The Offspring members Dexter Holland and Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman were interviewed by 93X about the band’s upcoming tenth studio album, “Let The Bad Times Roll”, which will be released on April 16th via Concord Records, their first album in 9 years.
The band were asked if the “Let The Bad Times Roll” title track is the “most outwardly political song” the band have recorded, Dexter responded, “I don’t consider us a political band, I’ll say that first.
And when you’re talking about ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’, there really is a personal side of this [coronavirus crisis] — there’s a personal cost to people that can’t work or have gotten sick or have lost relatives and all that stuff. So it affects different people in different ways.”
Noodles said, “We try to ask questions. It could be about society, about personal relationships, or it could be about what we see happening in the world. In this case, it’s what we see happening in the world on both the political stage and on the personal stage.
So it’s more kind of an expression of ideas that pose a question. At least that’s what we’re hoping for — rather than try to tell people what to think.”
Dexter added, “When you say the word ‘political,’ that sounds like you’re gonna try to force your opinion about something on someone, and that’s not what we’re trying to do at all. We’re making observations and leaving it up to you to make your own conclusions.”