The Offspring continue to work on their long-awaited 10th studio album for a tentative 2019 release, and guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman has hinted that fans may get more music than they bargained for. Wasserman told Junkee in a new interview, “We’ve got a bunch of new songs that we’re preparing to go in and record right now. I think there’s a record’s worth in there, but we’re thinking that maybe the songs are just a little too different.”
Wasserman added, “We know there’s a song or two on every record that comes out of left field for us, but it’s more than just a couple this time. Right now, we’re entertaining the idea of doing two records — one where we can put all of these, and another of straight-up Offspring songs.”
Noodles echoed those thoughts last summer in a chat with Australia’s Music Feeds, saying, “I think we’re looking at making two records out of it — you know, like, splitting ’em up and coming out with a pretty straightforward punk and rock record that sounds like us, and then maybe saving some of the crazier stuff for another record.”
As for what the “crazier stuff” sounds like, Wasserman explained, “There’s always a song that we do (on each album) because it’s just fun for us to experiment . . . We have a song that has a lot of horns in it, like a full-on horn section in it, and we’ve been working on that song for a long time. I think that one might be the the one kind of wacky one that we keep on this record; well, at least I hope it is.”
The Offspring is currently without a record deal after issuing its last six studio LPs through Columbia Records, to which the band signed back in 1997. The band’s last full-length album, Days Go By, arrived in 2012, while its most recent single, “Coming For You,” dropped in 2015.