Prodigal Offspring

Past all the novelty hits, the SoCal quartet returns with its original fierce punk bite.

I realize it's been almost a year since Rage, but what was it like working with producer Bob Rock?

It was great, great. I can't say enough good things about Bob. Just a super-cool guy. He pushed us but did it in a way that was really helpful. If he said something wasn't working, we'd take a look at it and usually come up with something better here and there. We took up a lot of his time, and he never wavered. He was into it for the whole ride.

Metallica, the Cult, Aerosmith, 311 – the guy's got an incredible history. Will you be working with him on the next record as well?

Still gotta keep 'em separated.
Still gotta keep 'em separated.

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We're hoping to, yeah. If we can get our schedules worked out in any way possible, yeah, we'd love to work with him again.

It's still too early to get a title or a time frame, right?

A little. We're planning on having a new record out in 2010. And we'll probably be in the studio in January.

This is probably really a question for Dexter, but before we go, I've gotta ask: What's with all the "whoa"s?

I don't know; it adds a little dynamic to the song. I never really thought of it. If the song calls for it, we'll throw it in. But not every song has a "whoa." We don't always think about how a song's gonna go over with the audience; you know, it's usually a little more organic. But I'm so glad we have those "whoa"s because whenever we play live, that's what the audience gravitates towards. And anywhere in the world. It doesn't matter if you're in the U.S., Japan, or South America.

I didn't think of that. They transcend the language barrier. Kind of like rock 'n' roll itself, right?

Exactly!

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