THE OFFSPRING has unveiled the video for its new single “Behind Your Walls”. The eerily beautiful animated short depicts a couple trying to navigate a desolate post-apocalyptic landscape riddled with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Director and animator Jeb Hardwick worked closely with lead singer and songwriter Bryan “Dexter” Holland to create a visual accompaniment to the song’s lyrics.
“The song evoked a sense of a couple trying to connect through emotional barriers that had been building over time,” explains Hardwick. “I wanted to take that prompt and turn it into a dark fairytale, a sort of dystopian take on the classical storytelling structure of writers like the Brothers Grimm. I wanted the video to have an ambiguous dreamlike aesthetic to it, so I was keen to take away some of the sharpness and crispness usually associated with CGI and give a sense of it being somewhere between a moving painting and a 1920s German Expressionist film.”
guitar player Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman offers further insight: “‘Behind Your Walls’ is about trying to reach somebody who is feeling isolated, alone, or depressed. How do you reach out and get through the emotional chasm that exists? Sometimes it feels impossible to grab a hold of that person and pull them back to ‘safety,’ emotionally and mentally. The song is about that struggle.”
THE OFFSPRING is currently on tour in support of its most recent album, “Let The Bad Times Roll”. Stops along the US portion of the tour include Baltimore, Atlanta, New York City, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee. The band has also confirmed appearances at summer festivals throughout Europe, Japan, and Brazil.
Frequently regarded as one of the best rock bands of all time, THE OFFSPRING have garnered a reputation for their unmistakable sound and social comment. The multi-platinum band first achieved worldwide success in the 1990s with the release of their album “Smash”, which sold over 11 million copies. Following “Smash”they continued to release hit after hit, popularizing rock at a mainstream level.
Throughout THE OFFSPRING‘s career, they’ve sold over a staggering 40 million albums, and toured arenas, and built a global fan base. “Let The Bad Times Roll” marks the band’s tenth studio album and third album produced by the legendary Bob Rock. True to the irreverence at the core of their rock music, the band and lyricist Dexter Holland took a view to today’s cultural moments and didn’t shy away from creating topical material in this album.
“This album is probably the most cathartic thing we’ve done,” says holland. “The messages might be dark, but at the end, what’s left is that communication is important, working through feelings is important and most of all, hope is important.”
“Let The Bad Times Roll” has been a huge global success, hitting career-high chart debuts with seven top 5 and ten top 10 international debuts and nine top ten debuts in the US The album peaked at No. 3 on the UK chart and hit No. 1 on the Alternative Albums chart in the US
Originally formed under the name MANIC SUBSIDAL, THE OFFSPRING‘s lineup consists of holland, Wasserman and bassist Todd Morse. THE OFFSPRING is often credited — alongside fellow California bands GREEN DAY and RANCID — for reviving mainstream interest in rock in the 1990s.