The Offspring make dysfunction sound like a party in the title track from their first album in almost a decade.
Offspring guitarist Noodles poked fun at himself a few weeks ago when he and frontman Dexter Holland announced that the long-awaited new album was finally done and coming soon. Let’s not bother counting how many times over the past few years Noodles said the album was almost done and coming soon, because the dude is clearly struggling with it!
A special announcement from Dexter & Noodles. pic.twitter.com/lSTggpjbvG
— The Offspring (@offspring) February 8, 2021
Now at last, we have firm new album details. Let The Bad Times Roll hits on April 16 (joining the new Greta Van Fleet album on that release date). It’s their first new album since Days Go By in 2012. And “Let The Bad Times Roll” is their first new, original track since “Coming For You” in 2015.
A press release hints at inspiration behind some of the new material:
True to the irreverence at the core of punk rock music, the band and lyricist Dexter Holland took a view to today’s cultural moments and didn’t shy away from creating topical material in this album. The title track, written in late 2019 and recorded in 2020, reflects the country’s ongoing challenges. Holland said: “I feel like we’re in a unique period in history where instead of our world leaders saying ‘we’re doing our best’ it’s more like they’re saying ‘fuck it’ and its really scary.”
Its lyrics make mulitple references to common tropes of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, such as “lock her up” chants and “build the wall” talk.