After four years away from the road the Offspring are bringing their brand of punk rock to fans for their first proper U.S. tour with the characteristically punk rock title the “Sh** Is F***ed Up Tour.” Although the Offspring released their highly-anticipated eighth album, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace in 2008, they have a reason behind waiting to hit the road in support of the effort. Lead singer Dexter Holland recently told Rolling Stone, “It seems like, gosh, so many records have come out that are there for a minute and they’re gone. Big bands too! I just felt like the way for us to do it was to let it get out there.”
While many artists use the Internet to release albums these days, in a sort of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality, the Offspring issued their latest album single by single, slowly generating buzz about the release, the band’s first studio release in almost four and a half years. The Offspring’s strategy worked, with “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” and “Hammerhead” landing at the number one and number two spots on Billboard’s Hot Modern Tracks chart, respectively.
The punk rock institution is already mulling over the follow-up album to Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace but is currently focusing on its two-month arena tour, and Holland sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about the North American jaunt. Holland hinted that the band would be enlisting producer Bob Rock, who helmed Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, for their next album, and when asked if the band would wait another four years to churn out their next record shrugged, “No, that wasn’t intentional. I like being a band. I honestly think we can get something out next year … I’ll call it right now. New record in oh-’10.”
Holland said the band was already getting ideas for a new album on tour and will likely draw inspiration from the “Sh** Is F***ed Up Tour” whenever they enter the studio next. As for the aggressive tour title, Holland said, “One of the songs on our record is ‘Stuff Is Messed Up,’ but it’s ‘Sh** Is F***ed Up.’ That was our take on the state of the world a year ago. I thought the song wouldn’t even be relevant in a year and a half, but it turns out things actually got worse. This tour should have been called ‘Sh** Is Really F***ed Up.'”
When the Offspring self-released their self-titled debut album in 1989 it went largely unnoticed, but the group’s sophomore offering, Ignition, set fire to the underground punk scene upon its release four years later. The Offspring’s next album, Smash, was a hit thanks to the MTV staple “Come Out and Play,” in 1994 and “Self Esteem” followed suit. After being courted by the majors for some time, the Offspring finally signed to Columbia in 1996, a controversial move in the punk rock community, and released Ixnay on the Hombre in 1997.
The album garnered positive reviews but didn’t match the hype surrounding it, although 1998’s Americana more than made up for it with the smash single “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy).” The band decided to offer their next effort, Conspiracy of One for free on the Internet (Radiohead, anyone?) in 2000 but Sony wasn’t so keen on the idea, so the Offspring released individual singles in that manner instead.
Splinter followed in 2003 and then a greatest-hits album arrived in 2005, after which point Offspring fans were made to wait for the band’s next move. It has been a good couple of years for fans of the punk rock band, with the arrival of Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace and their current summer tour. Check online for Offspring tickets to see the band live for the first time in four years!
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