It’s been a few years since The Offspring‘s golden “You’re Gonna Go Far Kid” era, and it’s been even longer since their “Pretty Fly For A White Guy” days. Their newest single “Coming For You” certainly makes long-time fans remember that the band still wants to rock our faces off while introducing themselves to a younger, wide-eyed audience. It’s always interesting to watch what bands with long carries do to keep up with the ever changing modern music scene, but The Offspring ultimately chooses to stay true to themselves, making the single so much more awesome.
If you can imagine Seether‘s “Fake It” blending with Harvey Danger‘s “Flagpole Sitta” while still keeping their Offspring flair, then you’ve got “Coming For You.” It’s a rowdy track filled with an abundance of hand clap moments, perfectly timed ‘hey’s, and moments that hint at the rockstar mentality any artist who’s been in this business as long as they have should embody. Energetic guitars and drums with rumbling bass weaved throughout the song bring the lyrics to life and an anthem-like quality to each line.
The lyrics toy with the idea of how people think you of you as a washed up artist only inspire you to prove yourself of more. Lines like “we’re not bored, we’re just sick of you” and “yesterday’s dreams are dead and gone” show the listener that dreams can stay the same throughout life but, can alter to be slightly more practical. While they chase after the same dream, they continue to take every opportunity in a way they haven’t thought of yet. Its chorus consisting of “break down, take down, now it’s on/sold out, blow out, don’t get caught/well, no! hell, no! what you gonna do/when they keep coming for you” ultimately harbors that ever present idea of what else are you going to do when you feel like you’ve accomplished all that you wanted out of life.
“Coming For You” is extremely radio friendly, yet easily recognizable as The Offspring’s song. It’s the perfect rock track for that gritty dive bar, on the drive back from work, and for those times when you just want to head bang in the comfort of your own home. They’ve got a subtle strategy going on where they put out hit after hit and then take a breather. “Coming For You” is the ultimate representation of that strategy, and it’s working.
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