Release Date: Apr 16, 2021
Record label: Concord
All off, no spring. I wouldn't say I'm the biggest The Offspring fan out there, but I can at the very least assert the band have their own inimitable sound that instantly sends me back to my childhood when I put on one of their albums; after all, it's impossible for me to hear "All I Want" and not imagine myself in utter bliss playing Crazy Taxi on my Sega Dreamcast. l could go further still and praise them for being one of the best live bands I've ever seen - a real testament to the band since I only saw them six years ago - or I could note the fervent fondness I have for their mid-to-late-nineties albums and the aforementioned nostalgia that goes with them.
The Offspring have been put through the wringer during the past decade. Musicians have come and gone, leaving Dexter Holland as the sole original in their line up, while sessions for 'Let The Bad Times Roll' have had more false starts than a particularly muddy Grand National. Yet fans still cluster around the band, whose pop-edged take on punk captured a global audience in the 90s, one they have stubbornly kept by their side.