Published Apr 02, 2019While it may have all seemed like an April Fool's joke, punk supergroup OFF! really are returning with a new album. The record is being called Watermelon, and it will apparently arrive alongside a film described as a "sci-fi punk rockumentary."
Keith Morris and co. have launched a Kickstarter campaign to make the project a reality. As is typically the case with such crowdfunding, there are a variety of perks, including some merch designed by artist Raymond Pettibon.
OFF! are looking to raise $175,000 from the campaign, and if all goes according to plan, they will start shooting the film in 2020.
While not much has been revealed for the album portion of the project, the band called the film a "modern day Repo Man" and a "science fiction documentary comedy that follows the band's breakup and reemergence as time-travelling, crime-fighting superheroes."
The film has apparently been in the works since 2016, and OFF! shared a trailer over on Kickstarter. The film will reportedly features the likes of Jack Black, Jesus Lizard's David Yow, Dave Foley and Brian Posehn.
OFF elaborated on the project with the following:
Five years after breaking up, OFF! are home in Los Angeles. Keith starts a romantic relationship with a girl who has just moved to town. They fail to have sex because of Keith's erectile dysfunction caused by diabetes. An infomercial promising powerful long-lasting erections lures Keith down a strange path to an eccentric doctor running a Brain Development Agency. An alternative Viagra made from mind-altering watermelons not only restores Keith's manhood, but also gives him the ability to travel through space and time.
Keith offers the drug to the rest of the band as a solution to their problems. As they teleport through strange alternate realities, each member develops his own unique superpower. OFF! become hardcore heroes who can sense and stop unjust wrongdoings. On his podcast, Keith and the band become clairvoyants who are able to see and predict horrific events before they happen. When they turn to music, the group discovers a new experimental approach which not only redefines punk, but also becomes an underground movement. OFF!'s revolutionary sound attracts more than a new audience of fanatic human followers.
You can learn more about the project and contribute here.
ICYMI OFF! first revealed Watermelon as part of a April Fool's joke that claimed Morris broke up the band to take up a position as the president of Kickstarter Music. You can revisit the gag below.
OFF! last released a proper album back in 2014 with Wasted Years.