Massimo Pupillo (IT) - el bass
Terrie Ex (NL) - el gitar
Paal Nilssen-Love (NO) - trommer
is a newly started trio that had its debut in November 2006. Before then the three met in the group Original Silence with Jim O`Rourke, Thurston Moore, led by Mats Gustafsson. The group did four shows in Italy in the fall of 2005. During these gigs the trio was struck by the immediate interplay, so powerful, as if they had been playing together for decades. Pupillo, Ex and Nilssen-Love decided to establish the trio OFFONOFF. If possible to describe, the music is in the midst between Last Exit, James Blood Ulmer, Sonic Youth and Locust.
Noise, intense, hard, rapid shifts and contrasts, heavy grooves, all free improvised.
Terrie Ex is mostly known for his work with the Dutch rock group The Ex. The Ex is probably one of Europe's most interesting and inventive rock bands that has been pushing the limits for the last 25 years. Terrie Ex also runs his own label where he´s collaborated with Han Bennink amongst others. The label was also responsible for putting out the incredible Konono No.1
As a guitarist he brakes down all borders and appears as one of the most extreme guitar players around. Very physical in his attitude to the music, he combines rhythm, tonality in a way that is impossible to compare.
Massimo Pupillo is also well known within the rock scene and especially through the work with ZU. Zu has existed for over 15 years and has an average of 70 gigs pr year, also collaborating with No Means No, The Locust, Lightning Bolt etc.
Massimo is also quite physical in is appearance. With the bass plugged straight in the amp, no special effects, he kicks the music in such a way no one can beat. Seldom has one experienced a bass player who can squeeze as much power and loudness just one instrument.
Paal Nilssen-Love has established himself as a powerful drummer with high energy and stamina. In collaborations with musicians from Sweden, Chicago, Japan and Germany, he shows an ongoing will and ability to brake physical and musical borders and is on a continues hunt for new collaborations and experiences. He is active with musicians as Mats Gustafsson, Peter Brötzmann, Ken Vandermark, Evan Parker, Sten Sandell, Raoul Björkenheim and Frode Gjerstad.