VODKA VODKA returns in February. Limited early bird tickets are on sale right now!

First Offense 

Rock 'n Roll Bad Guys (Step Up! Records)

Like most Akron punks, the members of First Offense have made major indoor sports of drinking, fighting, and identifying with their underheralded hometown. The crusty quartet is so committed to the underdog theme that the odds-and-ends collection Rock 'n Roll Bad Guys starts with the theme from Rocky. For the tattooed street dogs, upending society is a nice idea (see "Let's Start the Revolution"), but they have to be at work in the morning, so the really rowdy business gets postponed until the weekend.

Putting down their PBR pounders, the bandmates spike their anthemic punk with shots of off-key Oi!, circle-pit hardcore, and five-second guitar solos. Completely unfettered by technique and melody -- that's a good thing -- a raspy Danny D dedicates "Till Death Do Us Part" to "the desperate and heartbroken, the hardworking motherfuckers drinking beer at the end of each fuckin' day," before launching into one gritty call-and-response chorus for the road: "I'm drunk/Drunk/Until I'm dead." Pretty good for a dead guy.

More by D.X. Ferris


Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Greg Fitzsimmons @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Jan. 17
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert @ Severance Hall

    • Sun., Jan. 20
  • Tinder Live with Lane Moore @ Grog Shop

    • Tue., Jan. 22

© 2019 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation