According to DyingScene.com, a fan asked The Offspring guitarist Noodles on Twitter about the current status of their forever-anticipated new album, which he hoped will be done by the end of this month. He simply wrote, "We're working on it. We are trying to get the record done by the end of Jan. On lock-down now. You'll B 1st 2 know."
The Offspring began recording their follow-up to 2008's "Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace" last October with producer Bob Rock, who produced the aforementioned album. A month later, they revealed five working songtitles that will likely appear on the record, entitled "Anti War", "Anti Police", "Anti Religion", "Death" and "My Girlfriend Is A B-tch". The album, which is expected to be released this spring/summer, will also mark their first-ever release with Pete Parada, who has been The Offspring's drummer since 2007.
In order to promote their new record, The Offspring will be playing this year's edition of the German festivals Rock Am Park and Rock Am Ring festivals and have a European tour in the works. Prior to that, they will headline the PunkSpring Festival in Japan, on March 31, 2012 in Tokyo and on April 1, 2012, in Osaka, with Sum 41, New Found Glory, Suicidal Tendencies and All Time Low.
Last November, an Offspring fansite unearthed one of the band's earliest demo tapes, which is available for downloading on that website. It is a 6-song demo tape that they recorded in July 1986, and it features Dexter Holland on vocals, Noodles on guitar, Greg K on bass and James Lilja on drums. The demo tape contains earlier versions of "Blackball" and "I'll Be Waiting" (formerly known as "Fire And Ice"), which would be re-recorded three years later for their debut album. Also included are "Tonight I Do", "Call It Religion", "Halloween" and a cover of the Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz", but none of them have been recorded for a future Offspring album.