Off With Their Heads’ fifth studio album, Be Good is available now. Produced by frontman Ryan Young, the album was recorded at Minneapolis studio The Hideaway with additional recording done at Pachyderm Studios, a mid-century mansion where Nirvana recorded In Utero. Listen to ‘Be Good’ now.
Earlier this week, Off With Their Heads shared the music video for “No Love,” which features a series of “failed” video treatments. The video was directed by frontman Ryan Young alongside Against Me!’s bassist Andrew Seward. Watch the video for “No Love” here.
Forced acceptance is a big theme of Be Good, though it’s a hard-learned one, often emerging in the form of primal screams in the band’s trademark style of gruff-punk. “Hands up to the sky and shout at the top of your lungs, ‘til the floor falls out!” Young yells on the title track, sounding somewhere between motivational speaker and hard-nosed therapist.
Much of the self-deprecation that defined the band’s previous work has been adjusted. It was the years spent out of the van, developing a life at home in Chicago, that gave Young his newfound, slightly more positive perspective. “Not being on the road 250 days a year, actually trying to develop some sort of life outside of playing shows and drinking, you’d be surprised what that does,” he says.
Off With Their Heads is Ryan Young (vocals/guitar), Robbie Swartwood (bass), John Polydoros (guitar), Kyle Manning (drums).
BE GOOD TRACK LISTING
2. Be Good
3. You Will Die
4. No Love
5. Take Me Away
6. Tear Me Apart
7. Trash It
8. Let It All
9. Severe Errand
10. Locking Eyes
Off With Their Heads is currently on tour with Canadian punk rock band Single Mothers as support and will perform tonight in Brooklyn at The Kingsland. The second leg of touring will begin in October with support from Pennsylvania duo Slingshot Dakota. Tickets are on sale now.
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS TOUR DATES
w/ Single Mothers as support
8/16 Brooklyn, NY Kingsland
8/17 Asbury Park, NJ House of Independents
8/18 Croydon, PA Neshaminy Creek Brewery
8/20 Lancaster, PA Lizard Lounge
8/21 Millvale, PA The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls
8/22 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
8/23 Fort Wayne, IN Tiger Room at Welch's Ale House
8/24 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
w/ Slingshot Dakota as support
10/4 Minneapolis, MN Mortimers
10/5 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
10/6 Winnipeg, MB The Park Theatre
10/8 Edmonton, AB The Buckingham
10/9 Calgary, AB Palomino Smokehouse
10/11 Vancouver, BC SBC
10/12 Seattle, WA Highline Bar
10/13 Portland, OR Paris Theatre
10/18 Sacramento, CA The Blue Lamp
10/21 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater
10/23 San Diego, CA The Casbah
10/24 Las Vegas, NV The Bunkhouse Saloon
10/25 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge
10/27 Dallas, TX Three Links
10/28 Austin, TX Barracuda
10/29 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
10/30 New Orleans, LA Banks St. Bar
11/1-3 Gainesville, FL The Fest