Off With Their Heads
An unhealthy tour schedule and tons of releases has left Minneapolis-based band Off With Their Heads on the burly, beer-soaked end of the punk spectrum. But despite their connection to the working class, frontman Ryan Young belts out weary, thin-skinned downers with his heart planted squarely on his sleeve. The lyrics revolve around love, loss, dead ends and new beginnings. It’s that same downtrodden earnestness that made Jawbreaker and Hot Water Music so endearing, and it’s a welcome addition to today’s paltry pop punk offerings.
The band earned their stripes with ten years hard work and too many line-up changes to keep up with. Releasing records on No Idea and Epitaph, they’ve settled in among the fallout of late-nineties emo-tinged pop punk, along with a bunch of other bands that would hate to be referred to as emo-tinged pop punk. Noisey filmed the band at the Weisman Art Center, a far cry from the basement shows they usually play. The surreal and ultra modern museum, designed by the celebrated architect Frank Gehry, was hosting their “WAMarchy” event before they closed for the year. Patrons were could eat, drink, and dance in galleries that are usually off-limits to such behavior, so these four black-clad dissidents did what any self-respecting punk band would do: they invited a bunch of their grubby friends to rub elbows with the cocktail party set.