Joe “Shithead” Keithley, Canada’s godfather of punk, has teamed
with his cronies Floor Tom Jones (drums) and Dirty Dan Sedan
(bass) for one of D.O.A.’s hardest-hitting albums yet. Talk – Action =
0 (not to be confused with the long-out-of-print 1991 live album Talk
Minus Action Equals Zero) is the band’s lucky 13th studio album and
sees them returning to their roots; initial reports have drawn comparisons
to D.O.A.’s classic first two albums: Something Better Change
and Hardcore ’81. There’s plenty of what you would expect from the
boys—power, politics and humor—with a few unique twists thrown in
just to keep the punks on their toes.
Talk – Action = 0 opens with the blistering “That’s Why I Am an
Atheist,” followed by the Eddie-Cochran-inspired “Rebel Kind.” The
angry anthem “Don’t Bank on a Bank” and the all-too-timely “I Live
in a Car” offer further proof that D.O.A. is an accurate barometer of
the social climate. The reality does not stop there, though, as “The
R.C.M.P.” exposes the misdeeds of Canada’s national police force.
The band also hits some real highs with their ode to Star Trek, “Captain
Kirk, Spock, Scotty and Bones,” as well covers of “The Times
They Are A-Changin’ “and “That’s Amore.”
The album was produced by chief punk Keithley along with Chon
(Live Free or Die). As with all their releases, Talk – Action = 0 serves
as a reminder of D.O.A’s influence on three generations of fans and
musicians, from Green Day, Rancid and the Offspring to the Red Hot
Chili Peppers and Henry Rollins—and the list goes on...