Earlier this week, Stereoboard spoke to The Offspring bassist Greg K, who talks about the band’s decision to play their classic 1992 second album Ignition in its entirety on tour and the four year wait for their new album Days Go By, which comes out in about a week-and-a-half.
In the interview, Greg explains how The Offspring hadn’t played some of the songs from Ignition in years, saying, “I mean some of them we never really played at all, some we maybe played a couple of times. The other ones, once you start playing them again you just kinda fall right back into it. Then you have to go back and re-learn them a little bit because you haven’t played some of them for like 15 years you know? Every once in a while I’ll go back over the other albums and brush up just for fun. But to actually get to where you wanna’ play them on stage, you have to go back and really practice them again, but you know, it’s cool to go back to them.” He added, “Yeah, it wasn’t that bad. I mean a couple of the songs weren’t as technical as maybe some of the ones we play today; It’s more just straight forward punk-rock stuff. We kinda’ kept it simple so it was more just about trying to recapture the energy we had at that time.”
On the four year wait between Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace and Days Go By, Greg explains, “Our intention was to make it like, maybe two years but things just started taking longer than we thought. You know, we wanted to make sure every song was as good as it could be rather than just putting out a couple of good songs and then filling the album up with a bunch of crap. We wanted to make sure that every song stood on its own, so we kept going back and re-working stuff, probably too much. I think now with the digital age it’s really easy just to switch something really quick, you start over-thinking things, but I think that was kinda’ the reason why it took so long, we just wanted to make it sound right.”
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