"Learn To Obey" - OFF! [SoundCloud Audio Stream]

Evan Petersen

by Evan Petersen

Published March 26, 2014

OFF! have been releasing consistently killer tracks in anticipation of their upcoming LP, Wasted Years, but here's a little bonus they've just shared: "Learn To Obey," a cut from a 7" they're releasing for Record Store Day 2014.

The track is another white-hot, bright-burning burst of fury from the group of punk veterans. Clocking in at just over a minute, "Learn To Obey" is full of unrelenting anti-establishment lyrics, crusty guitars, and manic energy. Take a listen above.

The coolest part of the Record Store Day release, though, is that the artwork was done by renowned artist Shepard Fairey. He spoke with Esquire about how the collaboration came about:

"Well it's funny, it's kind of a long time in the making, in a sense. I think the third record I bought with my own money was the Circle Jerks' Golden Shower of Hits. It was 1984, I was 14 years old. Also around the same time I started getting into the Black Flag stuff that Keith Morris sang on, and the first punk show I ever saw — I grew up in South Carolina so not much ever came through there — was when the Circle Jerks came through in '86 at a high school gymnasium that had been rented out to the local promoter. Then I was also a fan of the Burning Brides. The first stickers I ever made for a band that wasn't local was for Redd Kross. Then you've got Mario, who comes from skateboarding and was in the Black Heart Procession down in San Diego while I was living there. So I have some weird connection to pretty much everyone in the band. Keith and [OFF! guitarist] Dimitri [Coats] came over to my studio and saw all the artworks I've done that were a tribute to the LP format, you know, the square format, and they liked a lot of them and they said it would be really cool if we could do a project where you create a piece of art and we write a song around it. But what ended up happening is that they wrote "Learn to Obey" before I had a chance to do the art, so I ended up checking out the song and making the art around it. It's such a weird circle of inspiration, and totally awesome for me."

Wasted Years will be out April 8th on VICE Records. Pick up the "Learn To Obey" 7" at your local record store on April 19th and check out the official video for "Hypnotized" right here at Zumic.


Source: VICE Records SoundCloud

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