The Offcuts vs. WW2 vs. Dinosaurs

WW2 vs Dinosaurs logoIn late 2009, one of my favourite hardcore punk outfits in Brighton called it a day: the Offcuts. In the interest of full disclosure I should probably mention that I’ve been friends with the band for years and have lived with most of them at various addresses!

Essentially, the band ended when Alex (bass) decided to leave. The others opted to continue as a band but to make some changes. These included one of the band’s two guitarists adopting bass duties (at the moment Chris and Pinder share, swapping over on stage for different songs), Alec adding keys and synth to his distinctive vocal slurs and screams, ditching all of the old tunes and writing entirely new ones, and changing the band’s name to WW2 vs Dinosaurs.

(The name, incidentally, span out of a drunken conversation at our old house. As far as I can recall I was recounting an old dream which was the ultimate teenage boy’s dream because it featured Terminators, Predators, Aliens, WW2-era battleships, battalions of soldiers, and of course Jedi. It could only have been better if it had involved dinosaurs as well. World War II versus dinosaurs!

…well, it’s as good a name origin story as Snuff, at any rate.)

So far WW2 vs Dinosaurs have played a couple of shows which have been storming; the songwriting is as technical and off the wall as ever. Everyone hates the label “spazzy” but it really fits this band: brilliantly tight drumming with ludicrous guitar riffs laid on top, with sinister keys and three sets of vocals interspersed. At the moment they’re including a Devo cover (‘Mr. DNA’) while they work on more songs, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they do in the future. Probably my favourite song is ‘Trying Times’ which ends with a demented riff that, paraphrasing a Brookerism, I likened to being chased through a deserted fairground by an evil clown with a massive erection.

It’d be a real shame to see the Offcuts entirely vanish into obscurity, so in the interests of avoiding that I’m writing this post and uploading an EP that was never released. Chances are some of the band will be pissed at me uploading this because they don’t like the recordings, but 1.) I do like them, and 2.) you won’t tell them, right? Right.

1. Flesh
2. See Through Your Eyes
3. Round the Town
4. Fucking A Random

These were recorded at some London studio or another, I forget which. I also can’t remember who produced them. Sorry!

Here’s a full Offcuts discography:

2005 – A Very Good Question (the ‘demo’ album; closer to trad. hardcore punk though still uniquely demented with ska and jazz influences on display)
2007 – Untitled EP (you should already be downloading this)
2008 – Pig On Pig (the officially released version of A Very Good Question, with a different track order and title)
2008 – White Horses & the Unicorn (the camply titled album that collects up some of the most experimental tunes the band ever recorded; they were pretty much at the heigh of their creativity here… oh, and did I mention that my band played the album launch party? It was our first show and we were rubbish)
2009 – Structures Built by Peasant Hands (a great swan song for the Offcuts; every tune on here is fucking fantastic especially ‘A Burial’, my favourite Offcuts tune and the only one the greasy bastards ever dedicated to me)

You can still buy the last three on the list; drop me a line if you want to get copies through me. The band themselves are pretty fucking disorganised!

Finally, here’s the video for ‘Flesh’, which is a brilliant video unfortunately backed up by a much-too-quiet version of the song (click through for an embiggened version):

R.I.P. the Offcuts, long live WW2 vs Dinosaurs!

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