Punk, Pop Punk Fans Will Agree Mercy Music’s New LP Deserves Its Own Time In The Light

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Independent pop punk band Mercy Music released its new album this week in the form of Nothing in the Dark.  The 10-song record is short, clocking in at only 26 minutes, but despite that short run time, it proves itself a positive new offering from the band.  That is proven through its musical arrangements and lyrical themes.  This is proven right from the album’s outset in the form of its single ‘Living With a Ghost.’  This song will be discussed shortly.  ‘Even If I’ve Lost,’ the album’s closer, is another of its high points.  It will be addressed a little later.  The album’s title track, which comes just past the record’s midpoint, is another key addition to its presentation.  It will also be discussed later.  When it is considered along with the other two songs noted here and the rest of the record’s works, the whole of that content makes this album a work that will appeal to any pop punk fan.

Nothing in the Dark is a record from which no pop punk fan has anything to fear.  That is proven from start to end of the record, which clocks in at less than half an hour.  That is proven right from the album’s outset in the form of ‘Living With A Ghost.’  The song is a strong start to the album.  That is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement, which exhibits a wide range of influences.  On one hand, the infectious guitar riffs couple with the bass, drums and vocals to make for a composition that lends itself to works from the likes of All Time Low.  The guitar solo in the bridge is immediately comparable to those of Dropkick Murphys.  On yet another hand, one could just as easily compare this song to works from New Found Glory.  Keeping all of this in mind, it goes to show just in this case what makes this song stand out among the album’s entries.  It shows the wide appeal of the album’s musical content.  Of course, the song’s musical content is not all that is worth examining.  The song’s lyrical content adds to its appeal in its own right.

The song’s lyrical content delivers an uplifting message that couples well with the upbeat sense in the work’s musical arrangement.  Front man Brendan Scholz delivers the message right from the song’s opening as he sings, “Only going up from here/Broken in a brand new year/But it’s alright/Something good will come around/Put all their faith in me/In the red with mouths to feed/I fight/They fall and break/I play pretend/I see it/Won’t leave it alone/Believe this or so I’m told/Don’t/But I need to/And it’s okay/Take it from me/Are we just fucked/To live and die unknown/Living with a ghost.”  This verse in itself delivers a seeming message of perseverance, accepting one’s situation, but making the best of said circumstances.  That message continues as Scholz sings in the song’s second verse, “Honestly I’m ruled by fear/And losing all that I hold dear/But it’s alright/Something good will come around/This idiotic make believe/That I’ll be the man I want to be/But it’s alright/The light is gone/Too weak/I need a friend/I see it/Won’t leave it alone/Believe this or so I’m told/Don’t, but I need to/And it’s OK/Take it from me/Are we just fucked to live and die unknown/Living with a ghost.”  Again, that message of accepting the situation but seeing that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is echoed, just in a different way.  That uplifting message couples with the song’s equally upbeat musical arrangement to make clear why this song is such a key addition to Nothing in the Dark.  It is just one of the songs that makes the album stand out in this year’s field of new punk and pop punk records.  ‘Even If I’ve Lost,’ the record’s finale, is another example of the album’s strength.

‘Even If I’m Lost’ clocks in at just above the two-minute mark.  To be precise, its run time is two minutes, 14-seconds.  In that short time, the band manages to impress just as much here as at any other point in the record’s run.  That is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement.  This full-throttle work is comparable to works from Pennywise, Rancid and plenty of other punk bands in terms of its sound and stylistic thanks to its guitar riff, precision time keeping and vocal delivery.  Working through this song without a lyrics sheet to reference, the lyrics are difficult to fully decipher.  What can be deciphered without lyrics is that the song seems to deliver a message similar to that of the album’s opener.

One can hear at least to a point, Scholz making statements about things not getting any easier, but trying “even if I’ve lost.”  There’s also a mention of recognizing how “everyone around you betrays” and “the biggest detriment” being something having to do with “common sense.”  Again, not having a lyrics sheet to reference, some of the words get lost amid the instruments.  However, enough of this is decipherable to know that the song seems to deliver another uplifting message, this time of not giving p, despite the situation.  To that end, if that is in fact the message being delivered, then message and received and appreciated.  Together with the song’s positive vibe and fiery energy, the song in whole proves in its own way why the album is worth hearing.  It is just one more of the album’s most notable songs, too.  The record’s title track does its own part to exhibit the album’s strength.

‘Nothing in the Dark’ offers audiences an acoustic performance from Scholz.  It is just him and his guitar here, which makes for its own impact.  The song clocks in at just over two-and-a-half minutes, but even in that short time, the emotion delivered through Scholz’s vocals and guitar playing translates well.  Together with the lyical content, that impact increases.

Scholz sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’m still awake/Eyes are bleeding/Pain I never wanted to know/You’re finding peace/Sweetly Sleeping/but you know how this one goes/When I go out I’ll be sure/That I go out alone/We can be two lonely people/the way it was before/My body shakes/Not f****** dealing/Wait for me to go…but you know how this one goes/When I go out/I’ll be sure/That I go out alone/We can be two lonely people/The way it was before.”  The rest of the song continues in similar fashion with the noted statement about an obvious breakup between a couple.  There is a certain intensity in Scholz’s voice as he sings some of the lines.  When it is juxtaposed against that simple approach to the song’s arrangement, the emotional impact makes for that much more strength.  Considering that impact, when the song is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the whole makes the album a record that is sure to appeal to any punk and pop punk fan.

Mercy Music’s new album Nothing in the Dark is a work that punk and pop punk fans alike will agree is worth hearing at least once.  That is proven through the album’s musical and lyrical content.  As evidenced here, the musical arrangements are catchy and infectious while the lyrical content is accessible in its own right, adding even more to the record’s appeal.  All thee of the songs addressed here serve to support the noted statements.  When they are considered with the rest of the album’s works, the whole becomes a work that punk and pop punk fans will agree deserves its own moment in the light.  The album is available now.  More information on the record is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.mercymusicforyou.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mercymusicforyou

Twitter: http://twitter.commercymusic1

 

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Fore Signs New Record Deal

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Things are looking up for punk rock super group Fore.

The band announced Friday, it has signed a new deal with the German-based record label ftwctp Records (yes, that really is the label’s name).  The new record deal will allow the band to distribute its debut album Hombres on vinyl.  The band released its album independently Aug. 7 on CD.

The news of Fore’s new deal comes on the heels not only of its album’s release, but also the debut of its cover of fellow punk rock band Pennywise’s song ‘Open Door.’  The song was recorded during the sessions for Hombres, but was not featured in the record upon its release.

‘Open Door’ was featured in Pennywise’s 1991 self-titled debut album.  Fore’s take on the song stays true to its source material in terms of its musical arrangement.  It is just as intense as Pennywise’s original song.

Fore’s take on ‘Open Door’ was mixed and mastered by Kling and Nordberg at Smoke & Mirrors Productions in Spring Hill, Florida.

More information on Fore’s single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://forepunk.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/FOREpunk

 

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Fore Releases Cover Of Pennywise’s ‘Open Door’

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Independent rock super group Fore paid tribute to pioneering punk band Pennywise this month.

The band — Christian “Speesy” Giesler (ex-Kreator), Jermaine Kling (Venom Prison, Masscare, The Absence), Taylor Nordberg (Masscare, The Absence) and Brian Stephenson (Old James, Skull Fist) — debuted its cover of Pennywise’s hit song ‘Open Door‘ Aug. 7.  The song was not included in the band’s debut album Hombres, which was released the same day.  It was however, recorded during the album’s recording sessions.

‘Open Door’ was featured in Pennywise’s 1991 self-titled debut album.  Fore’s take on the song stays true to its source material in terms of its musical arrangement.  It is just as intense as Pennywise’s original song.

Fore’s take on ‘Open Door’ was mixed and mastered by Kling and Nordberg at Smoke & Mirrors Productions in Spring Hill, Florida.

More information on Fore’s single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://forepunk.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/FOREpunk

 

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Chaser Debuts ‘Look Alive’ Lyric Video

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Skatepunk band Chaser debuted the lyric video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Look Alive‘ Monday.  The song’s musical arrangement is an infectious composition whose guitar, bass, drums and vocals are all well-balanced with one another.  It quickly lends itself to a comparison to works from the likes of Pennywise.

The song’s lyrical theme is just as similar to that of works from Pennywise as said band’s musical arrangements.  It is clearly a sociopolitical statement that urges listeners to take a stand for their beliefs and to unite against all the wrongs in the world.

‘Look Alive’ is one of two songs featured on Chaser’s forthcoming 7″ which is scheduled for release Sept. 4.  The two-song recording will release on four different color variants through Thousand Island Records (Canada), Sound Speed Records (USA), SBAM Records (Europe) and Pee Records (Australia).  Its A-side is listed as ‘Look Alive’ and its B-side as ‘Found Myself Again.’

Bassist Jesse Stopnitzky said in a prepared statement, the record’s release will serve as a fundraiser to help four different nonprofit agencies.

“Our proceeds from the record will be donated to 4 carefully handpicked charitable organizations: Equal Justice Initiative, Educational First Steps, Crisis Aid International, and Surfrider Foundation,” he said.  “2020 has been a year like no other. In the face of such unprecedented crises, one’s impact feels further minimized. However, if we have learned anything from these experiences, it is that we are all in this together and have a responsibility to do our part. At the minimum, manage what we can control.”

More information on Chaser’s forthcoming 7″ is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://chaserpunkrock.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/chaserband

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/chaserband

 

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Second Stage Added To 2nd Annual Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival

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Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

The 2nd annual Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival has just gotten bigger.

Organizers with the Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival announced Monday the addition of the “SRH 25 Year Anniversary Party” Stage.  And with an additional stage also come additional acts.  Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Dilated Peoples, Common Kings, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Madchild, Big B, and Johnny Richter are all scheduled to perform on the newly added stage.

SRH (Supporting Radical Habits) was originally established in 1991.  Since its inception, it has branched out to form a clothing line closely associated with the action sports lifestyle.  It also has put on its own music festival dubbed the SRH Fest.  The SRH Fest assembles fans from around Southern California to celebrate live music, action sports and more.  The bands featured at the SRH Fest include but are not limited to: NOFX, Pennywise, Offspring, Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Unwritten Law, Strung Out, Dilated Peoples, and (Hed) p.e.   SRH founder Kevin Zinger shared his thoughts on the company’s partnership with the Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival with the media, noting SRH’s anniversary as a big reason for the new deal.  “We are extremely excited to be doing this year’s SRH fest at Blaze ‘N’ Glory,” he said.  This is our 25th anniversary, so when the idea of combining forces came up, it made complete sense. We wanted to put together a lineup that represents our flavor of music and lifestyle and Blaze ‘N’ Glory is the perfect event. It’s an honor to have so many amazing artists get involved to perform and support. We have some special guests that will also be joining us, and this show will go down in the SRH history books for sure.”

In honor of SRH’s 25th anniversary, organizers with the Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival is offering a special 4-pack ticket sale that begins Friday, May 13th at 1pm EST/10:00a.m. PST.  The special short sale ends Saturday, May 14th at 2:00pm EST/11:00a.m. PST.  The package deal allows fans to purchase four tickets for $25 each plus fees.  Camping reservations can be made for the festival now by calling the San Bernardino County Regional Parks Department at 909-387-2583.  A very limited number of spaces for RVs and campers adjacent to the venue is currently available and will likely go fast.  Campgrounds will be open from Friday, June 3rd at 3pm through Sunday, June 5th at 12pm.

More information on the Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.BlazeNGlory.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/blazengloryfest

Twitter: http://twitter.com/blazengloryfest

 

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Rock On The Range Sells Out For Fourth Straight Year

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The annual Rock on the Range festival has done it again.

For the fourth consecutive year the Rock on the Range festival has officially sold out. This year’s mark is especially important for the festival as it marks the festival’s 10th anniversary. Last year 120,000 people from all across America and the world bought every last ticket to the three-day festival. This year’s festival will be another three-day event, running from May 20th – 22nd. It will take place at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The lineup for this year’s festival includes: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Deftones, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Megadeth, At The Drive-In, Lamb Of God, Sixx:A.M., Hellyeah, and Pennywise, as well as a number of up-and-coming acts.

Along with some of the rock and metal community’s biggest names and biggest names of their next generation, the Rock on the Range Festival will also feature some of the most well-known and respected comedians out there today. They include: Big Jay Oakerson, Nate Bargatze, Craig Gass, Bethany Dwyer, Madison Malloy and Grammy®–nominated comedian Jay Mohr in the Rock on the Range Rolling Rock Comedy Tent. There will even be a craft beer village featuring the top breweries from the region, new art installations, and activities special to the festival among so much more. ROTR co-executive producer Danny Wimmer discussed the sellout and what it says not only of the festival but of rock and metal as well in a recent interview. “Anyone who says, ‘Rock is Dead,’ hasn’t paid attention to Rock On The Range,” he said. “This festival has grown in each one of its 10 years, selling out in record time this year. Rock On The Range’s strength stands as a testament that rock fans are not only alive and well, they are flourishing.”

Whether or not audiences will be headed to the annual festival they can still get all of the latest information on the festival including performance times and more via its new mobile app. The app is free and can be downloaded via iTunes and Google Play.

Rock on the Range is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live, and MAPFRE Stadium. It is sponsored by Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Zippo, The Music Experience, and Bud Light. More information on the Rock on the Range festival is available online along with all of its latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.RockOnTheRange.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/rockontherange

 

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It’s Not Dead Festival Comes To Life This Fall

Courtesy: Earshot Media

Courtesy: Earshot Media

Punk rock is alive and well!

That is the message being sent by “It’s Not Dead Festival” co-founders Kevin Lyman, Jon Reese and Live Nation’s Rich Best. Thanks to the trio’s combined efforts, the aptly-titled festival will become reality, proving the spirit of punk and the music itself is alive and well. The “It’s Not Dead Festival” will be held Saturday, October 10th at the San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernadino, CA. The festival will feature performances from a total of thirty-five bands across three stages representing the past, present, and future of punk and ska. Those bands include: Bad Religion, Pennywise, Descendents, NOFX, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, The Vandals, Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Strung Out, Fishbone, H20, Lagwagon, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and many more. The festival’s complete lineup is listed below.

The Lineup: Bad Religion, Pennywise, Descendents, NOFX,The Vandals,7 Seconds, Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Strung Out, Fishbone, H20, Lagwagon, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake

Second Stage: The Adolescents, Agent Orange, CJ Ramone, Devils Brigade, Duane Peters Gunfight, Manic Hispanic, Pulley, Riverboat Gamblers, Sham 69, Swingin’ Utters, The Dickies, TSOL

Third Stage: DI, Left Alone, Otherized, Rhythmic Asylum, The Briggs, The Interrupters, The Untouchables, Total Chaos

Tickets for the “It’s Not Dead Festival” will be available beginning this afternoon at 1pm ET on the festival’s official website at http://www.itsnotdeadfestival.com/. Early bird tickets start at $25 and go up in price from there. Regular on-sale price for tickets is $42.50. Service fees and parking are not included in ticket prices. Kids 10 and under get in free. On-site overnight parking will be available for those that get there early in anticipation of the big day.

While the bands tapped to play this year’s festival are the main attraction, they are just part of what audiences can look forward to this year. There will also be an old-school skate/BMX jam presented by Vans featuring appearances from skateboarding legends such as: Mike Frazier, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Omar Hassan, and Neal Hendrix along with pros Lizzie Armanto, Alex Perelson, and Josh Bordon. BMX rider Dennis McCoy will also be on hand for the event.

For those looking for something calmer, there will also be an art exhibition titled “Art’s Not Dead” and a book-signing area. The art exhibition will feature works from artists and photographers such as Mark deSalvo, Dave Naz, Natalia Fabia, Lisa Johnson, B.J. Papas, Greg Attonito, Chris Shary, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Jeff Alulis, Jason Cardwell and many others.  Their works will both be on exhibition and for sale. The book-signing area will feature books from well-known authors such as Jeff Alulis, Danny Bland, Cecil Castellucci, Jack Grisham, Shawna Kenney, Jim Lindberg, David Nazworthy, Christian Picciolini, John Roecker with Dylan Melody, Daniel Weizmann and Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito.

The “It’s Not Dead Festival” is sponsored by Vans, Rockstar Energy Drink, FYE, Coldcock Whiskey, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Epitaph Records, and Pure Noise Records. More information on the “It’s Not Dead Festival” is available online now including ticketing information at:

Website: http://www.itsnotdeadfestival.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/itsnotdeadfest

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Teenage Bottlerocket Premieres New Video, Announces New Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Rise Records

Courtesy: Rise Records

Punk rock band Teenage Bottlerocket premiered the video for its latest single ‘They Call Me Steve’ this week. The video can be viewed online right now via the band’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqLAkjRyiJU. It boasts an old school computer generated look that will have audiences laughing just as hard as its nonsensical lyrics. The song is taken from TBR’s latest upcoming album–its eighth full length studio effort–Tales From Wyoming.

Courtesy:  Rise Records

Courtesy: Rise Records

Along with the debut of its new video, Teenage Bottlerocket also announced this week a new slate of headlining tour dates that kicks off May 29th and runs through June 24th. The Copyrights will open for TBR on a handful of dates with Pears coming on board as a supporting act from March 31st to April 10th. Currently, Teenage Bottlerocket is on tour alongside fellow punk rock bands Pennywise and A Wilhelm Scream. That tour includes a performance at the Drunk Horse Pub in Asheville, NC on March 31st. The band’s current tour schedule is listed in full below:

Tour Dates:

(Through March 30 w/ Pennywise and A Wilhelm Scream)

Mar 19 Metro Chicago, IL

Mar 20 St Andrews Hall Detroit, MI

Mar 21 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, Canada

Mar 22 Now That’s Class Cleveland, OH

Mar 24 Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, MA

Mar 25 Bogie’s Albany, NY

Mar 26 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ

Mar 27 Irving Plaza New York, NY

Mar 28 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA

Mar 29 The Filmore Silver Spring, MD

Mar 30 PEABODYS Virginia Beach, VA

(Headline Dates w/ Pears)

Mar 31 Drunk Horse Pub @Mickey’s Fayetteville, NC

Apr 01 Loosey’s Gainesville, FL

Apr 02 Local 662 St Petersburg, FL

Apr 03 Respectable Street West Palm Beach, FL

Apr 04 Will’s Pub Orlando, FL

Apr 05 Syndicate Lounge Birmingham, AL

Apr 06 Exit/In Nashville, TN

Apr 07 The Demo St Louis, MO

Apr 08 RECORD BAR Kansas City, MO

Apr 09 Triple Nickle Colorado Springs, CO

Apr 10 Aggie Theater Fort Collins, CO

European Dates

Apr 24 Club Vaudeville Lindau, Germany

Apr 25 Loudfest at Komplex Zurich, Switzerland

Apr 26 Honky Tonky Milan, Italy

Apr 27 Warmaudio Lyon, France

Apr 28 Batofar Paris, France

Apr 29 Ekko Wieldrecht, Netherlands

Apr 30 Uncle M Festival 2015 Munster, Germany

May 01 Tube Düsseldorf, Germany

May 02 Groezrock Meerhout, Belgium

May 03 Iduna Drachten, Netherlands

May 04 Lux Hannover, Germany

May 05 Beta Copenhagen, Denmark

May 06 Pirate Satellite Festival Hamburg, Germany

May 07 Pirate Satellite Festival Berlin, Germany

May 08 Pirate Satellite Festival Wiesbaden, Germany

May 09 Pirate Satellite Festival Stuttgart, Germany

May 10 Pirate Satellite Festival Munich, Germany

May 15 Pouzza Fest 2015 Montreal, Canada

(New Headline Dates w/ The Copyrights)

May 29 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock

May 30 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

May 31 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar

Jun 2 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill

Jun 3 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globas

Jun 4 Orangevale, CA – Ace of Spades

Jun 5 Portland, OR – Analog Cafe

Jun 6 Seattle, WA – El Corazon

Jun 7 Vancouver, WA – Venue

Jun 9. Edmonton, AB – The Pawn Shop

Jun 10 Calgary, AN – Ship and Anchor

Jun 11 Regina, SK – McNallys Tavern

Jun 12 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s Cantina

Jun 13 Winnipeg, MB – The WIndsor Hotel

Jun 15 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club

Jun 16 Milwaukee, WI

Jun 17 Oklahoma, OK – The Conservatory

Jun 19 Dallas, TX – Three Links

Jun 20 Austin, TX – Red Seven (Inside)

Jun 21 Corpus Christi, TX – House Of Rock

Tales From Wyoming will be available Tuesday, March 31st via Rise Records. It was recorded by Bill Stevenson (Rise Against, Descendants, Alkaline Trio, Hot Water Music) and can be pre-ordered online now via MerchNow and iTunes. More information on Tales From Wyoming is available online along with all of the latest news and tour updates from the band at:

Website: http://www.teenagebottlerocket.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/teenagebottlerocketofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/teenbottlerock

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Offspring announce new album, single

Rock veterans The Offspring have officially announced the release date for the band’s upcoming new album.  “Days Go By” is set for release June 26th on Columbia Records.  It was produced by Bob Rock (Metallica).  The album’s title track is playing at radio stations nationwide now.  When he was asked about the new album, singer/guitarist Dexter Holland said of “Days Go By”, “I don’t know why but I felt sort of serious writing this record and when I finished I felt I needed to have a few playful songs too.  Kind of both sides of the Offspring.  Either way I think these songs are all going to be a lot of fun to play live.”

The band is already slated to perform at this year’s annual KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta May 5 alongside Coldplay, Incubus, Silversun Pickups and Pennywise.  It will also perform its 1993 debut album, “Ignition” from start to finish at Alex’s Bar May 3rd in Long Beach, California.  Following this pair of performances, the band will embark on a world tour in support of its new album.  Fans can keep up with the band’s tour dates online at http://www.offspring.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Offspring, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/offspring.