Had I made any resolutions this year, one of them would’ve been to post photos I take in a timely fashion. As it currently stands, my usual turnaround time (Wild About You projects excluded) is six months, twelve months, sometimes never.
Case in point: OFF! is a supergroup featuring Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks), Steve McDonald (Redd Kross), Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes), and Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides). They essentially sound like early Black Flag/Circle Jerks—classic American punk. I saw them twice last May when they passed through the Bay Area, but it wasn’t until I heard they were playing San Francisco this Saturday that I realized I hadn’t done anything with the photos I’d shot. And then I thought, “What does it even matter? There were so many photographers there. No one’s gonna miss these.”
True, but my poor excuse for a memory very well might five, ten years down the line, assuming these blog things still exist. It’s only been nine months since OFF! nearly obliterated the stage at Slim’s and possibly violated a few fire codes in Amoeba Berkeley’s small performance space, but it might as well have been nine years ago.
Fortunately, looking at these photos helped me remember a couple of things:
- I got two cameras into the Slim’s show, a Canon 60D and Olympus E-P2.
- Spider Fever (with Mario on guitar and vocals) and Fidlar opened. I was excited to see Spider Fever, having enjoyed their HoZac single. I was impressed by Fidlar—I hadn’t yet heard of them but they were apparently popular enough for a large, enthusiastic crowd to come specifically for them and leave when they finished.
- Keith Morris was a seasoned showman, followed closely by Steve and Dimitri. He really roused the audience, judging by the crush of flailing bodies behind me and the nonstop stage-diving mostly by heavy, middle-aged men. I was right against the stage but somehow managed to avoid most of the wayward fists, spikes, and boots. The older mohawked woman next to me wasn’t so lucky and took quite a beating. I seriously thought she had a broken nose after someone kicked her in the face in their eagerness to heave themselves into the pit. Ah, just like old times!
Incidentally, OFF! has cancelled their current West Coast tour, which is a bummer if you were planning to see them. Hopefully these will tide you over until they reschedule.
Canon 60D, 24mm, 1/80, f2.8, ISO 2500