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RonWelty
05-31-2012, 05:10 PM
I don't know if it's old new..I'm sorry if it's already known here!

"We want to offer something new with every album," says Dexter Holland, frontman of THE OFFSPRING.

After nine records, that's certainly not an easy task for any band. However, THE OFFSPRING have more than a few surprises up their sleeves, and their ninth studio album, DAYS GO BY, is staggering proof. Produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Mötley Crüe, The Cult), the record sees the group embracing every side of their sound, while simultaneously blazing new trails.

The Huntington Beach, CA quartet—Dexter Holland (vocals, guitar), Noodles (guitar), Greg Kriesel (bass) and Pete Parada (drums)—once again break all the rules in true punk fashion. The title track and first single glides on an irresistible riff and arena-sized hook. Meanwhile, "OC Guns" swings from swaggering SoCal reggae into a mariachi breakdown, and "Cruising California (Bumpin' in My Trunk)" hilariously recounts an afternoon rolling around the beach with nothing but time to kill and scantily girls to flirt with. Then, there's the final speed punk death march of dual salvo "Dividing by Zero" and "Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell." It's unique, unpredictable, and undeniably THE OFFSPRING.

The band's last album, 2008's Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace, featured the alternative and rock radio staples “Hammerhead” and “You're Gonna Go Far, Kid.” Also among their best-known hits are the rock anthems “Self Esteem,” “Come Out And Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)” and “The Kids Aren't Alright." They've performed over 1100 shows across the globe and sold more than 36 million albums worldwide. Their 1994 release Smash remains the highest-selling album of all-time on an independent label.

In 2010 after a successful touring cycle behind Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, the four musicians regrouped in their Orange County studio to begin carving out ideas for their next offering. Holland took a trip to visit Rock in Hawaii. After collaborating with the producer on the previous record, it was like they'd simply picked up where they left off.

"The last album turned out really great, so we wanted to work with Bob again," Holland explains. "When you go with a producer for the second time, it can go one of two ways. Either, since you've gotten to know each other, everything gets a lot better. Or, sometimes, you've gotten too comfortable with each other, and it stops being professional. The producer becomes too much like a buddy. Luckily, it didn't go that way. Bob encouraged us to throw all of our ideas out there."

The title track actually ignited the entire process. They began working on that song first, revisiting it throughout the entire process, and actually finishing it in the last batch. For Holland, the song remains emblematic of a pervasive overarching theme.

"It tied everything together and was the most representative of what I was trying to get at," he reveals. "Time marches on. We have to get through life and pull ourselves up by our boot straps. No one is going to do it for you. At the same time, there's a message of hope, and I wanted that to come across. The last few years have been really tough on a lot of people. You can see it on TV or in the news. The song doesn't simply say, 'Let's revolt.' It's about the spirit that things can get better."

"It's about hanging in there," concurs Noodles. "Without hope, there's not much reason to go on. The song's got that big mid-tempo chant and a real unifying feeling."

There's a unity in the musical diversity of DAYS GO BY as well. Whether it’s a humorous story of starting an alternate family with a stripper on "I Wanna Secret Family (With You)" or the anti-authoritarian old school fire of "Secrets from the Underground" and "Turning Into You," THE OFFSPRING don't hold anything back. Holland made a point of challenging himself while writing. He even made a writer's retreat up to Vancouver with Rock's encouragement, and he penned "All I Have Left Is You" quickly in the hotel room.

"I really tried to write the best lyrics possible here," the singer goes on. "I want to tell a story, but allow people to make it their own. We like to make music that's diverse. There's a lot of punk rock, but there's a little reggae and pop. It's easy to start rehashing after nine albums. You have to push yourself to dig deeper."

In terms of digging deeper, the band was able to craft songs that were both infectious and inspiring. Noodles affirms, "There are songs with meaning, and I hope those resonate with people. At the same time, I hope they smile and laugh during the fun songs. If they like it all, that's even better."

"We make these records for ourselves," says Holland. "We come out of it feeling good, and it's great if that translates. The angry tracks aren't just pure anger. They're hopefully cathartic."

There's nothing quite as cathartic as seeing the band live though, and that's where the material on DAYS GO BY will burn the brightest. It's because even after all this time, the group's reason for being on stage hasn't changed. It's as pure as it's ever been.

"We share a love of this music that we got into at such a young age," declares Noodles. "It meant the same thing or a very similar thing to all of us back then as it does now. We love recording. We love hanging out backstage. We love giving each other shit and taking the piss out of each other. We love playing."

It's no surprise Holland feels the same. "We still do it because it's what we love. We feel inspired to make the best music we can and try to make the world a bit better in the process. When the audience sings back to you, there's nothing like it."

There will be a lot more of that to come with DAYS GO BY.

KyleW
05-31-2012, 05:29 PM
Great insight thanks for sharing. Good to hear more about each track too, really stoked for Secrets from the Underground.

cool 2 hate 681
05-31-2012, 05:41 PM
There's a unity in the musical diversity of DAYS GO BY as well. Whether it’s a humorous story of starting an alternate family with a stripper on "I Wanna Secret Family (With You)"

i knew this would be a joke song i hope it's good

jacknife737
05-31-2012, 05:45 PM
Cool. The description of "I wanna secret family" has me intrigued to say the least.

RonWelty
05-31-2012, 05:45 PM
i knew this would be a joke song i hope it's good

it depends... which stripper Dexter met. some are cute but some .... I don't know how people pay to fuck them.

TheNooseIsFalling
05-31-2012, 05:55 PM
Thanks a lot for sharing. Seriously though, this is turning into a striptease for me, I'm already more excited about DGB than I've been about any other album since RAFRAG. I thought I was looking forward to Avenged Sevenfold's Nightmare for example, but this is completely different. Looks like only the Offspring has this effect on me. And the bio doesn't even say a word about Dirty Magic

Puschka
05-31-2012, 06:31 PM
We feel inspired to make the best music we can and try to make the world a bit better in the process. When the audience sings back to you, there's nothing like it."

There will be a lot more of that to come with DAYS GO BY.

The best part at the end! Awesome words Dex and Niz
Thanks for sharing RonWelty!

KickHimWhenHe'sDown
05-31-2012, 06:33 PM
Then, there's the final speed punk death march of dual salvo "Dividing by Zero" and "Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell." It's unique, unpredictable, and undeniably THE OFFSPRING.

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There's a unity in the musical diversity of DAYS GO BY as well. Whether it’s a humorous story of starting an alternate family with a stripper on "I Wanna Secret Family (With You)" or the anti-authoritarian old school fire of "Secrets from the Underground" and "Turning Into You," THE OFFSPRING don't hold anything back. Holland made a point of challenging himself while writing. He even made a writer's retreat up to Vancouver with Rock's encouragement, and he penned "All I Have Left Is You" quickly in the hotel room.

All of this is making me reeeeeeaaaaaalllly excited for the new album. Yes, even IWSF(WY) sounds great to me.

bhg_rulz2
05-31-2012, 06:44 PM
just awesome words by the boys!

AD90
05-31-2012, 06:55 PM
Reading the bio, it sounds like I may be skipping a few songs on the constant rotation it'll be on once I get it.

GamerKT
05-31-2012, 06:59 PM
I just got way more impatient...

DMelges
05-31-2012, 07:39 PM
I really didn't expect Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell to be a serious song... interesting.

SPDTRTARTBTH. Damn. Good luck abbreviating that song from now on hahaha

BagOfShenanigans
05-31-2012, 08:23 PM
I thought we were just going to call it Slim Pickens...

Or we could just begin a running gag where we always type out that song's full name; no matter the circumstance.

TeddyBear_Army
05-31-2012, 08:58 PM
I'm really really curious about OC Guns and I Wanna Secret Family. IWSF has a Want You Bad thing going for it, I think.

TheJakes84
05-31-2012, 09:44 PM
Thank you for posting it! :) I guess it's safe to say, that I am not as curious as I originally was with I want a Secret Family with you. :o

Little_Miss_1565
05-31-2012, 11:56 PM
I dig the bio!


it depends... which stripper Dexter met. some are cute but some .... I don't know how people pay to fuck them.

People don't pay to fuck strippers. You're thinking of a hooker, which is not the same thing as a stripper, just so y'know.

Dexter_italy
06-01-2012, 12:06 AM
People don't pay to fuck strippers. You're thinking of a hooker, which is not the same thing as a stripper, just so y'know.

well usually a stripper in private does get paid to fuck...but that's here in italy where they cover hookers in strip clubs ahaha.

This bio btw was awesome!! thanks ronwelty! but don't think that dexter wrote the song thinking of himself....maybe it was a story about greg :D hahaha

Defender
06-01-2012, 12:56 AM
This band never makes me get bored!

TheJakes84
06-01-2012, 01:27 AM
it depends... which stripper Dexter met. some are cute but some .... I don't know how people pay to fuck them.

Dexter is not that kind of a man that would do such a riduculous thing like pay up a stripper just to have sex with.

Little_Miss_1565
06-01-2012, 01:39 AM
It bears repeating that writing a song about a stripper doesn't mean anything about Dexter's actual life.

TheNooseIsFalling
06-01-2012, 01:41 AM
People don't pay to fuck strippers. You're thinking of a hooker, which is not the same thing as a stripper, just so y'know.

or it would have to be a REALLY good stripper

GamerKT
06-01-2012, 01:58 AM
All of the strippers would be over at Greg K.'s house, anyway.

The Search Button
06-01-2012, 01:59 AM
It bears repeating that writing a song about a stripper doesn't mean anything about Dexter's actual life.

What!?

Does that mean he didn't decapitate his mother, father, girlfriend and baby!?

I'm disappoint, son.

Outerspaceman21
06-01-2012, 02:22 AM
I'm really anxious to hear this album, especially the more punk rock oriented tracks. I admire how the Offspring tries to be diverse in their music in recent years, even if it's hit or miss with me sometimes, but when they do straight up punk, they do it well.

offspringiztheshit
06-01-2012, 11:05 AM
FUCK YES! Old school offspring is back with "secrets from the underground" Can't wait!!!

RonWelty
06-01-2012, 02:05 PM
i find hilarious that you think that I really meant that Dexter wrote a song about him want to have a secret family with some generic stripper... WOW....

KickHimWhenHe'sDown
06-01-2012, 02:10 PM
Or we could just begin a running gag where we always type out that song's full name; no matter the circumstance.
I'm in favor of that idea.


So are we still going to criticize their use of "wanna", which usually means "want to", but in this case means "want a".

Alien Invader
06-01-2012, 06:03 PM
Dexter is not that kind of a man that would do such a riduculous thing like pay up a stripper just to have sex with.

I agree. Especially considering that if he wanted to have sex with a random person he could just pick one of the thousands of female fans that throw themselves at him, and it would be free :p

RonWelty
06-02-2012, 06:40 AM
I agree. Especially considering that if he wanted to have sex with a random person he could just pick one of the thousands of female fans that throw themselves at him, and it would be free :p

I bet most of his female Fans aren't pretty. Pretty girls usually aren't into punk.

Dexter_italy
06-02-2012, 06:46 AM
I bet most of his female Fans aren't pretty. Pretty girls usually aren't into punk.

this is soooo wrong :D

RonWelty
06-02-2012, 07:01 AM
this is soooo wrong :D

Well, not in my country, I assure you.

Alien Invader
06-02-2012, 07:11 AM
I bet most of his female Fans aren't pretty. Pretty girls usually aren't into punk.

Well, thanks a lot :p That's not to say that I would throw myself at Dexter...or anyone else for that matter...lol

RonWelty
06-02-2012, 07:28 AM
Well, thanks a lot :p That's not to say that I would throw myself at Dexter...or anyone else for that matter...lol

I'm not saying every offspring girl fan is ugly or that all pretty girls doesn't like The Offspring.

TeddyBear_Army
06-02-2012, 11:10 AM
I'm not saying every offspring girl fan is ugly or that all pretty girls doesn't like The Offspring.

come to brazil, Ron. punk rock chicks are awesome here :D.

Camilamazed
06-02-2012, 11:34 AM
People don't pay to fuck strippers. You're thinking of a hooker, which is not the same thing as a stripper, just so y'know.

Sarah, you're just picking on him right? Hooker, stripper, it is a joke!! Sometimes we don't need to be literal.


It bears repeating that writing a song about a stripper doesn't mean anything about Dexter's actual life.

I'm so sorry, but this needs to stop to. Everybody knows that the songs aren't necessary linked to their lives. You don't have to repeat that every time somebody talks about it. Plus, you cannot be 100% sure about it. Who knows, maybe Dexter, Noodles or even Greg was really in love with a stripper.

That would be just awesome hahahaha


What!?

Does that mean he didn't decapitate his mother, father, girlfriend and baby!?

I'm disappoint, son.

THIS, Sarah. This.

Camilamazed
06-02-2012, 11:36 AM
I bet most of his female Fans aren't pretty. Pretty girls usually aren't into punk.

OUCH. This is just mean.

RonWelty
06-02-2012, 11:43 AM
OUCH. This is just mean.

no Camila. It's true, at least in my country. Well, when I say pretty, I mean really pretty.
I'm sorry if it sounded like an insult. It wasn't. It is a fact.
We don't need to be pretty to be good people.

Camilamazed
06-02-2012, 11:49 AM
no Camila. It's true, at least in my country. Well, when I say pretty, I mean really pretty.
I'm sorry if it sounded like an insult. It wasn't. It is a fact.
We don't need to be pretty to be good people.

I know. :p

But seriously, you guys cannot complain. There are a lot of pretty ladies on the boards!

RonWelty
06-02-2012, 11:50 AM
I know. :p

But seriously, you guys cannot complain. There are a lot of pretty ladies on the boards!

I'm not complaining. At all.

Alien Invader
06-02-2012, 12:37 PM
I'm sorry if it sounded like an insult. It wasn't. It is a fact.

Now THAT sounds like an insult...lol

Degstur Lolland
06-02-2012, 12:44 PM
We will see which hooker Dexter likes in CC video. I'm sure she is dead by now. :ddd They are cheap, plenty of 'em and last only 2 songs. :d If I had a band I wouldn't give them so much attention, but maybe it has an anti-whore effect.

Good job RW, lots of info. The album is pretty clear now except maybe a hero movie song and some other minor things. It would be cool to know lengths of the songs.

RobinoZombie
06-02-2012, 02:00 PM
I Just LOVE the Activity on the boards the last couple of weeks!!!!!!

LOVE YOU GUYS & GALS

GamerKT
06-02-2012, 02:07 PM
We will see which hooker Dexter likes in CC video. I'm sure she is dead by now. :ddd They are cheap, plenty of 'em and last only 2 songs. :d

I'm laughing so hard right now.

Llamas
06-02-2012, 02:22 PM
I bet most of his female Fans aren't pretty. Pretty girls usually aren't into punk.

I've been to a lot of punk shows and a few punk festivals, and I'd say it's not a kind of place that has many attractive people in general, haha - guys or girls. Punks aren't really a kind of people known for trying to look good. :P