Pranav Trewn, writing at Stereogum:
But what the Offspring popularized is a far more noxious strain of punk music, and especially punk ideals. The band did not revolt against systems perpetuating economic inequality or authoritarianism, but instead expressed a middle-class teenage resentment that comes from already getting everything you want at home but still being forced to go to school. “The Kids Aren’t Alright” and “Why Don’t You Get A Job?” depict the struggles of people with implied choices, who ultimately squander opportunities as they burn out. Because Holland keeps the details that led to those “choices” vague, it’s easy to read the characters in these songs as unsympathetic. You focus on the absence of ambition, not on the factors that eroded it in the first place.
The Offspring have shared a cover of 311’s “Down” and 311 have covered “Self-Esteem.” You can hear the new renditions on Spotify or Apple Music. 311’s Nick Hexum talked to Billboard about how the 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 debuted their new song “It Won’t Get Better” at Greenfield Festival in Switzerland. A fan shot video has made its way online.
In a new video interview, Noodles from The Offspring announces the band have 10-12 songs done for their new album and have already recorded a video for one of the songs. They hope to release the album in the fall.
The Offspring announced on WRIF’s Meltdown that the album have ten songs written for their new album. They’re aiming for a fall release.
311 and The Offspring are heading out on tour together. Gym Class Heroes will be opening.
Dorothy Atkins, writing at Law 360:
Facing the first day of a medical malpractice trial on Tuesday, a San Jose obstetrician-gynecologist who once drummed for The Offspring proved his punk rock bona fides rushing to the aid of a prospective juror in cardiac arrest, delivering CPR but forcing a mistrial over concerns his medical heroics could bias jurors in his favor.
The Offspring are currently in the studio recording.
The Offspring have announced a 20th anniversary limited edition release of Ixnay on the Hombre:
We are happy to announce that on December 15th Round Hill Music will release a 20th Anniversary limited edition of Ixnay On The Hombre on Vinyl. It will feature 180g opaque gold vinyl, a textured jacked with gold foil print, a matte custom printed sleeve and a heavyweight insert printed with gold foil and suitable for framing. Pre-order information will be announced this week.
In an interview with Rock in Rio The Offspring talk about releasing a new album in 2018.
The Offspring’s Dexter Holland has graduated from the University of Southern California with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. The announcement from Dexter can be read below.
The Offspring hope to have a new album out this year:
We’re hoping to get it out this year, yeah! We’ve been working on it. It’s going real slow. [laughs] We’ve been in and out of the studio for a few years now. We want to get some songs out before we did the whole record. Like, “Coming for You,” whenever that was released.
The Offspring will be performing Ignition in full for a 30th anniversary benefit show in Berkeley for 924 Gilman. Tickets are now on sale.
The Offspring have announced their summer tour dates. Sublime with Rome will be opening on select dates.
The Offspring’s self-released demo tape from 1986 has found its way to YouTube.
Blink-182, The Offspring, 311 and more have all been announced for this year’s Edgefest. The concert will take place on April 1st in Dallas, Texas.
The Offspring have announced some of their tour dates for 2017. So far it looks like a bunch of festival dates. You can find those below.
The Offspring talked with Alaska Dispatch News about hitting the studio soon:
The band is working on a new album, set to be released in early 2017 with a half dozen songs ready for recording. “We’re still planning on getting in the studio soon,” Noodles said. “We might still have a video. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.”
The Offspring has released their new song “Sharknado.” The track comes from the upcoming movie Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.
The Offspring will be releasing a new song in Sharknado 4. A clip of the song was played on KROQ yesterday and you should skip to the 53rd minute to hear it.