The Offspring: “We wanted to go back to basics: heavy guitars, bass and drums – and a melodic song underneath all that”

The Offspring
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Originally formed as Manic Subsidal in 1984, The Offspring have become one of the biggest-selling bands in punk-rock history. So, naturally, if any of us were thinking about starting a punk group today, they’d be in a good position to offer up some pearls of wisdom on the matter...

“My first tip would be don’t play the drums,” laughs singer/guitarist Dexter Holland. “You don’t want to be the drummer – it’s the most thankless job. You gotta haul all that gear around. Your buddies will say they will help you break down the kit but they won’t... They will pack their guitars away and leave.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).