The Offspring – Days Go By (Single)

It’s been quite some time since I’ve heard new stuff from The Offspring. However, the band uploaded a trailer video for their upcoming ninth studio album Days Go By just a few days ago.

And just hours ago, Days Go By‘s first single — of the same name as the album’s title — was unleashed online via Soundcloud.

Days Go By, the album’s first single, has the “radio rock” vibe and energy that allows the album to be promoted easily on American radios. The lyrics deal with contemplating the past and present while moving on with life regardless of the memories one holds. However, the guitars and structure of the song sound strikingly similar to Foo Fighters’ Times Like These [MV], which might be unsettling for Offspring fans and make them wonder about the direction the band will go.

“All your rage and all your hurt,
Doesn’t matter in the end.
Those days go by,
And we all start again.
What you had and what you lost,
They are memories in the wind.
Those days go by,
And we all start again.”

To be honest, it’s hard for bands to deal with the same stuff. They end up changing styles and direction — for example, Green Day changed with American Idiot. The Offspring has changed over the course of time, as they started as a hardcore punk band and nowadays they tackle genres such as alternative rock, ska punk, skate punk and even pop punk. Not to mention they have a knack for pulling comedy stuff in their songs and music videos.

It’s hard to judge the direction of Days Go By with only one song. I guess I’ll have to wait for the album to be released on June 26th to give it a listen and see how it fares. The album is produced by Bob Rock, who previously worked with The Offspring on 2008’s Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace.

Rodrigo

YAM Magazine contributor, has a B. Sc. degree in Science/Pharmacy and is a very lazy person.

4 Responses

  1. amy says:

    That’s the thing about hardcore punk, though, isn’t it? It’s not cute nor cool to be over 30 years old and still be solely a hardcore punk band… people eventually, especially if they hit it big more than once, have to grow up, mature, and talk about other things…

    Particularly, for me, I think Greenday changed at the right time- American Idiot was a fresh change… a timely one. I didn’t particularly liked the 21st Century Breakdown album too much, but American Idiot was a good one. I think The Offspring might have changed too late… but we’ll see.

    • Rodrigo says:

      @amy, Green Day is supposed to do a new album this year. After two rock opera albums that had the same concept in storytelling and subject, where could they go? Oh wait, they’re launching a trilogy of albums between this year and next.

      As for Offspring, they did changed over the years in sound and subjects and doing the comedy gimmick. I also think that the new album could be a bait-and-switch like with Van Halen this year and work the same genres they’ve been doing since Smash. By any means, I don’t expect their new album to be on the same level as Smash or Americana – Offspring can be great, but also hit and miss.

      • amy says:

        @Rodrigo, that’s true. Of course, Green Day could shake it up like Foo did recording old school… but then, they wouldn’t be shaking things up, right? LOL I don’t mind the trilogy of albums idea as long as the sound and concept of the album works. Sadly, 21st Century did sound like a re-hash washed up version of American Idiot.

        On the topic of Offspring, I really haven’t followed them around, but Americana was a pretty good album. In their defense, though, most bands/groups/solo artists are hit or miss… very few have a clean slate ;P

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