There have been a million and one reasons to hate The Offspring‘s last few studio albums, everything from how Splinter was short and full of filler to pretty much everything stated in our stellar review of Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace. Though with another release comes another chance, and only a year after they put out their eighth effort, the California pranksters are back for another round — possibly.
According to Punknews.org, the alleged release could be comprised of throwaway tracks from the band’s previous three albums. Whether or not that’s a good thing is up for discussion, but regardless, the band sounds enthused:
[Vocalist Dexter Holland and Bob] kinda went over a couple of things that were left off the last record,” he reports, “and songs that were even left off ‘Splinter’ or maybe even ‘Conspiracy of One’ and kind of looked at some things with free eyes and see if there was anything there that can be worked on.
Yes, you heard that correct – they went with Bob Rock again. It should also be mentioned that drummer Pete Parada of Saves The Day fame will make his first studio appearance as an official member of The Offspring during any future recordings. Could he be any less a fit for this band who went from California punk to pop rock in the hot minute between “Cool To Hate” and “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)”?
Just the same, we look ahead and hope for the best because let us face facts – The Offspring cannot possibly do worse than “Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?” and its accompanying emo Holland video, right? Right?
The Offspring 2009 Tour Dates:
06/23 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion ^!
06/24 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion ^!
06/26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
06/27 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Lawn ^!
06/28 – Detroit, MI @ Freedom Hall ^!
06/30 – Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC ^!
07/02 – Toronto, ON @ The Molson Amphitheater &#
07/03 – St-Ephrem de Tring, QC @ Woodstock en Beauce Festival
07/04 – Halifax, NS @ Virgin Festival Nova Scotia
07/07 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom *#
07/08 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom *#
07/10 – Boston, MA @ Tsongas Arena *#
07/11 – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion *#
07/12 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ WHRL Big Day Out
07/14 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Boutique Amphitheatre *#
07/16 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live *#
07/17 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre *#
07/18 – Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheater *#
08/08 – Algarve, PT @ Rockone Festival
08/10 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
08/13 – Avenches, CH @ Rock OzArÃ¨nes Festival
08/15 – Terchova, SK @ Budzogan Festival
08/16 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
08/18 – Kiewit, BE @ Pukkelpop
08/21 – LÃ¼dinghausen, DE @ Area 4 Festival
08/22 – Erfurt-Hohenfelden, DE @ Highfield Festival
08/25 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
08/26 – Manchester, UK @ Academy
08/28 – Ulft, NL @ Huntenpop Festival
08/29 – Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine Festival
09/01 – Munich, DE @ Tonhalle
09/02 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz
09/04 – Wiesen, AT @ Two Days a Week Festival
09/05 – Zagreb, HR @ Tvornica
^ = w/ Dropkick Murphys
! = w/ Time Again
* = w/ Sum 41
& = w/ Pennywise