Nostalgia is something many punk bands have been embracing, especially during the past year or so, as everyone from the Offspring to Taking Back Sunday have reissued their biggest records. But if someone told Strung Out's Jason Cruz his band was veering that direction, that person would likely incur his wrath. "I don't like looking back, and I really don't care too much to listen to old stuff," the singer says as he hangs out at a dog park near his home in Ventura County. "It's like hanging out with an old girlfriend; it's just hard to do."
That said, Cruz and his band mates have spent the better part of the past six years celebrating their ferocious early material, releasing a greatest-hits package and a box set, as well as going out on a couple of album tours under terms even Cruz begrudgingly accepted.
"It made me appreciate where we came from," he says, "and I need that every once in a while."