The Offspring released their ninth studio album Days Go By Tuesday, and to celebrate, the band hosted a party for fans at Chronic Tacos in their hometown of Huntington Beach. The band and management made no effort to make it a private party. The word spread like wildfire and by the time the foursome showed up, a few thousand crammed into the parking lot to take part in the action.
It was rare opportunity for fans to purchase the new CD and have it autographed by the band. Freebies like tee-shirts and Offspring tattoos were tossed into the crowd.
Fans showed up in droves and had to opportunity to buy the new CD and get it signed by the band, and were also treated to tacos, screen printed shirts, and Offspring temporary tattoos. Many surprisingly didn’t’ need these fake tattoos as they had already permanently inked their bodies with the band’s logos.
The evening was capped by a five minute taco eating contest and a one minute exhibition by Kobayashi. In a scant sixty seconds, the world-famous professional eater wolfed down 30 tacos.
The band has recently embraced their home town. They went so far as to write a light-hearted track dedicated to Huntington Beach, California, otherwise known as Surf City USA. The song, “Cruising California Bumpin’ In My Truck,” doesn’t mask the beach town’s beach party atmosphere. Bikinis are plentiful.
In an interview, Holland, the band’s frontman, was more than happy to offer some insight into the fun rap-laden track, “For whatever reason I felt kinda serious writing this record… there was a lot of serious songs and when we got close to the end I felt like I wanted to have a few kinda fun songs on it too because that’s both sides of who we are as a band. That song was really about
where I live. I live in Huntington Beach and I’ve never written a song about what it’s like to go down on an average summer day in my home town.”
Days Go By is now available everywhere. The Offspring will come off their break and return to their U.S. tour starting in July.
Danielle Lehman, KROQ-FM Los Angeles / –Jay Tilles / CBS Local