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Interview:
The Offspring was happy to take time with latest album
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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The Offspring's attitude towards its latest album? Good things come to those who wait.

The southern California punk rock quartet started working on "Days Go By," its ninth studio album and first in four years, in 2009 and even thought it would come out the following year. But the group and its producer, Bob Rock -- who also worked on 2008's "Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace" -- decided to take their time instead, and feel like it paid off.

"The way a lot of bands do it and how we used to do it is we'll lock ourselves away in the studio for six months and then emerge with a record," says frontman Bryan "Dexter" Holland, who -founded the Offspring as Manic Subsidal during 1984 in Huntington Beach and has led it through hits such as "Come Out and Play," "Self Esteem" and "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)." . "That can be rough; when you've been somewhere for a week and played your songs over and over 100 times, you really kind of lose perspective on what it sounds like.

"So we would purposely go in for a week or two at a time, then take short breaks and come back, and when you do come back it's very easy to see what you need to do. We'd make parts better and keep on refining stuff, and that made the album better even if it took a little longer."

"Days Gone By" debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, while the title track was a hit at both alternative and mainstream rock stations. It's also the first album the Offspring recorded with drummer Pete Parada, who joined in 2007 but after the recording of "Rise and Fall..." But Josh Freese, the session vet who played on that album, was also part of "Days Gone By," playing on eight of the album's 12 tracks.

"Josh, of course, is a great drummer, and he pretty much lives down the street from me," Holland, 46, explains. "It's like, 'Hey, I've got a new song. Can you stop by and play on it?' and he's there in a minute.

"Pete is our drummer. He goes on tour with us and we really wanted to bring him in on these sessions, too. He he plays on maybe not half the record, but it was a lot of fun 'cause he's such a great guy. We're really lucky to have two guys we can call on like that."

The Offspring, Dead Sara and Kaliedo perform Friday, Aug. 31, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30-$55 with a $99 balcony four-pack. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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