Off With Their Heads have released “Be Good,” the title track of their forthcoming record set for release on August 16 via Epitaph. Produced by frontman Ryan Young, Be Good is the band’s fifth studio record. Young and the band members—bassist Robbie Swartwood, guitarist John Polydoros, and new drummer Kyle Manning—holed up at The Hideaway in Minneapolis with additional recording at Pachyderm Studios, a mid-century mansion where Nirvana recorded . In Utero, to make Be Good.
Forced acceptance is a big theme on 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. Much of the self- deprecation that defined the band’s previous work has been adjusted. “The title is an answer to that question of what you’re supposed to do now that the world is so awful and the climate of this stupid country is so shitty,” says Young. “Be good, be loud—that’s sometimes all you can do, I guess, as cheesy as that sounds.”