During a recent interview with Kylie Olsson of Download TV, Dexter Holland offered an update on The Offspring’s new album. He said the following:
“It’s basically done. We were kind of just doing some last-minute tweaks and stuff and getting ready. We had a single scheduled to be released and all that stuff, and then this [coronavirus pandemic] happened. So it’s on hold at the moment.”
As previously reported, The Offspring bassist Gregory “Greg K.” Kriesel recently filed a federal lawsuit against frontman Bryan “Dexter” Holland and guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman over trademark infringement and breach of partnership agreement over the band’s name. Now, the group have responded with a cross-complaint, denying all of Kriesel’s accusations.
Kriesel, who has been absent from the band’s recent touring, claimed Holland and Wasserman “devised a scheme, and entered into a conspiracy with each other” last October to “seize the business, business opportunities, and assets” of the group’s partnership agreement. He also alleged that they tried to “divest [him] of his partnership interests and rights, without fair compensation” and “deny [his] continued status as a general partner of the Partnership.”
Holland and Wasserman are now asking the court to appoint “three disinterested appraisers to appraise the fair value” of Kriesel’s shares of the band. According to Forbes, the duo’s cross-complaint said the following:
“Setting aside the obvious legal arguments that there could be no such thing as an oral, permanent partnership, or a partnership which required two people to perform in perpetuity, or indeed that anybody could be compelled to perform music publicly with anybody else for a single performance no less for an endless string of performances, Kriesel’s arguments have no basis in fact.”
According to Dying Scene, The Offspring bassist Gregory “Greg K.” Kriesel has filed a federal lawsuit against frontman Bryan “Dexter” Holland and guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman over trademark infringement and breach of partnership agreement over the band’s name. Kriesel, who has been absent from the band’s recent touring, claims the two “devised a scheme, and entered into a conspiracy with each other” last October to “seize the business, business opportunities, and assets” of the group’s partnership agreement. He also alleges that they tried to “divest [him] of his partnership interests and rights, without fair compensation” and “deny [his] continued status as a general partner of the Partnership.” You can read more by downloading the court document HERE.
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?”
Congratulations are in order for The Offspring’s Dexter Holland, who received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California today (May 11). You can check out his thesis “Discovery of Mature MicroRNASequences within the Protein-Coding Regions of Global HIV-1 Genomes: Predictions of Novel Mechanisms for Viral Infection and Pathogenicity” HERE.
Dexter here. Well we’re gearing up for another busy year touring (and recording), and I can’t wait. In fact I’m actually writing this from our tour stop in Charlotte, NC before our show here this weekend. I know I haven’t posted much for awhile – cause I’ve been busy!
This is sort of an announcement that I completed my dissertation defense and that means that I’ll be graduating on May 11 with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California.
You might ask, why are you getting a Ph.D.? Well, pick the correct answer from the choices below!
A) I was bored
B) I like suffering
C) I am interested in the molecular dynamics of HIV infection and of virus:host interactions in general
No, the answer’s not all three!…actually, as many of you already know I started the Ph.D. a long time ago but put it on hold when we started touring a lot. I finally went back a few years ago.To finish I had to research and write a thesis, or dissertation, which is kind of like the biggest term paper you’ll ever do (mine is about 175 pages).
My research focused on the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the virus which causes AIDS.I am interested in virology and wanted to contribute in some small way to the knowledge which has been learned about HIV andAIDS.This terrible disease remains a worldwide epidemic – over 35 million people worldwide are currently infected and living with the HIV virus.Over one million people a year die from this disease.
My research is not meant to be a cure or even an immediate step toward a cure, but I believe that by adding to the vast amount of information that we’ve learned about HIV in the last 30 years or so, we’ll get there.Toward that end, I’m going to continue to do research, and you’ll probably see some of my research papers get published here and there over the next few years.
So, what does this all mean for the band? It means…the BAND IS BACK ON! Well, we never really stopped touring and making records, but we’ll be doing a bunch of shows all around the world this year plus recording new stuff every chance we get. Look for new music by us out soon.
See you on the road! Dexter.”