The Offspring boast new record, headline Kerfuffle fest

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

Fans who follow the Offspring on social media probably got a chuckle from a few posts by the band late last month.

The guys threw back a few drinks after opening up their current tour in Rockford, Ill., resulting in declarations pertaining to the evils of tequila.

"I'm still tasting tequila today," laughed Offspring guitarist Noodles, speaking the next afternoon from Detroit. "We enjoy what we do."

The Offspring headline DC101's Kerfuffle on Saturday at Jiffy Lube Live.

Onstage
DC101 Kerfuffle
Where: Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow
When: Gates open at 3 p.m. Saturday
Info: With the Offspring, Garbage, Sublime With Rome and more; $32 to $62; 800-745-3000; dc101.com

Though three of the original members of the Offspring are now in their mid-to-late '40s, they have demonstrated that they still know how to party. However, their most recent album, "Days Go By," shows more contemplation.

"There was no design about what this record should be about when we went in to make it," said Noodles, real name Kevin Wasserman. "We just wanted to do some songs. Some of the songs are inspired by what we see happening around the world and in our lives."

Other tracks such as "Dividing By Zero" and "Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell" hearken back to early Offspring.

Noodles spoke of a certain maturity.

"I think we've grown a little bit," he said. "It's more difficult to please ourselves as musicians and songwriters when we're creating a record. We want to expand on what we've done in the past and try new things and try to make things a little bit better."

Not that the Offspring don't have their fun on "Days Go By." The reggae-tinged "OC Guns" brings to mind "Why Don't You Get a Job?" and the Katy Perry-sprinkled "Cruising California (Bumpin' in My Trunk)" is as much fun as "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)."

"Somebody dared [singer and main songwriter] Dexter Holland to write a pop song, so he pulled out all the stops," Noodles said in describing "Cruising California." "I think you'll find all kinds of elements you'll find in pop music. It's a little bit tongue-in-cheek, some of the stuff we've thrown in there, but at the same time, we tried to make it sound like the band."

Founded in the mid-'80s, the Offspring broke out in a big way with the 1994 album "Smash" that spawned the hits "Come Out and Play" and "Self Esteem." "All I Want" and "The Kids Aren't Alright" are just two more songs that have kept the band a staple on rock radio.

"It's what we love to do," Noodles said, who worked as a janitor at an elementary school when the band broke. "For 10 years we did it as a hobby. We never expected it to become what we did for a living, really. We thought we'll have fun doing this for a few years, then we'll all grow old and get comfortable in our regular jobs."

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