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Noodles talks new Offspring album and songwriting process

The Offspring guitarist Noodles recently spoke to Telegram about the band’s next album, stating that they will enter the studio whenever they can. He also said that The Offspring don’t have a deadline for the next album, but hope it will be released in the near future. About the songwriting process, Noodles states:

“Before, we couldn’t really afford to spend all of our time in the studio. Dexter would usually write [songs] in his truck and them we would get together and hash them out. Now, it all ends up being written right in front of the microphone, and we change it there. It’s still pretty organic.”

The Offspring last released the Summer Nationals EP in August 2014, which featured covers of songs originally by Bad Religion and Pennywise. Their latest full-length studio album, Days Go By, was released in 2012 on Columbia Records.



The Offspring announce U.S. and European tour dates

California punk veterans The Offspring have announced some non-consecutive tour dates spread over the next four months. From this Saturday to late July, they will play some scattered U.S. shows, and then they will embark on a European tour in August. All of the dates and locations can be found below.

Last January, The Offspring digitally released a the single “Coming for You”, and have been working on a new album, which will be the follow-up to 2012′s Days Go By. The band last released the Summer Nationals EP in August 2014, which featured covers of songs originally by Bad Religion and Pennywise.



Dexter Holland speaks to Loudwire about new Offspring album

In an interview with Loudwire, The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland offered some updates on the band’s anticipated new album, which will be their first since 2012′s Days Go By. Asked if the band was still working on the record, Holland replied:

“We’re not that clever [laughs], we’re just lazy. Every other time we’ve done a record, we hunker down and go into the studio for a year or however long it takes. We just decided not to do it that way this time. We thought let’s just do a couple of songs, work on them when we feel inspired and when we have it done, we thought, why wait? Let’s just go ahead and put it out.”

Holland was also asked about The Offspring’s upcoming plans and a possible release date for the new album, and his response was, “We’ve been recording the album at a real relaxed pace, like I said. Just when we feel inspired and go in and eventually we’ll get it together and go in and really finish it — knock it out. In the meantime we’ve got a bunch of touring lined up for the summer. We’re going to be doing a lot of stuff in the U.S. and going to Europe towards the end of the summer for festivals. What do they say in Spinal Tap? The world and elsewhere.”

Last month, The Offspring released a new single “Coming for You“, which will likely be included on the new album. The band last released the Summer Nationals EP in August 2014, which featured covers of songs originally by Bad Religion and Pennywise.



The Offspring tease new song with cryptic image

California punk legends The Offspring posted an image on their Facebook of what appears to be the title or a lyric to their recently-announced new single, which is currently untitled but will be premiered later this month. The image features the Offspring mascot on a red background with the text “Yesterday’s dreams are dead and gone #ComingForYou”.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new Offspring single come to light. The band last released the Summer Nationals EP in August 2014, which contains covers of Bad Religion and Pennywise songs. A new album, which will be the Offspring’s first since 2012′s Days Go By, is due for release sometime this year.



The Offspring to premiere new single next month

It has been announced that California punk legends The Offspring will present their as-yet-untitled new single on January 30th, 2015 at the RadioContraband Convention in Las Vegas, where its members Dexter Holland and Noodles will be interviewed. It is not known if the new single is the song they were shooting a video for last summer, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light.

The Offspring last released the Summer Nationals EP in August 2014, which contains covers of Bad Religion and Pennywise songs. The band has been working on a new album, will be their first since 2012′s Days Go By.



Tempe Beach Park Music Festival announces 2015 lineup

Organizers have announced the lineup for a music festival that will take place at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, Arizona on April 4th, 2015.

Bands playing at the Tempe Beach Park Music Festival include The Offspring (who are headlining the “East Stage”), NOFX, Rancid, The Vandals, Strung Out, The Used, A Day to Remember (who are headlining the “West Stage”) and many others. For the rest of the lineup, go here. Tickets are already on sale.



The Offspring announce vinyl reissue of “Americana”

California punk legends The Offspring have announced that they are re-releasing their 1998 classic album Americana on vinyl for the first time in over 15 years. The reissue, which is part of the Department of Record Stores‘ “Vinyl Club” series, will be available through Org Music and indie stores will have an exclusive 180-Gram red color. The colored pressing will be released on February 24th, 2015, while a black vinyl version will arrive a month later on March 24th. Head over here to get your pre-orders in for the colored version.

The Offspring last released the Summer Nationals EP in August 2014, which contains covers of Bad Religion and Pennywise songs. The band has been working on a new album, which is tentatively due for release next year, and will be their first since 2012′s Days Go By.



Live Video: The Offspring joined by T.S.O.L.’s Ron Emory to cover “80 Times”

Last week, The Offspring were joined on stage by guitarist Ron Emory when the band performed a cover of the T.S.O.L. classic ”80 Times”. You can watch a video of this performance below.

The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb last month, which was released to coincide with the Summer Nationals tour with Bad ReligionPennywiseThe Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers. The band is planning to self-release a new single this fall.



Noodles says The Offspring have a couple of songs done for new release

In a recent interview, The Offspring guitarist Noodles revealed that the band has a couple of songs done for their next release, which will be the follow-up to 2012′s Days Go By. Noodles explains:

“We already have a couple of things done — one song we really feel strongly about and want to get out there, and three, four, five songs, total, done or close to done. Trying to do it on the road it ends up being piecemeal and a little weird, so we’re going to wait ’til we get home and have a couple of days rest and then go in and do the vocals and see what happens.”

Noodles also stated that the band is exploring a variety of options for releasing new material, explaining, “I think the way the world is now, why make the fans wait for these songs we have now for two years or whatever, when we have a whole new record ready. We might do an EP now or release them as singles and eventually compile them all into a record. It’s so amazing how you can get your music to your fans now, get your ideas to your fans, your artwork or whatever. The fact that you took a shit on the bus and can tweet that and the fans will laugh — hopefully they’ll laugh. But it’s amazing how immediate everything can be now. It wasn’t like that when we started.”

The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb last month, which was released to coincide with the Summer Nationals tour with Bad ReligionPennywiseThe Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers. The band planning to self-release a new single this fall.



Live Video: The Offspring live in Chula Vista

Last Saturday night (August 30th), The Offspring performed live at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California. The show, which you can watch below, was part of the ongoing Summer Nationals tour with Bad ReligionPennywiseThe Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers.

The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb last month, which was released to coincide with the Summer Nationals tour. The band planning to self-release a new single this fall, and put new music next year.



The Offspring to self-release new single, might release new EP

Earlier this month, The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland said that he wasn’t sure if the band’s next musical output will come in the form of a full-length studio album. In a recent interview, Dexter said that he is still open to recording an album, and the band is planning to self-release a single this fall. He explains:

“Not that I wouldn’t want to do an album again, because I think they’re important. But for now, I think it’s better to put out singles here and there. Just to keep the fire stoked.”

In other news, gutiarist Noodles revealed that The Offspring are not in full album mode, but have completed 3 or 4 songs for a possible new EP. About the possibility of new music, Noodles told Yahoo!“We’re old-school, so when we think of recording, we think of doing a whole record. But the world is changing. Why make fans wait two years when some of the songs are going to be done in a month? Maybe it’s a better idea to put those songs out and then slowly compile another album.”

Earlier this month, The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb, which was released to coincide with the Summer Nationals tour with Bad ReligionPennywiseThe Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers. Noodles recently stated that the band expects to begin work on new music after the tour.



The Offspring to start work on new music after “Summer Nationals” tour

In a recent interview, The Offspring guitarist Noodles revealed that the band will begin work on new music for their next release after they wrap up the Summer Nationals Tour with Bad ReligionPennywiseThe Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers. Noodles states:

“We’re getting some ideas together and it’s been fun. But we’re focusing on the anniversary of ‘Smash’ right now. Once this tour is over, we’ll get rolling with new music. It’s all been amazing to see how far the band has come along the way.”

Earlier this month, The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb, which was released to coincide with the Summer Nationals tour. It is not known if Time Bomb will handle the release of the new Offspring album, which will be their first since 2012′s Days Go By, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light.



The Offspring’s Dexter Holland on the making of “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem”

In an interview with radio.com, The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland talked about the making of the band’s biggest hits “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem”, which are taken from the band’s seminal album Smash. Asked how “Come Out and Play” came out, Dexter replied:

“That was the last song I wrote for that album, and I was trying to figure out how to put it together. I liked the main riff, but musically it bounces around a lot. The verses are kind of like a rap almost, more spoken than sung. And then there’s that Middle Eastern riff or whatever you want to call it, which is very Southern California, going all the way back to Dick Dale, and we’d messed with some of that stuff in previous records. I guess I was trying to come up with something in a different way, that would grab you with all these elements. The “keep ‘em separated” element was just because I wanted it so there was a stop, with something fun to say in the middle. That just kind of came to me at school one day. So all those things, but you never know if it’s gonna work. You just have to go into the studio like “this might sound weird but let’s try it anyway.”"

Earlier this month, The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb, which was released to coincide with the ongoing tour with Bad ReligionPennywise and The Vandals. It is not known if Time Bomb will handle the release of the next Offspring album, which will be their first since 2012′s Days Go By, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light.



Dexter Holland says he’s not sure if The Offspring’s next release will be an album

Despite earlier reports that they would release new music in 2015, The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland recently told Punknews.org that he is not sure if the band’s next musical output will come in the form of a full-length studio album. He states:

“We’re not really sure. We used to always do records where we’d go in and spend as long as it took — and sometimes that takes like a year and a half to really do it — and that seems like a long time to wait in between records. And no one really buys albums anymore…or maybe they do, I don’t know. But the way people really digest music has just changed; it’s not really the same way where you’re gonna sit down with the record and really listen to it.”

Dexter did, however, say that he does not rule out the possibility of a new Offspring album, explaining, “It’s not like I wouldn’t ever do an album again. Albums are important ‘cuz it’s a collection of work. But for the time being it’s like, you know what, let’s not get too crazy and overwhelmed with doing a whole album. Let’s just do a couple of songs here and there and that way we can go out and tour and still see the people and not just have to go away for a couple of years.”

Earlier this month, The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb, which was released to coincide with the ongoing tour with Bad ReligionPennywise and The Vandals. It is not known if Time Bomb will handle the release of the new Offspring album, which will be their first since 2012′s Days Go By, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light.



DS Show Photos/Review: The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise and The Vandals (Boston, MA)

Any review of The Offspring’s Summer Nationals tour would be remiss in downplaying the importance of that band’s breakout album, Smash, in the annals of punk rock history. Yet, the virtues of the year in punk that was 1994 have been extolled myriad times over in the two decades since, quite frequently by men and women far more eloquent than I. So while nostalgia may have been the overarching theme of the night (the four bands on the Boston bill, The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise and The Vandals have, according to my fuzzy math, been hawking their wares for a collective 115 or so years), the biggest takeaway from this night’s stop was just how vital and, frankly, timeless this particular wing of the punk rock museum can be.

The Vandals’ 30-minute-or-so opening slot set an early tone, packing a high level of energy and fun into an all-too-brief package. Themselves capable of headlining many a nationwide tour (albeit probably not selling out the 2400+ capacity House of Blues in Boston), The Vandals eleven-song set was incapable of digging too deep into their thirty-year catalog. The band drew fairly heavily from 1998’s Hitler Bad, Vandals Good (which is more than okay in my book), with crowd favorites like “Oi to The World” and guitarist (not bassist) Warren Fitzgerald assuming frontman duties for their spastic, show-closing cover of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” thrown in for good measure.

Pennywise and Bad Religion followed in that order, each relegated to 45ish-minute sets, leaving little time for small talk, meaning that both bands came out hard and fast. Pennywise’s 14-song set featured a heavy dose of crowd interplay that served as the only real time the band’s foot was off the accelerator. I will say that there’s something a little different about a seeing frontman coaxing a crowd whose average age was well north of 30 to raise their collective middle fingers to authority. Yet, at the same time, decades old tracks like “Perfect People” and “Society” seem perhaps more relevant in 2014 than they were when they were first written.

Backed by the human gas pedal that is Brooks Wackerman (who did double duty behind the drum kit on this tour, filling in for The Vandals’ Josh Freese), Bad Religion made the most of their time slot, somehow cramming 17-songs into 45 minutes. Awe, who am I kidding…somehow? It’s Bad Religion, that’s how. Never a group to write magnum Rush-style opuses, Greg Graffin and company get right to the point. Though the parts may have changed and the hair may have grayed over the years, Bad Religion continue to stake their claim as one of the tightest, most dynamic bands running. Also…the Suffer mini-set was A)unexpected and B)much appreciated.

Last but not least, obviously, was The Offspring. The headliners, and arguably one of the more polarizing bands in the punk genre for last couple decades, have been playing Smash in honor of its 20th anniversary. However, in a somewhat interesting twist, they’ve not been playing it in order. In this particular writer’s opinion, that was a good move. “Play the album in order” shows have the effect of being presented stale at times, given that a band can effectively sleepwalk through the same performance in the same order night in and night out. The “shuffle” mode has a way of at least appearing to keep the band on their toes. Anyway…Smash circa 2014 doesn’t have quite the same impact that it did twenty years ago. Unlike the politically charged rebellion tunes of Pennywise or Bad Religion or the sarcastic, locker-room brand of humor that The Vandals prefer, Smash‘s tunes of rebellious youth don’t come off quite the same when performed by the middle-aged version of the band. Which is, precisely, why the band have progressed sonically and changed lyrically over the years, meaning that much of the newer, “less punk” stuff has a way of translating as more honest now. But tonight wasn’t about “now,” and tonight was a perfect reminder of exactly what resonated for so many people twenty years ago.

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