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The Offspring
Summer Nationals


3.5
great

Review

by Jeremy P USER (160 Reviews)
August 25th, 2014 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist


Bad Religion, The Offspring and Pennywise are three bands who all rose to stardom during the 90s punk scene, gaining popularity roughly around the same time (even though the former existed for a decade longer and was, without a doubt, a major influence on the latter two). The idea of a co-headlining tour between the three of them as part as Epitaph Records’ annual Summer Nationals series of concerts almost feels like an all-star lineup of 90s punk, given the reach and overlap of all of their fanbases. To commemorate playing shows with their contemporaries, The Offspring paid tribute to their fellow tourmates by recording a three song EP consisting of nothing but cover songs originally done by the bands that they took the stage together with over these past weeks.

While they are mostly straightforward renditions, that is perhaps its greatest strength; after all, the whole concept of Summer Nationals is the novelty of hearing The Offspring cover songs by Bad Religion and Pennywise. Even though they’re not reinventing the wheel, they’re blitzing through classic one-minute tracks from some of the punk genre’s greatest albums – “Do What You Want” off of 1988’s Suffer and the title track off of 1989’s No Control – rockin’ riffs and frenetic drumming intact, with the charismatic vocals of Greg Graffin substituted with those of the equally iconic Dexter Holland. While their take on “No Reason Why” from Pennywise’s eponymous debut does fall a bit short of expectations (mainly due the overpolished guitar tone in comparison to the original), the Summer Nationals EP is definitely one to check out for fans of any, if not all, of the three bands currently touring together. If only The Offspring could bring this brand of energy to their original work…



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VaxXi
August 25th 2014


4418 Comments


Didn't really feel Dex's vocals on this EP, kinda lacking the energy and drive he used to have. But eh, guess thats what happens when you grow old :/

Jots
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2014


7357 Comments


Nice quick review man, pos

BMDrummer
August 25th 2014


14693 Comments


nice review

Froot
August 25th 2014


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never heard any Offspring before (except for HEY HEY HEY, COME ON DOWN FOR SOME CA-RRAAAAZY TAXI), but I do love me some Bad Religion, and this is pretty cool.



Where should I start if I wanted to get into these guys?

VaxXi
August 25th 2014


4418 Comments


Start with their album Americana

If youre looking for more hard hitting stuff, go to Ignition , Smash and Self Titled

If youre looking for more smoother or direct stuff go to Ixnay (Crazy Taxi songs!) or Conspiracy of One. The rest of their
stuff is up to your own device since they kinda separated form the main Offspring sound.

Personally i'd listen to Ixnay On The Hombre though, easily their best album.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 25th 2014


15217 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no mention of smash vaxxi smh

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 25th 2014


15217 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nice edit still smh

VaxXi
August 25th 2014


4418 Comments


im sorry ;-;

danielcardoso
August 25th 2014


11770 Comments


Nice review. I never really got into Offspring, however.

Tyler.
August 25th 2014


18381 Comments


You're a good writer

RivalSkoomaDealer
August 25th 2014


1634 Comments


fuck this band, though

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