in school for a minute because I was worried I’d be left behind thinking everyone I went to school with would graduate and I was stalling time. But I was more passionate about the band and stuck with my gut feeling.”
The Offspring is in the process of writing a new album due for release in 2019. Over the last five years, they’ve been working with esteemed producer Bob Rock, who was behind iconic records such as Motley Crue’s Dr Feelgood in 1989, The Cult’s Sonic Temple in the same year and Metallica’s Metallica [The Black Album] in 1991.
“We don’t have a label anymore,” he laughs. “We were on Sony for five records and finished the contract so we’re free agents now. We’ll find someone who wants to put it out.”
Holland doesn’t seem too worried either, happy to release music on his terms. He did for almost two decades run his own label Nitro Records, which he sold in 2013, best known for signing acts like The Vandals, AFI and Guttermouth. “After 20 years I was ready to do something else,” he says.
When he looks back at Smash, Holland says he remembers receiving an invitation to attend his 10-year high school reunion and feeling nervous about it.
“I was like, oh shit, what have I done with my decade?” he says. “I got that two months before Smash came out, and by the time the reunion happened the album had done well in the charts, so I had a good feeling walking into the room. But, seriously, to that point I was in a little punk band, wallowing away in grad school and I remember that being an uncomfortable time. I didn’t know whether I could face those I went to school with and not have a success story to tell.”
Holland is still king of the punk rock kids [they just grew up and so did he] and proof that science and punk rock do mix.
But while he’s made a career writing about disaffected youth and one-night stands, he’s got his intellectual mind set on saving the world, or at the very least, shining a light on new ways to eradicate the AIDS virus.
So how has fame changed him? “That album was a huge turning point in my life and fame certainly made it easier because we had more money to do things,” says Holland, who also runs his own hot sauce brand Gringo Bandito. “I mean how many students get to do the band thing and then return to their studies two decades later and fulfill both dreams? I am also grateful the university accepted me. They took a chance on me and that’s all you need to get through, someone to believe in you.”
Offspring, group portrait, Chicago, United States, 1994.