The Offspring Share Video for the Charged “This Is Not Utopia,” from New Album ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’

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Back in mid-April, Orange County punk vets The Offspring returned with Let The Bad Times Roll, their first new album of original material since 2012.

The record kicks off with a bang, the charged energy of “This Is Not Utopia” setting the tone for the rest of the record, some of which was a visceral reaction to the world around us these past few years.

This week, the Offspring debuted a music video for the track, a straightforward performance-based clip (featuring the band wearing gas masks) that lets the song speak for itself:

In a chat with Rock Cellar, front man Dexter Holland commented about the hopeful ending of the song — a track that otherwise urges caution about divisive nature of things. His final line, Now how long must we wait/Until our conquers hate?/And heal these hearts ’cause it starts right here, offers a bit of uplift.

Holland: “If it just goes bitch, bitch, bitch, then after a while that’s not helpful, it’s not useful. So we try to put something at the end like ‘well, we can get through this,’ or expressing that there’s hope, a light at the end of the tunnel, and those songs definitely have that. Divisiveness is the name of the game right now in the U.S., that’s for sure.”

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In typical Offspring fashion, Let The Bad Times Roll also has some fun, palate-cleansing light-hearted songs breaking up the ones that tackle more weighty subjects. Like “We Never Have Sex Anymore,” a tune the band had been kicking around for years before finally pinning it down in the studio.

Its music video stars two chimpanzees and, unexpectedly, John Stamos:

Said Holland to Rock Cellar of the back story of “We Never Have Sex Anymore,” which has actually been in existence in one form or another for years:

Dexter Holland: “That one’s been kicked around for a long time. I just thought it was a funny line, I used to play it on an acoustic guitar when I was in my twenties, just messing around. We were never sure exactly how to put it together as a song, until … well, it kept evolving. I like it in this swing music context, to give it that lighthearted, musical backdrop, or else it would come across as a depressing song. Trying to put a song together like that, with a swing element, frankly was beyond us back then. So I think it just took time to get the song together to where it is now, but yeah that one’s been in R&D for a while.”

By Rock Cellar Magazine Staff

Staff writer from Rock Cellar Magazine