Off! Prove Punk Isn’t Dead At Irving Plaza During CMJ

Hardcore punk supergroup Off! plays a blistering set at Irving Plaza as a part of CMJ's Music Marathon

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Off! plays a blistering set at Irving Plaza on the first night of the CMJ Music Marathon. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Double Negative opened the show. Vocalist Cameron Craig was an enthusiastic frontman who didn't stop moving the entire set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Double Negative's guitarist Scott Williams shreds. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Double Negative's bassist Justin Gray stayed mostly in the shadows throughout the bands set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The Spits were next to the stage and their throwback punk sound caused a large circle pit to breakout in the middle of the floor at Irving Plaza. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Drummer Wayne Draves rocked makeup and at one point literally set fire to his cymbal as he played it. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Bassist Erin Wood also provided some of the vocals throughout the bands set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Guitarist Sean Wood provided the majority of the vocals though, in addition to playing intense riffs that kept the circle pit open for their entire set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Rather than start their set right away, Off!'s frontman Keith Morris chose to tell the crowd a story before playing any music. Photos by Michel Dussack
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In addition to being the first night of CMJ's Music Marathon, it was also the first night of Off's fall tour. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Before Off! got together, Keith Morris served as vocalist for Black Flag. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The band played an insane number of songs, with their setlists on stage being over three pages long. The set wasn't overly long however, as each song averages about a minute long. Photos by Michel Dussack
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In between songs early on in the night, Keith expressed how important it was for everyone in the venue to go out and vote in November. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Guitarist Dimitri Coats shreds while being bathed in light from behind. Photos by Michel Dussack
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When a crowd member asked Keith which presedential candidate he supported, Keith chose not to take sides. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Bassist Steven Shane McDonald was by far the fastest moving member on stage; he didn't stop moving for the entire set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Off! seemed to feed off the crowd's energy - the rowdier the crowd got, the more energized the band was. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Recently, Off! released a music video for "Wrong" featuring actor Jack Black. Photos by Michel Dussack
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By the end of their set, it seemed like both the band and the crowd were completely drained of all their energy and aggression, having gotten it out during the performance. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The show was an incredibly promising start for both CMJ's Music Marathon and Off!'s fall tour.
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