The Californian pop-punkers are back with a new single and new album for us all to try out. It’s a track with a lot more maturity than what we’re used to from The Offspring, which bodes well for the rest of the record, due out this summer.
Days Go By is the first single to be released from the new album of the same name. It’s their first effort since 2010’s Happy Hour!, a predominantly live and cover-filled record, so this is the first time we’ll have seen anything really original from the band in a long time. It’s their ninth album and the product of three years’ work, so it should be a really good album.
It begins with a signature guitar riff, which continues throughout the song. I actually think this reflects the actual nature of the song, which is about just carrying on with your life after hitting a rough patch. Like the guitar, life goes on. With such a catchy hook, it’s a song that could become really popular and something of a party anthem. Singer Dexter Holland’s vocals have grown and he’s actually lost some of the painful screeching sound, heard on songs such as You’re Gonna Go Far Kid from their 2008 album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace.
The lyrics are really uplifting and it’s a real pick-me-up song. Nothing genius about them but simplicity is sometimes what you need, when you just need someone to tell you that everything is ok. The chorus “All your anger, all your hurt. It doesn’t matter in the end. Those days go by and we start it all again.” will probably fall onto the ears of their current, mainly teenage, fanbase but it’s a message that people of all ages and backgrounds need to hear every once in a while. It recognises that teenage angst exists but it’s not about that. It’s about eradicating it and making kids and anyone who listens to it happy.
The Offspring are a pop-punk band, a genre whose teenage movie type sound shouldn’t mean that it’s not for adults too. Of course, there’s rarely any sophistication in the lyrics but why are the tricks and far-out imagery needed? I guess if you like your music to challenge you, then it’s not for you but I refuse to believe that people don’t just like to be told things straight sometimes.