The Offspring + 311 Take on Each Other’s Music With Covers of ‘Down’ + ‘Self Esteem’
What in the name of Freaky Friday is going on here? The Offspring and 311 will hit the road together next week, and ahead of their summer adventure, they're covering each other's music. Ever wonder what 311's bouncy, reggae-tinged approach might bring to the all-out Offspring rocker "Self Esteem" ... or wonder what might a punked up version of 311's "Down" might sound like as delivered by The Offspring? You're about to find out. Both songs are featured in the Spotify players below.
311's Nick Hexum says, "'Self Esteem' is my favorite Offspring song. It's a great melody, and the lyrics really tell a story. I like when a singer is vulnerable and doesn't try to act all cool. We've all been in relationships we know we shouldn't be in, so most people can relate. Our first version was more reggae, but we realized that it needed to rock-like the original. We revved it up to be rocking riffs with reggae rhythms. I guess we '311-ized' it. It was a lot of fun. SA kicked ass on this one. The vocal requires a lot of range and he really belted it out. We had to work hard to live up to Offspring's killer cover of 'Down'! I love the way they reimagined it. It kicks ass! I'm glad they really took liberties instead of being faithful to the original roadmap. I love the punk parts and hearing Dexter do SA's raps. Nice job dudes!"
The Offspring's guitarist Noodles adds, "We've always been big fans of the song 'Down.' Parts of the song sound really heavy and almost dark, but it also has a very uplifting message. We knew we'd never be able to groove it the way 311 do so we tried to punk it up a little. We tried to do a Ramones-like version to serve as a companion piece to the Clash-iness of theirs. I don't know if we did it justice but it sure was fun to play and sing."
Of 311's "Self Esteem" cover, Noodles states, "Wow! Way cool. The guitars sound great and that bass is certainly in your face. I think what ultimately makes this version great is the way Nick and SA split the vocals and play off of each other. SA taking the high parts while Nick slides in effortlessly beneath him is a perfect example of how harmonies are supposed to work. Nailed it!"
If you like what you hear, you pick up 311's cover of "Self Esteem" here or The Offspring's version of "Down" here.
The "Never-Ending Summer" trek starts July 25 in Mountain View, Calif. See all the dates listed below and be sure to come out early to catch support band Gym Class Heroes.
The Offspring Cover 311's "Down"
311 Cover The Offspring's "Self Esteem"
The Offspring / 311 / Gym Class Heroes "Never-Ending Summer" Tour Dates:
July 25 - Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 27 - Salt Lake City, Calif. @ USANA Amphitheatre
July 28 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
July 29 - Chula Vista, Calif. @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
July 31 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug. 2 - Oklahoma City, Okla. @ The Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug. 4 - Austin, Texas @ Austin360 Amphitheater
Aug. 5 - The Woodlands, Texas @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
Aug. 7 - Jacksonville, Fla. @ Daily's Place
Aug. 8 - Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 10 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
Aug. 11 - Gilford, N.H. @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug. 12 - Syracuse, N.Y. @ Lakeview Amphitheater
Aug. 14 - Sterling Heights, Mich. @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Aug. 15 - Springfield, Ill. @ Illinois State Fair
Aug. 21 - Hartford, Ct. @ XFINITY Theatre
Aug. 22 - Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 24 - Bethel, N.Y. @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug. 25 - Wantagh, N.Y. @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 26 - Bristow, Va. @ Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 28 - Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage
Aug. 29 - Allentown, Pa. @ The Great Allentown Fair
Aug. 31 - St. Paul, Minn. @ Minnesota State Fair
Sept. 1 - Sioux City, Iowa @ Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City
Sept. 3 - St. Louis, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino, Amphitheatre
Sept. 4 - Huber Heights, Ohio @ Rose Music Center at The Heights
Sept. 6 - Chicago, Ill. @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sept. 8 - Thackerville, Okla. @ Winstar Casino
Sept. 9 - Wichita, Kan. @ INTRUST Bank Arena
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