California rockers THE OFFSPRING are "98 percent finished" with their long-awaited tenth album, singer Dexter Holland has revealed. He told U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine about the long-awaited follow-up to 2012's "Days Go By": "It sounds like our old shit. That's what I'm supposed to say, right? I don't really know how to describe it. 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. But I'm really really happy with it. It's not completely finished, but it is 98 percent finished. So we're trying to put together a plan to release it.
"We're very lucky that we have fans in lots of different places — in Australia, in Japan, in Europe and the UK, of course," he continued. "But what that means is that we have to kind of co-ordinate a schedule so we're able to service everyone as well. So we really have to get it together so we can spend a little bit of time in each place so we can make the most of the record when it's released. So we're kind of in the process of putting that together, but, geez, I'd imagine it'd be out by the fall."
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 Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman told Junkee that THE OFFSPRING has been "spending a bit of time in the studio" with producer Bob Rock, who also worked on the band's last two albums. "He's great, man — we get along with him really well," the guitarist said.
At the time of the Junkee interview, Noodles said 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 last June 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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