Dexter Holland On The Offspring’s New Album: “I’d Imagine It’d Be Out By The Fall”

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Dexter Holland confirmed that The Offspring’s new album “is 98 percent finished.” He also went on to say that he thinks the effort will “be out by the fall.”

Holland said the following about the record:

“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 percent finished. So we’re trying to put together a plan to release it.

We’re very lucky that we have fans in lots of different places — in Australia, in Japan, in Europe and the UK, of course. But what that means is that we have to kind of co-ordinate a schedule so we’re able to service everyone as well. So we really have to get it together so we can spend a little bit of time in each place so we can make the most of the record when it’s released. So we’re kind of in the process of putting that together, but, geez, I’d imagine it’d be out by the fall.”

The frontman also revealed that the group are currently without a label:

“We were on Sony ever since ‘Ixnay [On The Hombre]’ — and we finished out our contact. We did, like, seven records for them. We’ve got to be the only band that’s ever finished out a record contract without being dropped by their record label. We didn’t get dropped, we just finished! But then we took a couple of years off because I wanted to go back to school, but now it’s, like, ‘We’re back! Anybody want to sign us up?”

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Noodles Says The Offspring’s New Album Is Done

It looks like The Offspring have officially finished their new album. Noodles confirmed the news while responding to a fan on Instagram. He said the following: “The album is done. Working on getting it to the fans now. Stay tuned!”

[via Blabbermouth]

Noodles Says The Offspring Are “Entertaining The Idea Of Doing Two Records”

During a recent interview with Junkee, Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman offered an update on The Offspring’s new album. He said the following:

“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.”

[via Dying Scene]

311 & The Offspring Cover Each Other’s Hits

With their summer co-headlining tour coming up, 311 and The Offspring have decided to cover each other’s hit songs. You can listen to 311’s take on “Self Esteem” and The Offspring’s take on “Down” below:

311’s Nick Hexum commented:

“‘Self Esteem’ is my favorite Offspring song. It’s a great melody, and the lyrics really tell a story. I like when a singer is vulnerable and doesn’t try to act all cool. We’ve all been in relationships we know we shouldn’t be in, so most people can relate. Our first version was more reggae, but we realized that it needed to rock-like the original. We revved it up to be rocking riffs with reggae rhythms. I guess we ‘311-ized’ it. It was a lot of fun. SA kicked ass on this one. The vocal requires a lot of range and he really belted it out. We had to work hard to live up to Offspring’s killer cover of ‘Down’! I love the way they reimagined it. It kicks ass! I’m glad they really took liberties instead of being faithful to the original roadmap. I love the punk parts and hearing Dexter do SA’s raps. Nice job dudes!”

The Offspring’s Noodles commented as well:

“We’ve always been big fans of the song ‘Down’. Parts of the song sound really heavy and almost dark, but it also has a very uplifting message. We knew we’d never be able to groove it the way 311 do so we tried to punk it up a little. We tried to do a Ramones-like version to serve as a companion piece to the Clash-iness of theirs. I don’t know if we did it justice but it sure was fun to play and sing.”

He also added the following about 311’s cover:

“Wow! Way cool. The guitars sound great and that bass is certainly in your face. I think what ultimately makes this version great is the way Nick and SA split the vocals and play off of each other. SA taking the high parts while Nick slides in effortlessly beneath him is a perfect example of how harmonies are supposed to work. Nailed it!”

A limited edition 7-inch (limited to 1,000) featuring the tracks can be pre-ordered on both the bands’ websites.

The Offspring Hope To Release New Album In The Fall

During an interview with WRIF’s Meltdown, The Offspring guitarist Noodles offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following:

“This record is taking us a long time, but I think it’s gonna be well worth the wait. We’ve been in the studio working a lot recently with Bob [Rock] and finishing it up. We’ve got about 10 songs done, a couple of more that just need lyrics. And then we may do one or two more and it’s gonna be a done deal.”

He also added the following when asked when fans can expect to hear it:

“This fall. Definitely this year, hopefully fall. We were hoping for summer, but it looks like fall now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

311 & The Offspring Announce Co-Headlining Tour

311 and The Offspring have announced a co-headlining tour. Gym Class Heroes will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

Jul. 25 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jul. 27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Jul. 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Jul. 29 – Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Jul. 31 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug. 02 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug. 04 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
Aug. 05 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
Aug. 07 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
Aug. 08 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Aug. 11 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug. 12 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
Aug. 14 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Aug. 15 – Springfield, IL @ Illinois State Fair
Aug. 21 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
Aug. 22 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 24 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug. 25 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 26 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 28 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ Budweiser Stage
Aug. 29 – Allentown, PA @ The Great Allentown Fair
Aug. 31 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair
Sept. 01 – Sioux City, IA @ Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City*
Sept. 03 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept. 04 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights
Sept. 06 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sept. 08 – Thackerville, OK @ Winstar Casino
Sept. 09 – Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena

Concert Review: Sublime With Rome, The Offspring, & The Menzingers In Mountain View, CA

Last night (September 27), I attended the Sublime With Rome, The Offspring, and The Menzingers concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, and it was an awesome show.

The Menzingers opened up the show with a cool set. The Pennsylvanian natives were a good opening act, and it was worth getting there early to see the group. A highlight from their set was “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore.”

Then it was time for The Offspring, the main reason I attended the show. The punk rockers kicked off their set by blasting into “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid.” After that, it was just hit after hit. In fact, the group played nearly every song on their greatest hits album, along with a few extra tracks thrown in. The group were very energetic and were able to keep the crowd dancing and singing along the entire time. Frontman Dexter Holland’s humorous stage banter helped keep things interesting as well. Highlights from their set included: “Want You Bad,” “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy),” “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” and “Self Esteem.”

After The Offspring, Sublime With Rome took the stage. Admittedly, I was unsure about watching Sublime songs performed live without the late Bradley Nowell, but the group put on a great show. Rome Ramirez’s vocals worked well with the reggae infused rock tracks the band was known for, and it was interesting to see his take on them. The band opened with “Date Rape” and followed that up with numerous other classics, along with a couple of Sublime With Rome originals like “Murdera.” All in all, their set was entertaining and helped keep Nowell’s music alive in a sense. Highlights included: “Doin’ Time,” “What I Got,” which featured a guest spot from Noodles (The Offspring), and “Santeria.”