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DETROIT (Billboard) - The Offspring will play one new, as-yet-untitled song during its upcoming summer tour with 311 as the punk band takes its time recording the follow-up to its 2008 release "Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace."
"It's been going slow," guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman tells Billboard.com.
"We started recording awhile ago. We've only got the one song that's close to being done and ... five or six songs that I'd say are close. We want to get this record out as soon as possible, so we work at it, but at the same time you don't want to put out something that's not great. So we spend plenty of time trying to get it right, and ... maybe our senses are a little more fine-tuned, so we tend to nitpick."
Noodles said frontman Bryan "Dexter" Holland has traveled to Hawaii to work on songs with former Metallica producer Bob Rock, who also helmed "Rise and Fall...," while the group has also worked on material at Holland's studio near the Offspring's home base of Huntington Beach, Calif.
"Until we get it done you never know, but all these songs so far sound like Offspring songs to me," he says. "Some are a little bit more fast and furious, and then some are a little more mellow. The new one is pretty much a straightforward rock song; I guess it would be similar to 'The Kids Aren't Alright' or 'You're Gonna Go Far, Kid.'"
Noodles expects the Offspring to get back to work in earnest on the album at the end of the Unity Tour with 311, which starts Wednesday in Vancouver and wraps with a pair of Summer Sonic festival dates in Japan.