When I read about this on the internet a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t quite believe it. The Offspring would be debuting a new single on the 31st January. So, naturally, when this glorious day came, I ended up scouring Youtube for it.
After all, this is where new Offspring songs usually appear first – I have fond memories of watching grainy concert footage of “Hammerhead” and “Half-Truism” in 2008 on Youtube and of watching the eventually-unreleased alternate live version of “Days Gone By” (called “You Will Find A Way”) on Youtube in 2009.
I remember the sheer nostalgic joy of seeing the first live concert footage of “The Future Is Now” on Youtube in early 2012 and I remember laughing my ass off when “Cruisin’ California (Bumpin’ In My Trunk)” was released on Youtube a few months later.
Ususually, this has the slightly underground feeling of listening to a bootleg CD. But, obviously The Offspring know that their fans tend to do this, so they actually put a high quality version of their new single – “Coming For You” – on both their website and obviously on Youtube too .
[Edit: The video no longer seems to be unlisted on Youtube, so I’ve linked to it – it can still also currently be seen as an embedded video on their site too. Plus, since I posted the original version of this review a couple of hours ago, they’ve also now started selling “Coming For You” as a digital download too. Unfortunately, this seems to be the only commercial release of this song, so if you’re like me and you prefer buying music on CD, then you’re probably best waiting for their next album.]
But, is “Coming For You” any good?
One of the surprising things about this song is how much the intro to it reminded me of “Conspiracy Of One”-era Offspring, it’s a slow drum-heavy and bass-heavy intro that sounds a little bit like a heavier version of the intro to “Special Delivery” from that album. Dexter’s vocals near the beginning are also slightly slower than usual too, which is slightly rare for an Offspring song.
The chorus to the song is fairly “bouncy”, “jagged” and “catchy” – this is about the best way I can describe it. It rhymes, but it sounds a bit different to what you might expect after listening to the beginning of the song.
Plus, the chorus contains the wonderfully bizarre line “a sold-out, blow-out Donkey Kong“. Obviously, Dexter Holland was desperately searching for a rhyme when he wrote this song. The vocal style in the chorus of this song also reminded me of a slightly lighter version of Dexter’s vocal style on the “Splinter” album too.
But, hey, it’s an Offspring song, the lyrics don’t always have to make total sense. What matters most is how the song as a whole sounds and, overall, this is a fairly “classic” Offspring song that also sounds very slightly modern.
Although I would have liked to see more of the return to the Offspring’s early-mid 1990s sound that we got to hear near the end of their “Days Go By” album, this song seems to be more of a return to their early-mid 2000s sound.
All in all “Coming For You” isn’t the best Offspring song that I’ve ever heard, but it’s far from the worst either. The first singles that the Offspring release are rarely indicative of their upcoming albums as a whole – just look at “Cruisin’ California (Bumpin’ In My Trunk)” from their last album for a good example of this.
As I said earlier, it sounds like The Offspring are going back to something very slightly similar to how they sounded when they made “Conspiracy Of One”, or possibly “Splinter” – and this can’t be a bad thing 🙂
If I had to give this song a rating out of five, it would probably just about get a four.