Pretty fly for some old guys
SOME bands will never ever quit.
Nine records and 20- odd years into their career, Californian skater punk band The Offspring is still churning out exactly what they’ve always churned. It’s good news for fans of their schtick.
Dividing by Zero is worth the price of admission alone. The guitar riffing is so fast it veers towards thrash metal speeds, absolutely blistering.
This is proper, furious punk rock; fuzzy and shredding in all the right places.
Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing And Rides the Bomb to Hell may have a stupid title but it’s another highlight that clenches its fist and swings with full force. It’s a classic, shouty Offspring anthem.
Opening number The Future Is Now kicks in the door with full throttle punk attitude and hooks galore. This all sounds pretty great, right? It might be telling one of the album’s best songs is a re- recording of an angsty tune from their ’ 92 record Ignition.
Times were simpler then, the band members were young, desperate and fearless. They were angry. And that kind of sweaty emotion is impossible to fake.
Dirty Magic still sounds great today with its Tyson- like power and a guitar line that mimics the best version of The Cure.
If nothing else, this tune would be a daring choice for the next single.
But . . . here is a tip, skip the two unfunny joke songs.
The band retread Pretty Fly ( For a White Guy) twice here and the result is not attractive.
The half- rapping on Cruising California ( Bumpin’ in My Trunk) is just embarrassing.
These dad jokes are really the only time on the album that singer Dexter Holland sounds puffy and old.
The vaguely reggae OC Guns is no better. These abominations are bound to be deleted from people’s iTunes playlists.
Also filed under Not So Great is the stripper love song I Wanna Secret Family ( With You).
Musically it’s almost fine, if a little lightweight, but thematically it’s about as ick as Morgan Freeman marrying his step- granddaughter.
Also, what’s with these blokes and parentheses?
Let’s return to the good stuff, and let’s make it clear that two- thirds of the record is good. A bunch of critics have compared the title track, Turning Into You and All I Have Left Is You with bands like the Foo Fighters and Rise Against.
For a band so deep into their career, it says The Offspring are still on the money. Rise Against clearly cribbed some of their action from The Offspring in the first place. And the Fooies are one of the most successful bands ever. That’s not too shabby company to keep.