This past weekend When we were young las vegas festival, THE GENERATION singer Brian “Dexter” Holland and guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman spoke to Rock Sound about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s 2021 follow-up. “Let The Bad Times Roll” album. Dexter said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We continue. I feel optimistic that we will have something in the middle of next year.”
Explaining where THE GENERATION is currently in terms of creating the next LP, Dexter said: “It’s a bit more disorganized for us now. It’s not like we go in with 10 songs and build them in parallel. It’s like we work on this one and then that one. So we’d rather have half an album almost done than a whole album half done.”
Asked if they learned anything by doing “Let The Bad Times Roll” on whom they wanted to “lean more” this time, noodles said: “What we’ve learned is that when we can’t go out and play live, we really miss it. And we learned to make the most of our time in the studio and just have fun. It was a really, really creative time for us, actually. Right at the end of making “Let The Bad Times Roll”, the ideas just kept coming, and from then on we just had a good time in the studio — and on the road, too. It’s so good to be playing live music again.”
THE GENERATION working with the producer again Bob Rock (MÖTLEY CRÜE, METALLICA), who previously led three THE GENERATION LP, incl “Let The Bad Times Roll”.
Last month, noodles said “The Jesea Lee Show” that he and his bandmates had “six or seven songs” for THE OFFSPRING’s next LP “”ready to go” — I think even mixed,” he said. “And we just want to get another five or six, four or five out. We want to have at least 10 songs, I think, for the record, and then we’ll be done. And I think next year we’ll have something.”
When asked if the new OFFspring the material follows the spirit of the “old school” or if it represents a “new era of OFFspring“, noodles said, “It’s a bit of both—all of it. The last song we did definitely sounds like the old school – it kind of sounds like Come Out Swinging. Definitely some old school stuff and then some rocking stuff and then also some pop punk stuff for sure.”
In August, Dexter told The Orange County Register about the progress of the writing and recording sessions of THE GENERATIONThe next LP of: “Let’s go. We decided to do it. Let’s get on with it now. Because we’re between tours all the time. We don’t actually block out eight weeks. for about a week or 10 days and we tend to focus on one song at a time. So we did another song and that makes six, not quite done but most are done. So we have four more songs left (from the album). I think we’ll release something early next year.”
As for the overall musical and lyrical direction of the new THE GENERATION material, Dexter said, “Sometimes you just start writing songs and you don’t realize how an album is coming together until it’s almost there. Like “Americana”. “Americana” was one of the last songs I wrote because until then I didn’t realize all the other songs like “Why don’t you get a job?” and ‘Beautiful Fly’, they described American society. I didn’t really realize it was the album until I was almost done and I thought well, I’ll call it “Americana” because it’s like “Americana” means American culture. This was my take on what I thought American culture was doing in the late 90s. We’re still in that phase with the songs, but we’ve always liked the energy of punk music and the rebellion. What I’m focusing on right now is just melody. I want the songs to be really good.”
“Let The Bad Times Roll” has been a huge global success, achieving career-high chart debuts with seven Top 5 and ten Top 10 international debuts and nine Top 10 debuts in the US The album reached number 3 in the UK chart and hit number 1 on the Alternative Albums Chart in USA
THE GENERATION first achieved worldwide success in the 1990s with the release of their album “Smashing”, which sold over 11 million copies. Following “Smashing”they continued to release hit after hit, popularizing rock on a mainstream level.
Everywhere THE GENERATIONIn their career, they have sold over a staggering 40 million albums, toured arenas and built a global fan base. “Let The Bad Times Roll” marks the band’s tenth studio album and third album produced by Rock.
Originally formed under the name MANIAN SUBSIDAL, THE GENERATIONThe composition of consists of The Netherlands, Wasserman and a bassist Todd Morse.