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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.

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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.

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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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The Offspring to release new album next year

Posted by ChrisDude on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM (PST)

The Tampa Tribute is reporting that The Offspring have been working on a new album with producer Bob Rock for a possible 2015 release. About the album, Noodles stated:

“We’re getting there, but we’re not previewing anything yet. Even if we wanted to preview some songs, there’s no room on our setlist with ‘Smash’ and all of the other hits we’re playing on this tour.”

The Offspring just recently 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.

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In a recent interview with Loudwire, The Offspring‘s Dexter Holland talked about the 20th anniversary of the band’s seminal album Smash, the songwriting process of their next album and their decision to join the Summer Nationals Tour with Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers, on which they are playing Smash in its entirety.

Asked if he sees the “ripple effect of [Smash's] popularity continuing to impact new bands making new music,” Dexter replied:

“That’s the amazing thing to us, that it does seem to continue somehow. We’ve gone out there and played these songs for a long time and it still gets a great reaction. There’s always new people in the audience, new kids, young kids and they’re rocking out to it. It’s as much of a surprise to us as anybody else. It just keeps on going, which is great.”

When asked about the band’s style and sound, especially on their next album, Dexter said, “I think there’s always been a rebellious spirit in the band and that goes back to all the punk bands we idolized growing up listening to. Bands like the Sex Pistols and the Ramones and the Dead Kennedys. That’s always a part of it. I think the core of what we sound like is usually fast, upbeat stuff, loud guitars. We always try and throw in something a little different every record too.”

The Offspring announced plans to shoot a music video for a new song last month. The band’s currently unsigned and their last album Days Go By was released in 2012.

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In addition to their cover version of Pennywise‘s “No Reason Why”, The Offspring are streaming two cover versions of the classics “Do What You Want” and “No Control” by their former labelmates Bad Religion, who will be touring the US with The Offspring this summer. You can stream them below.

The band announced plans to shoot a music video for a new song earlier this week, but it’s not one of the cover songs. They’re currently unsigned and their last full-length was 2012′s Days Go By.

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The Offspring stream cover of Pennywise’s “No Reason Why”

Posted by GinaVenz on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM (PST)

The Offspring are streaming a new cover of “No Reason Why” by Pennywise, who they’ll be touring the US with all summer long. You can give it a listen below.

The band announced plans to shoot a music video for a new song earlier this week, but it’s not this one. They’re currently unsigned and their last full-length was 2012′s Days Go By.

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The Offspring to shoot video for new song on Thursday

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:58 PM (PST)

California punk legends The Offspring have announced that they will be shooting a video for an as-yet-untitled new song this Thursday (July 24th) in Los Angeles. The band wrote:

“The Offspring are shooting a music video for a new song this Thursday, July 24 in LA and are looking for some volunteers to be extras.

Requirements:
– Male only
– 21 and over
– Available to be in the Hollywood area as early as 7am
– Will be an 8 hour day and volunteers will be fed

If you meet these requirements and are available, please email offspringextrasla@gmail.com and we will be in touch.”

It is not known if the new Offspring song is taken from the series of new singles, or will appear on the band’s anticipated upcoming tenth studio album, which will serve as the follow-up to 2012′s Days Go By. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new song come to light.

The Offspring, who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their iconic album Smash, will take part in the Summer Nationals tour with PennywiseBad ReligionThe Vandals, and Stiff Little Fingers.

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This past April marked 20 years since The Offspring released their third album Smash, which broke the band into the punk rock mainstream, and remains the best-selling independent record of all time. To further commemorate the occasion, guitarist Noodles talked to Ghetto Juice about the 20th anniversary and success of Smash. When asked if it was safe to say that Smash “put the Offspring on the map”, Noodles stated:

“When we were recording Smash, Ignition had sold 50,000 copies and the first record probably a thousand so we were hoping to do more than 50,000 with Smash. What was cool about that is it changed our lives. What we did for a hobby and fun became what we did for a living at that point and we all got to quit our day jobs and do this full time. We also decided to stay with Epitaph and do it independent and spend a lot of our own money and use a lot of our own resources for promotion, which was kinda unheard of at the time, especially for a record this big. A lot of bands once they start getting big, they switch to a major label and use the label’s resources. It’s also the number one most selling independent record of all time and given what the internet has done to music sales, it will probably stay that way!”

Noodles also offered his opinions on going from a local band with an underground following to a platinum selling band after Smash. He stated, “Yeah, wow! Because the first ten years, we didn’t really have a fan base. I don’t think we ever drew more than 50 people and then Smash came out and changed it all. All of sudden we were drawing hundreds and then thousands. What was cool about the punk rock scene at the time during the early 90s after Nirvana was we started getting more and more of the surfers, skaters and snowboarders. Epitaph was really smart in lending a lot of our songs to those sort of videos and not just us but Pennywise, Bad Religion, Rancid and NOFX. I think that music just kinda worked with those sorts of videos. It was cool to see all the extreme sports guys, it wasn’t just punkers with mohawks, it was boarders!”

The Offspring are currently unsigned, but have reportedly been working on new material with producer Bob Rock. Their last studio album, Days Go By, was released in June 2012 on Columbia Records. The band will release a special edition of Smash in mid-August on their former label Epitaph Records.

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The Offspring have announced that they will perform their 1994 iconic album Smash in its entirety for the first time ever in the U.S. at this Friday’s show at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California, where The Adolescents will serve as a “special guest”.

The Offspring are currently unsigned, but have reportedly been working on new material with producer Bob Rock. Their last studio album, Days Go By, was released in June 2012 on Columbia Records. The band will release a special edition of Smash in mid-August on their former label Epitaph Records.

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The Offspring, Bad Religion, PennywiseThe Vandals, Stiff Little Fingers and The Burning of Rome are the bands that have been announced for this year’s Edgefest, which will take place on August 23rd at Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 23rd, and you can get them right here.

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The Offspring performed live at this year’s Pannónia Fesztivál in Hungary last night, where they played their iconic 1994 album Smash in its entirety. You can watch the performance below.

The Offspring will planning to release a special edition of Smash in mid-August on their former label Epitaph Records. The band is currently unsigned, but has been working on a new album, which will be the follow-up to 2012′s Days Go By.

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Noodles talks about new music from The Offspring

Posted by ChrisDude on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 9:53 PM (PST)

The Offspring guitarist Noodles recently spoke to The Des Moines Register about new material from the band. Contrary to earlier reports that they were in the studio, Noodles said that The Offspring are currently not in full album mode, but have been working on some ideas for future material, stating:

“We’re not necessarily in full album mode, but we’re definitely doing a few things. When we have some time off we’re going to get into the studio and make it real. We’re thinking we might do things a little different. Do we want to continue with Columbia, go somewhere else or try something our­selves? It’s a different world now and not necessarily an album world.”

The Offspring are planning to release a special edition of Smash in mid-August on their former label Epitaph Records. The band, who is currently unsigned, last released Days Go By in 2012.

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Last Saturday, The Offspring performed their iconic 1994 album Smash in its entirety at this year’s Groezrock Festival in Belgium. Fan-filmed video footage of this performance can be watched below.

The Offspring are planning to release a special edition of Smash in mid-August on their former label Epitaph Records. The band is currently unsigned, but have been working on a follow-up to 2012′s Days Go By with producer Bob Rock.

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The Offspring and Rise Against will headline the two nights of this year’s Chill on the Hill, which will take place on September 6th and 7th at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Michigan. There, The Offspring will play their 1994 iconic album Smash in its entirety.

Also playing at Chill on the Hill are Bad Religion, A Day to Remember, Portugal. The Man, Sleeper Agent, Chevelle, Taking Back Sunday and The Orwells. The rest of the lineup can be viewed in the advertisement above.

Tickets go on sale May 2 and 10AM ET and can be purchased at this location. A pre-sale begins April 30 at 10AM ET, and more details are at the festival’s website.

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