Seminal punk band THE OFFSPRING is putting the finishing touches on its first album in seven years.
The mega-platinum-selling group has been recording with Grammy-winning producer Bob Rock in between extensive tours.
The yet-to-be-titled album will be the follow-up to 2012's ninth studio album, "Days Go By", and their third consecutive release with Rock, who also produced 2008's "Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace".
"We've had an amazing time in the studio with Bob," says vocalist/guitarist Dexter Holland. "We have history with him — he knows what works for us and how to get the best out of us. Save for a few small things, we're pretty much wrapped and excited to get these tunes out there. We have a lot of really fast stuff on there, plus a couple of things that you might not really expect from us."
"People keep asking me what it sounds like and I say, it sounds like…us,” muses guitarist Noodles. "It's all there — the melody, the powerful drums, bass and guitar. We dig it. You'll dig it."
2019 marks two important milestones for the Southern California-based group, including the 35th anniversary of their formation and the 25th anniversary of 1994's landmark album, "Smash". Since its release, "Smash" has sold over 10 million copies and remains the highest-selling indie album of all time.
The band just wrapped a North American tour that included Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary shows. Their high-octane performance at the recent Atlantic City date drew praise from Brooklyn Vegan, who wrote, "they've really got a lot of hits and they still have the energy, the attitude and the nasally sneer needed to deliver. THE OFFSPRING's classics are embedded into punk's DNA at this point. If you care about this kind of music, they've probably impacted you either directly or indirectly. And they still bring it."
The band's international tour kicks off today in Helsinki.
Over the course of their remarkable career, THE OFFSPRING have performed over a thousand shows to packed-house crowds across the globe. They've hit the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200 albums chart four times and their last single, "Coming For You", marked the 27th Billboard Alternative Songs entry for THE OFFSPRING, tying them with R.E.M. for sixth place among acts with the most visits since the chart began in 1988. They join an elite group led by U2, PEARL JAM, GREEN DAY, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and FOO FIGHTERS. THE OFFSPRING have written and recorded a plethora of blockbuster radio hits, including "Self Esteem" (176 million Spotify streams and 36 million YouTube views), "The Kids Aren't Alright" (232 million Spotify, 63 million YouTube), "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)" (153 million Spotify, 12 million YouTube) and "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (281 million Spotify, 34 million YouTube), among many others. Along the way, they've sold over 40 million albums (including more than 11 million copies of 2005's "Americana") and have racked up billions of streams.