Off With Their Heads From the Bottom

Off With Their Heads From the Bottom
It’s taken a while but Minneapolis, MN’s Off With Their Heads have finally given the world a proper full-length release and, thankfully, it packs all the dirty, catchy, D4-style punch of their millions of awesome split seven-inches, compiled on last year’s All Things Move Toward Their End. While it seemed like the band’s manic energy and gruff delivery might easily go down as the stuff of vinyl legend after a mediocre full-length release (it happens!), there’s obviously been some thought into making this a step above the band’s singles output without being so much "better” that it loses all their charm. From the Bottom takes the band’s darkest, scummiest sonic and lyrical aspects and cranks them up full, and the marginally cleaner recording only amplifies these qualities further. Comparing the band to Dillinger Four is getting less and less accurate, as OWTH continue to cement their distinct musical identity, an earnest mixture of ridiculously catchy sing-along choruses, driving verses and a seriously strained, hoarse and menacing lyrical delivery. Most punk bands wish they could sound this honest.

Do you think having a somewhat unstable line-up has helped fuel the music you’re making or is it just a pain in the ass?
Vocalist and guitarist Ryan Young: Giant pain in the ass. If everyone that has been in this band wasn’t such a fucking drug addict piece of shit maybe we could keep something together. I think we have a pretty solid line-up now but that’s only due to the fact that we all like the same drugs.

  Did having band members spaced out across the country make pulling together a full-length release difficult?
The record was recorded long before I moved to L.A. I had to move back due to the fact that being an L.A. junky is much more expensive than being a Minneapolis drunk. I hate living here — too many hipsters. Not nearly enough of them are sexy hipsters either. I just can’t tell the difference between the dudes and the chicks, and that quite frankly makes me feel uncomfortable about who I am.

  Was their any concern about losing the awesomely dirty spontaneity of some of your past recordings in the presumably more focused "recording a record” environment?
I don’t know, dude. I just played videogames and wrote lyrics while watching National Lampoon movies. I got pretty drunk and pissed off the engineer too. So, to answer your question, yes? (No Idea)