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The Offspring members look back on 25th anniversary of “Smash”

The Offspring members Dexter Holland and Noodles recently spoke to Kerrang! magazine about the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough record Smash.

Noodles recalls, “Prior to Smash, we were pretty much a part-time band. Even when we blew up, I didn’t even quit my job [as a janitor at the Earl Warren School in Anaheim] outright – I took a three-year leave of absence. I was still working there when we were blowing up ’cause I’d promised my boss I wouldn’t quit until the end of the school year. There was this one high school girl that I knew [there] and she used to see me in the morning and say to me, ‘Man, what are you doing? I just saw you on MTV!’

There were a lot of things at that time that we didn’t do. We didn’t do any late-night TV shows until Days Go By [in 2012]! On Smash, we turned down Saturday Night Live, simply because we didn’t think we were good enough. Again, I think that has something to do with the fact that we were a part-time band.

We did do the Billboard Awards, which was on TV, but it wasn’t widely viewed. The organisers were pissed off that we played Bad Habit rather than one of the hits, but we thought, ‘We’re punks. We’re not a pop band. Let’s go out and fuck things up a little bit.'”

Dexter added, “We actually considered playing Too Drunk To Fuck [by Dead Kennedys] at the Billboard show. In the end we played Bad Habit. But we played raw, and at the end I dived into the crowd. I remember the looks on the faces of the people at the front as I did this, and thinking, ‘Wow, these aren’t the same people that come to see us when we play [punk venue] Gilman Street!'”

Smash was originally released on April 8th, 1994 via Epitaph, and was the first album released on that label to receive gold and platinum certification thanks to the hits “Come Out and Play”, “Self Esteem”, and “Gotta Get Away”. Along with Green Day‘s Dookie, Smash was responsible for helping bring punk rock into the mainstream, as well as paving the way for the emerging pop punk scene of the 90’s.



Dexter Holland gives some more insight into the new album from The Offspring

The Offspring guitarist and lead singer Dexter Holland recently gave Kerrang! an update on their new album. Dexter stated:

It sounds like our old shit! That’s what I’m supposed to say, right? I don’t really know how to describe it. I guess it’s punk rock, but then we throw in a couple of songs that aren’t what you’d normally predict. We have a lot of really fast stuff on there, plus a couple of things that you might not really expect from us. But I’m really really happy with it. It’s not completely finished, but it is 98% finished. So we’re trying to put together a plan to release it.

The follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By is reportedly set for release later this year, and Noodles said a while ago that they were working on two albums, though it’s not clear if it will result in separate or double album(s).



Warped Tour announces 25th anniversary shows

Just when you thought The Warped Tour was gone forever, the punk rock circus has announced some select dates for their 25th Anniversary shows.  The festivities will be taking place June 8th in Cleveland, OH, June 29th and 30th in Atlantic City, NJ, and July 20th and 21st in Mountain View, CA.  The lineup varies slightly from city to city, but includes a mix of old and new bands that were on the tour throughout it’s 25 year history.  Some of these bands include Anti-Flag, The Aquabats, Bad Religion, Big D and the Kids Table, Blink 182, Less Than Jake, The Offspring, Reel Big Fish, and many more.  You can check out all the details here.



Noodles confirms new Offspring album is finished

The Offspring guitarist Noodles confirmed on his Instagram account that the band’s long-awaited new album is finished. He’s quoted as saying:

“The album is done. Working on getting it to the fans now. Stay tuned!”

The follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By is reportedly due for release later this year, and Noodles said a while ago that they were working on two albums, though it’s not clear if it will result in separate or double album(s).



Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco, and Music Festival announces 2019 dates

The 2019 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco, and Music Festival recently announced that it’s flagship California event would be expanded to 2 days, and shortly after that announcement followed up by announcing the fest will hit the road, stopping in Fort Worth, Salt Lake City, and Denver.

The festival will include headliners such as The Offspring, The Vandals, Black Flag, Strung Out, and The DwarvesBad Religion and Sum 41 will also be joining in the festivities on select dates.  You can check out the dates and locations below, and you can head here to get the scoop on the rest of the festival details.



Introducing: Camp Anarchy, the outdoors-loving punk’s dream festival, hosting The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX and more

And now, for the announcement that, probably mostly I, but also you all have been waiting for! Camp Anarchy has announced that they’ll be playing host to The Offspring, Rancid, and NOFX and more. The three day festival will take place just outside of Columbus, OH at Legend Valley. Dodgeball, S’mores, craft beers (and yes, they do offer drinking passes so let’s get it on!) and other fun and games over all three days will be offered with day and weekend passes for admission (camping admission separate).

Make sure to check out all the deets here!



The Offspring apparently still working on new album

The Offspring guitarist Noodles recently gave Junkee an update on the band’s long-awaited new album. He’s quoted as saying:

“Yeah, we’ve been spending a bit of time in the studio with Bob Rock, who worked on our last two albums as well. He’s great, man — we get along with him really well. We’ve got a bunch of new songs that we’re preparing to go in and record right now.

I think there’s a record’s worth in there, but we’re thinking that maybe the songs are just a little too different. We know there’s a song or two on every record that comes out of left-field for us, but it’s more than just a couple this time. Right now, we’re entertaining the idea of doing two records — one where we can put all of these, and another of straight-up Offspring songs.”

The follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By is reportedly set for release next year, and Noodles said a while ago that they were working on two albums, though it’s not clear if it will result in separate or double album(s).



The Offspring back in the studio

The Offspring have been in the studio on and off for the last five years working on a new album with producer Bob Rock. This time, the band (who had just finished touring North America with 311) posted a picture from the studio via Facebook, with the caption reading, “Back to work.”

Whether or not this update means they are still working on the follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By remains to be seen. Guitarist Noodles recently stated that they might release two albums next year.



The Offspring working on two new albums?

The Offspring guitarist Noodles guitarist recently talked to Music Feeds about the band’s long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By, which will be released late this year or next year.

On the status of the record and working with Bob Rock, who is producing it, Noodles said, “Yeah, we’ve been working with Bob on and off on this record for five years, really. But we had a real productive string this year, in the earlier part of the year, we had probably five or six songs that we did just right then and it started to feel like ‘maybe this is the direction we should be going with this record? A little bit more straightforward Offspring stuff’. So we have a whole record or more worth of stuff here — I think we’re looking at making two records out of it — you know, like, splitting ’em up and coming out with a pretty straightforward punk and rock record that sounds like us, and then maybe saving some of the crazier stuff for another record.”

When asked about the “crazier stuff” and what it sounds like, Noodles said, “Well there’s always a song that we do [on each album] — because it’s just fun for us to experiment in the studio where we take different sounds — so sometimes we’ll try some piano or keyboard kind of sound… We have a song that has a lot of horns in it, like a full-on horn section in it, and we’ve been working on that song for a long time. I think that one might be the the one kind of wacky one that we keep on this record, well at least I hope it is! Like, we love this song, it’s such a fun song. It’s a risk to put it out there, but at some point you’ve just gotta say ‘screw it’ man and just go with what you’re feeling and let the chips fall where they may. So I think we’re gonna do that.”

And finally Noodles was asked if there are plans to release new music this year. His response was, “I don’t know, we were hoping to — we were hoping to have something, maybe like a record deal in place this Fall [that’s Spring in Australia], but we don’t have anything — you know, any deals — going. We’ve been talking with a bunch of different labels and distributors, but so far nothing’s really stuck. So we’re not sure how we’re gonna do this. I mean at this point, the way things are distributed, we’re thinking we could even maybe do it ourselves?”



The Offspring and 311 cover each other’s songs

Coinciding with the Never-Ending Summer tour, The Offspring have released a cover of 311‘s 1996 hit “Down”, while the latter have released a cover version of The Offspring’s 1994 hit “Self Esteem”. You can hear the new renditions on Spotify or Apple Music, or below.

311’s Nick Hexum recently spoke to Billboard.com about how this idea came together: “It was the Offspring’s idea, and a great idea. They said, ‘We had the idea to cover your song, and we’ve done it,’ and I was like, ‘Wow! I have to hear this,’ ’cause it’s such a signature song. Were they going to cover it faithfully or rework it?’ They reworked it just enough; There’s punk to it, and Dexter (Holland) actually does a killer job of rapping SA (Martinez)’s parts in more of a punk rock style, with fast drums. We were so blown away, It was so my fun to hear that. So we returned the favor and reggaefied (‘Self Esteem’), which is probably my favorite song of theirs. It’ll be a lot of fun to give the fans new versions of these songs they love so much.”

The Offspring’s first album since 2012’s Days Go By is tentatively due for release this year. 311 released their last record Mosaic a year ago and are reportedly working on new music.



The Offspring/Social D to headline Surf City Blitz, motorcycle racing

“This is an incredible line-up of bands over two days, and combined with Roland Sand’s Moto Beach Classic, this is going to be an awesome show…To be a part of an event like this that’s never been done before is pretty cool. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

These words from legendary Social Distortion front man Mike Ness, and honestly I couldn’t have said it better myself. This event looks absolutely epic, with two days of kickass bands on the beach including Bad Religion, Rancid, TSOL, Suicidal Tendencies and more… combined with a dirt track right on the sand for drag racing…

The Offspring‘s Dexter Holland “Can’t wait to hang out on the beach with some of our SoCal punk friends and idols when we play Surf City Blitz.”

If you’re going to be anywhere around Huntington State Beach October 27 and 28 then you can set up your itinerary right here, with tickets for single day passes starting at $49.50, and going on sale this Friday, July 20.

Custom bikes. Punk. Art… THE BEACH!!! Better to save the date, and pick up some tickets before their gone.

 



311 and The Offspring get busted by the Super Troopers

311 and The Offspring are currently co-headlining The Endless Summer tour.  A 29 date stretch that will take them into September and features Gym Class Heroes as the openers.  In a recent Funny or Die promo, the two bands get pulled over by America’s favorite Super Troopers tag team Car Ramrod.

311 latest release is 2017’s Mosaic. While we have seen some studio updates from The Offspring, they have not had an album since 2012’s Days Gone By.

Check out the shenanigans below.



The Offspring perform cover of AC/DCs “Whole Lotta Rosie”

O.C. punk veterans The Offspring recently performed a cover of AC/DCs “Whole Lotta Rosie” at this years Download Festival.

You can check out a video of the cover below.

The Offspring last released Days Go By in 2012.



The Orphan stream cover of The Offspring’s “Bad Habit”

Melbourne, Australia’s noise/hardcore exports The Orphan have released a cover of The Offspring‘s classic ode to road rage, “Bad Habit.”

You can give it a listen below.

The Orphan last released “Gods. Gutters. Stones” in June 2017.



The Offspring perform new song live at Greenfield Festival

O.C. punk veterans The Offspring debuted a new song last night at Greenfield Festival in Switzerland called “It Won’t Get Better”. You can check it out below.

The song is expected to appear on The Offspring’s long-awaited new album, which is tentatively due for release before the end of the year, and will be the first from the band since 2012’s Days Go By.