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In an interview with, 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 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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Jordan Burns of Strung Out and Erik “Smelly” Sandin of NOFX recently sat down for a lengthy interview with about their motocross company Moto XXX. The two discussed their former team and how it and the company changed over the years and why.

Reflecting on the end of the Moto XXX team in 2008 Burns had this to say:

“I had this whole dream that I wanted to go out with rolling into the pits with a semi truck and then while we’re partying in the pits, we dump gas everywhere, light a match and we catch the rig on fire. And it burns down in the pits and that’s how we’d go out. That would be the Moto XXX way, everyone would remember that.”

You can check out the full article here and the official website of Moto XXX here.

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After a lot of speculation and false starts, Mark Hoppus confirmed in a recent interview that Blink-182 will begin recording their long-awaited new album at the end of this year. He explains:

“We are basically at the very beginning of the process. We were going to start recording at the beginning of this year, but there were some things happening in some of our personal lives that prevented us from getting in the studio, so now we are getting in the studio at the end of this year instead. We have the beginning of song ideas at this point, and we are really just excited to get into the studio and have an album out sooner rather than later.”

Blink-182 last self-released an EP entitled Dogs Eating Dogs in December 2012, after parting ways with Interscope Records. Their last full-length studio album Neighborhoods was released in September 2011.

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Winnipeg-based G7 Welcoming Committe Records has long been a bastion for all-things politically-charged punk rock. Label head Chris Hannah (most likely better known for his “day job” as vocalist/guitarist for Propagandhi) recently gave a Canadian TV station a pretty extensive interview on the label’s philosophy and history. It includes a list of his favorite releases from the G7 catalog as well as some insight on an album he hoped to release but never got the chance to.

Pretty good read – check it out here.

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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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The Interrupters now have a full-length album out, and a couple of the band members recently talked about the album, and a lot of other stuff, with the Jackknife podcast. Listen to the whole interview below.

Aimee and Kevin talk in depth about various topics, including working closely with Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong, the influence of Bob Marley, how they became a band, and the important role family plays in their music.

The Interrupters self-titled debut album is out today (August 5th) on Hellcat Records (and in this editor’s opinion, it’s simply fantastic).

They’re headed out on tour this fall with Less Than Jake and Big D & The Kids Table. Check out the dates/locations here.

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Joey Cape of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and Lagwagon was recently interviewed by Scene Point Blank. In the interview he discusses cover songs, longevity, gender roles and more. You can read whole thing over here.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes’ latest album Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! was released on May 13th through Fat Wreck Chords. Lagwagon will release a new full-length entitled Hang on October 28th.

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Dave Smalley talks about new music and the future of Down By Law

Posted by ChrisDude on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM (PST)

In a recent interviewDown By Law guitarist/vocalist Dave Smalley talked about what the future holds for the band, and mentions that there is new music in the works. He states:

“Bottom line for me is being a punk rock rebel whose mission is to encourage independence and exuberance in life. For me, it’s all about music and creativity and that feeling of elation and sorrow and beauty that only music can bring. For the future I want to create music for our fans and for ourselves that continues to help define who we all are, how we are all connected, and encourage no one to give up. Burn bright and stay free.”

Down By Law last released the Revolution Time EP, which was released last December. Their latest full-length, Champions at Heart, was released in August 2012.

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Scenes from the Underground caught up with Joe Queer after a show The Queers played in Arizona on their recent tour with The Dwarves, Masked Intruder, and The Atom Age to discuss his band’s long career, sobriety, and the importance of staying humble.

You can check watch the full video interview below.

The Queers’ latest album Back To The Basement was released in 2010 through Asian Man Records. They have since put out limited edition vinyl reissues of a number of their records.

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War on Women and Chumped address sexism

Posted by Lauren Mills on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM (PST)

Baltimore punk act War on Women and Brooklyn pop-punk outfit Chumped recently wrote an article about sexism in music.

You can read it here.

War on Women released their debut EP Improvised Weapons in 2012.  Chumped released their self-titled EP in October, 2013 via Anchorless Records.

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Page Hamilton talks about new Helmet album

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM (PST)

In a recent interview, Helmet guitarist/vocalist Page Hamilton revealed some details in regards to the band’s long-awaited new album, which is expected to be released around the spring of next year. He stated:

“I have some new songs written already. I just finished a movie score, and also in the last six months simultaneously I’ve been mixing my movie soundtrack stuff from the first three movies I did for these people and we’re just trying to set a release date now. It’s just called Page Hamilton Movie Music Volume 1. That’s gonna come out sometime this year. And then we’re gonna record a couple of songs before we go to Europe to get our feet wet again and get going, because it’s been too long. Like I said, I’ve scored these four movies since we did the last album and I’ve kept busy at that, but I’m really, really jonesing for new Helmet songs. I’m so happy with Seeing Eye Dog that I wanna do another record with this lineup and everybody’s stoked. So, we’ll probably, realistically, get in and record the rest of it in January and then figure like a spring release next year.”

Helmet’s most recent album Seeing Eye Dog was released in September 2010. The band is currently on tour with Filter and Local H, and will be touring Europe in September, where they will play their 1994 album Betty in its entirety.

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Original Nirvana drummer Chad Channing on possible band reunion

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM (PST)

In a recent interview, original Nirvana drummer Chad Channing said that he is willing to reunite with the band’s other surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. When asked if he was open to a reunion, Channing replied:

“Yeah, if they wanted me to. It’d maybe be something like Dave playing guitar and singing and Krist doing bass. That’d be about the only arrangement I could think of that we cold [sic] pull off.”

Channing was a member of Nirvana from 1988 to 1990, appearing on the band’s 1989 debut album Bleach. He also played on the version of “Polly” that’s taken from the band’s 1991 iconic album Nevermind. Channing was replaced by Dave Grohl, who would remain in Nirvana until their split in 1994.

Nirvana “reunited“ in December 2012 and again last year, with former Beatles bassist Paul McCartney filling in for the late Kurt Cobain.

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Glen Matlock says The Sex Pistols may never reunite again

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:41 PM (PST)

In a recent interview, former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock said that he has not seen his former bandmate John Lydon in five years, and that there may never be another reunion of the iconic British punk band. He explains:

“I haven’t seen John for five years and I’m quite happy about that. I’ve had no cause to speak to him. There is nothing I know of in the offing and I’m really not that fussed about it. I have no idea if we will reform but who knows the secret of black magic box. I wouldn’t write new Sex Pistols material, we’re fine with the old stuff.”

The Sex Pistols broke up in 1978, a year after their iconic album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, and had reunited periodically since then.

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Blue Intruder of Masked Intruder was interviewed on the Rocket From Russia podcast. During the interview they discussed the band’s latest album, stealing Chixdiggit and more.

You can check it out here.

Masked Intruder’s new album M.I. was released on May 27th through Fat Wreck Chords. The band will be touring in support of the record all year long.

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