The Offspring bassist talks about new album and whether or not the band is still “punk”

The Offspring bassist talks about new album and whether or not the band is still “punk”

The Offspring bassist Greg Kriesel spoke to Examiner in a new interview. He discusses the band’s new album, their decision to tour with 311, and also reveals that they will probably play one new song and a cover on the tour.

While fans may be anxious to hear some new tracks from the band, Kriesel said The Offspring’s next CD is still in its “demo stage”–although they are “getting close.” The group hopes to release their ninth studio album, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2008’s “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace”, later this year, although Kriesel acknowledged that sometimes the process can take “a bit longer than you anticipate.”

When asked what fans could expect from the upcoming album, Kriesel said that–similar to The Offspring’s past CDs–there probably won’t be any collaborations with other artists, as the band feels that a lot of times collaborations “seem forced.” What fans can expect, though, is another rockin’ CD from one of the industry’s most successful punk rock groups–if you can still call them that.

“I guess I just think of us as a rock band now, although we’re still coming from the same theme we came from, so I guess we’re still the same,” Kriesel replied when asked if he still considers The Offspring punk rock given the band’s mainstream success. “Punk rock is so different today, though; now it’s much more commercial whereas before punk rock was really underground.”

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