Last Night: OFF! & Negative Approach at Warehouse Live
For OFF!, performing is a decidedly more joyful experience than it is for Negative Approach. Bassist Steven Shane McDonald banged his head ecstatically with a huge grin plastered on his face as the band tore into multiple suites of short, frenetic hardcore tunes.
Things did turn serious for a minute, however, as Morris introduced the song "Jeffrey Lee Pierce," a eulogy for his close friend and the guitarist for '80s punks the Gun Club. It's not often that a hardcore show turns poignant, but on Thursday night it happened, if only briefly.
In between blasts of incredible rock and roll volume, Morris shared tales of The Church, the illicit practice space/commune shared by Black Flag and other musicians and scenesters at the tail end of the '70s. He even made a point to remind all in attendance to rock the vote come November.
"If you're old enough to vote and you don't vote, then you don't get to complain about all of the bad things happening," he said.
A few of the more apolitical meatheads in the audience grumbled at the sermon, but Morris shrugged them off easily.
"I'm gonna talk because I've earned the right to talk," he said. That drew a big cheer.