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Off With Their Heads Sign With Epitaph Records and Kickoff New Tour

Epitaph Records is proud to announce the signing of Minneapolis punk band Off With Their Heads. The punk road dogs recently took time off from touring to record their second full length album, with plans for a summer release, but left the engine running for a two month long excursion of US and Canada that begins February 3 (Tour Dates Listed Below).

Formed in 2002, Off With Their Heads went through a slew of musicians before finally cementing the lineup with Ryan Young on vocals/guitar, Justin Francis on drums, Zack Gontard on guitar and Robbie Swartwood on bass. Since their inception, the band has released an impressive catalog of music including seventeen 7"'s, one LP and a few comps, and has toured relentlessly in US, Europe, Canada and Japan for the past five years with bands like Against Me, Youth Brigade, The Bouncing Souls and Municipal Waste to name a few.

It was during Off With Their Heads' 2009 tour with Against Me when the band got the call from Epitaph's owner/president Brett Gurewitz saying that he was a fan of the band.

"Off With Their Heads might be the best punk band going right now, Epitaph needs them; music needs them," says Gurewitz.

"I remember the first time I'd heard of Epitaph," Young adds. "It was when I was in junior high and Rancid had just released Let's Go. I saw the video, and immediately went and bought the record. I got into the compilations, and that started me on the road to finding all these great aggressive catchy punk bands. Living in a small farm town, I had never been exposed to this kind of music before, and from there I learned about punk. I guess you could say Epitaph was my gateway into everything that I would wind up becoming. For that reason alone, I am ecstatic to be a part of one of the biggest influences on my life."

Off With Their Heads are well on their way to carving out their own punk rock story with their modern take on vintage punk fueled anthems. As the band begins the next chapter of their career they took the time to record their best album to date.

"We recorded our record in Minneapolis at a studio called The Terrarium," says Young. "This is where most of the great sounding records that come out of town are recorded. I think the difference between this record and our last one is that we have enough time to make sure everything is tracked and mixed the way we would like it to be. We have never in 6 years had more than 2-3 days in a studio, and there have been parts on every recording that I'd wished we would have fixed and not used the old "good enough" excuse. The songs stylistically are a mix of something from every record, which is great."

When asked about the new music, Young says "it's a good mix of driving aggression and also mid tempo pop. Those are our two strong suits, and I'm hoping they shine through as well as they have in the past. Lyrically, it's about the good and the bad things of the lifestyle that I've chosen for myself."

Stay tuned to and for information about the new album coming this summer.

Off With Their Heads Tour Dates:

Feb 3 - Greenbay, WI - Baba Louie's (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 4 - Madison, WI - The Frequency (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 5 -Indianapolis, IN - ES Jungle (early/all ages show)
Feb 5 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vollrath Tavern (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 6 - Grand Rapids, MI - Mulligan's Pub (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 7 - Columbus, OH - Bernie's Distillery (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 8 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 9 - Endicott, NY - Death Trap (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 10 - Albany, NY - Valentines - Downstairs 120 (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 11 - Hartford, CT - The Charter Oak Cultural (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 12 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 13 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West Café (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 14 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5 (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 16 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero (Headline Show w/Slow Death)
Feb 17 - Chattanooga, TN - J.J.'s Bohemia
Feb 18 - Louisville, KY - Skull Alley (w/ Ataris)
Feb 19 - Toledo, OH - Frankie's
Feb 20 - London, ON - Call The Office
Feb 21 - Toronto, ON - HorseShoe Tavern
Feb 22 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
Feb 23 - Quebec City, QC - L'Agitee
Feb 24 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques
Feb 25 - Saint Catherines, ON - Mikado
Feb 26 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
Feb 27 - Wilkes Barre, PA -Café Metropolis
Feb 28 - Washington, DC - Black Cat- Backstage
Mar 3 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn (Headline Show w/Dear Landlord)
Mar 4 - Tampa, FL - Transitions Art Gallery (Headline Show w/Dear Landlord)
Mar 5 - Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic Night Spot (Headline Show w/Dear Landlord)
Mar 6 - Miami, FL - Churchill's (Headline Show w/Dear Landlord)
Mar 7 - Orlando, FL - Back Booth (Headline Show w/Dear Landlord)
Mar 8 - Vero Beach, FL - Filthy McNasty's Pubbery
Mar 14 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Johns County Fairgrounds (Harvest of Hope Festival)
Mar 15 - Tallahassee, FL - The Farside
Mar 16 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
Mar 17 - New Orleans, LA - The Big Top

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Same here

I was from a small town and everyone into punk was into it because of rancid and then epitaph & Give em the Boot compliations. It's cool to see the bands coming along now where that was their influence - it's paying off. new generation and so on.

I feel that's been a bit lost lately - maybe the internet - or maybe it's just me.

OWTH killed it last night in toronto.




I am sure signing great bands is easier say than done. But Off With Your Head is a perfect fit. Well done. I am truly impressed.
Furthermore, somebody at Epitaph has TRULY been doing their punk rock homework! I have noticed. With Blood Brothers, Alkaline Trio, Every Time I Die, and Frank Turner on the Epitaph roster, it looks like we can start saying goodbye to bands with bad haircuts.



It's about time

Best raw punk music I've heard in awhile. I gave up on punk about 25 years ago and Off With Their Heads brought me right back into it. Now i've aquired a taste for it all again but this is the band that sucked me right back in. THANKS!!! Nice to see individuals like Brett Gurewitz "get it". I thought record industry management lost touch but Epitaph is still rolling right. Note to OWTH, don't f#$k it up.

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