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OFF WITH THEIR HEADS - Don’t Tell Me How To (Live) {Recess} Have to say, I’ve not really kept up to date on OWTH since the ‘In Desolation’ album of 2010. So, lots of the songs on this 14-track live album were new to me. Apparently this is the only gig the band played in 2020 before COVID kicked in and was recorded in the band’s ‘Favourite venue and city in the USA’. As always, it’s stellar stuff and that vocal of Ryan Young’s is still one of the most distinct, passionate and soaring vocals in Punk Rock. Best moments include a simply majestic ‘Disappear’, the prophetic ‘Focus On Your Own Family’, ‘Shirts’ where some guy in the audience seemingly hit a woman which resulted in Young stopping the song and getting the fuckhead evicted, ‘Janie’ which is always a joy to hear while the closing double banger of the epic ‘Locking Eyes’ and ‘Clear The Air’ reminds me just how great a gig can be and how much I miss them. Probably not the ideal place for someone new to OWTH to start, but as live albums go, this is damn impressive and another slice of spirited and vital Punk Rock in the OWTH cannon. Limited coloured vinyl, but limited packaging too. (24.04.21)

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