California rockers THE OFFSPRING have completed work on their long-awaited tenth album. The follow-up to 2012’s “Days Go By” was once again produced by Bob Rock, who also worked on the band’s last two LPs.
Asked by the Rock 102.1 KFMA radio station in a new interview with fans can expect to see the disc released, guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman said (hear audio below): “I’m through making predictions. We have a record done — it’s in the can; it’s done. We’re looking for distribution, we’re looking for a record label, and every time I say something, it gets pushed back, and so I’m not even saying anything. I have no idea. We have a record done. I could hit ‘send’ right now, and you would get 12 finished OFFSPRING songs, but that might piss off [singer] Dexter [Holland] a little bit if I did that.”
This past March, Holland told U.K.’s Kerrang! magazine that THE OFFSPRING‘s new album “sounds like our old shit. That’s what I’m supposed to say, right? I don’t really know how to describe it,” he said. “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.”
Dexter also confirmed that THE OFFSPRING was without a record label and was looking into various options about how to make its new music available to the masses.
“We were on Sony ever since ‘Ixnay [On The Hombre]’ — and we finished out our contact,” he said. “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?”
Last fall, guitarist Noodles told Junkee that THE OFFSPRING had been contemplating releasing all of its new music on two separate albums. “I think there’s a record’s worth in there, but we’re thinking that maybe the songs are just a little too different,” he said. “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 OFFSPRING debuted a new song called “It Won’t Get Better” live in concert in June 2018 and has been performing it ever since. Noodles described the track as “kind of like a straight-forward OFFSPRING song.”
THE OFFSPRING‘s last single, “Coming For You”, dropped in 2015.
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