named “Jeffrey Lee Peirce,” a rare private moment considering he has given the same introduction more or less at every show. OFF! also has a new song called “What’s Next?” debuting in the new video game Grand Theft Auto V, which also features Keith as the host of punk station Channel X. This band deserves your attention, give it to them now! Off!’s self titled second release made Stubble’s Best Albums of 2012.

About C2SV:

C2SV is San Jose’s first music + technology and hosted over 70+ acts performing over 4 days at 12 local venues along with a technology conference celebrating the convergence of technology and creativity as only Silicon Valley can. Silicon Valley Business Journal is reporting that C2SV will return to San Jose next year after the tech-music festival’s inaugural run drew about 5,000 attendees. “I think we won over the skeptics,” said event organizer Dan Pulcrano, who is also executive editor and CEO at the Metro Silicon Valley weekly newspaper. “Like any first-time event, we didn’t get as many sponsors and attendees as we wanted, but we’ll have an easier time next year.” Pulcrano is trying to build a brand for Silicon Valley to rival SXSW, the Austin festival that originated as a music event and now draws throngs of tech executives looking to schmooze and booze.

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