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Mark Hoppus says next Blink-182 album will be “a little more experimental”

Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba were recently interviewed by NME, where they talked about their next album and hope to begin writing early next year. On the album’s musical direction, Hoppus stated:

“I think this album took Blink back to its roots and what it’s all about, and I think on the next record, we want to push that boundary again. We’ll keep the core of Blink 182 but we’ll get a little more experimental. Kind of like what we did on the untitled record, which we’re all really proud of. It still sounded like Blink and had that Blink feeling, but it was different and a little more thought out.”

Blink-182 just released a deluxe edition of their latest album California. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the band’s next record come to light.

Blink-182 release alternative version of recent video “Home Is Such A Lovely Place”

Blink 182 released a video last month for “Home is Such a Lonely Place”, from the deluxe version of their most recent album, “California”. The track has now been given an alternative, Matt Skiba-only video.

You can watch it below.

Blink 182 premiere video for “Home is Such a Lonely Place”

Blink 182 have a new video for “Home is Such a Lonely Place.” The song is off the deluxe version of their most recent album, “California.”

Check your feels and check out the video below.

Blink-182 stream new song “Last Train Home”

Blink-182 have premiered the last of 11 bonus tracks from the deluxe edition of their album California. The song’s called “Last Train Home”, and you can give it a listen below.

The deluxe edition of California released today, May 19th. Head over here to grab a copy.

New Music: Blink-182 – “Wildfire”

blink-182-bored-to-death-videoBlink-182 are streaming another song from the upcoming deluxe edition of their latest album California. This time, it’s “Wildfire” and you can give it a listen below.

The California deluxe edition drops next Friday (May 19th), and you can preorder it here.

Blink 182 & Linkin Park announce co-headline dates, then….go on a date?

Blinkin Park (Blink 182 + Linkin Park…wtf?) have announced a couple of co-headlining dates with some special guests. Tickets go on sale May 12th, you can get them here.

July 28th: Flushing, NY @ Citi Field
with: WU TANG CLAN and Machine Gun Kelly

July 30: Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park
with: Machine Gun Kelly

Also, the two bands went on a date…? You can check that out here. Good luck, kids.

Blink-182 unveil new track “6-8” with lyric video

blink-182-bored-to-death-videoThe boys are back at it again. This time, they bring us “6-8” which is one of the eleven new tracks added to the deluxe edition of California. They’ve also brought us another lyric video (I’m sensing a trend here) and it is one that they could hang on the fridge proudly. If you could hang videos on fridges in the first place. Someday.

The California deluxe edition drops on May 19th, and you can preorder it here. I never took Blink for arts n’ crafts enthusiasts, but the video is pretty sweet all the same. Check it out below.

Blink 182 release new mini-track “Can’t Get You More Pregnant” for download

Ever the clever ones, SoCal punkateers Blink-182 have released a new track for download, the aptly titled “Can’t Get You More Pregnant.” It promises to be the feel-good hit of the summer, and while Blink might not be doctors (who decides that, anyways?) they continue to be a lot of fun. They are also releasing a deluxe edition of their last album, California, containing 11 new tracks.

You can download the track here, and check out their new lyric video below.

Blink 182 stream new track “Misery”

Blink 182 are streaming a new track entitled “Misery”. The song is set to appear on a deluxe edition of California to be released May 19th, 2017. The new version of last year’s release will feature eleven new tunes and an acoustic rendition of “Bored To Death”.

You can listen to “Misery” below while you wait for the full record to drop next month.

Blink-182 stream new song “Parking Lot”

blink-182-bored-to-death-videoBlink-182 have premiered a new song from the upcoming deluxe edition of their latest album California. The track’s called “Parking Lot” and it’s one of 11 new songs the band recorded for the release which is due out on May 19th.

Give “Parking Lot” a listen below, and pre-order the deluxe edition of California here.

Tom DeLonge (former Blink 182) to release non-fiction book on UFOs

Ever since the Enema of the State days, it was clear that Blink 182‘s Tom DeLonge loved the idea of aliens. Since leaving his former band in 2015, he’s clearly had a lot more time to concentrate on his passion. His UFO research has been compiled into a book called Sekret Machines: Gods. Authored by DeLonge himself, the release is due for March, 7th, 2017 and contains interviews with scientists, intelligence officials and military personnel.



The Front Bottoms announced as support act for Blink 182 UK tour

The Front Bottoms have been announced as a support act on Blink 182‘s upcoming UK tour with Frank Turner. Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

The band’s latest album Back on Top was released in 2015 through Fueled By Ramen Records.

Blink-182 announce tour with The Naked and Famous and Wavves

blink-182-bored-to-death-videoBlink-182 have announced a new tour of the US to continue the support for their latest album, “California.” You can find tour dates and locations below.

Blink-182 will be joined by The Naked and Famous and Wavves throughout the tour, with The Naked and Famous supporting from March 22nd to the end of the tour, and Wavves supporting from April 21st on to the end.

Travis Barker teases new music from Goldfinger, Blink 182 and Transplants

Travis Barker recently appeared on KROQ’s Kevin & Bean Show to talk about this year’s edition of his annual music and tattoo festival Musink. During the interview, Barker mentions he and John Feldmann recently began recording a new Goldfinger album, Blink 182 have recorded 13 new songs for a deluxe edition of California, and a Transplants covers album is on the way.

Check out the full interview below, and stay tuned for more info on these releases.

Album Review: Blink 182 – “California”

“There must be fifty thousand people here,” I think to myself. I turn to my buddy and ask him how many people he thinks are here. He surveys the crowd and says, “I’d say fifty thousand.” No wonder so many kids want to grow up to be rock stars.

And then the band comes out. Fireworks explode, everybody cheers. The new guy plays the opening riff and sings the opening vocals to “Feeling This.” The letters “F-U-C-K” are aflame on the backdrop, and drummer Travis’s shirt reads “Thank God for Punk Rock.” Blink 182 is back.

Sort of. After a five-year wait and with one-third of its original lineup, Blink 182 released California this summer to solid reviews by objective music critics, and mixed reviews from emotional long-time fans having difficulty dealing with the departure of founding member Tom DeLonge.

Scott left – or was kicked out – in 1998, and Tom was officially ousted a year ago. It is fitting, then, that California’s onset features last-man-standing Mark Hoppus alone on bass and voice – “There’s a cynical feeling saying I should give up” – before the full band joins in and takes off at ludicrous speed, marking Blink 182’s fastest song since 2001. Should Mark have given up? Was it fair of  Tom, the primary reason the band had released only one album in thirteen years, to hold Mark and Travis hostage? Should Mark and Travis have dissolved the band?

“Cynical” clocks out at a little under two minutes, and it doesn’t take long for the new guy to make his presence known. Matt Skiba didn’t quit Alkaline Trio; he’s going to be in both, which will probably cause problems for at least one of the bands’ fan bases down the road, but for now it seems to be going well. Skiba belts out some solid “whoas” to back up Hoppus’ vocals before taking over lead for the final refrain.

“Bored to Death” follows, the album’s first single and the band’s first chart topper in twelve years. “Bored to Death” is an interesting song and it could be a punk song depending on the context of the band performing. It’s not a fast song, but the energy is certainly there. And besides, punk bands for decades have recorded one or two slightly atypical songs per album that often get turned into the lead radio single.

Which leads us to this age-old argument: is Blink 182 punk? Who cares! you protest. Does it matter!? Well, if I was writing for Rolling Stone, then, no, the question would be irrelevant. But Dying Scene is dedicated to punk rock and its subgenres. Given Travis’s t-shirt, the line “Thank God for punk rock bands” in California’s “Kings of the Weekend” – a solid pop punk song very much in the Takeoff vain in which Matt’s voice shines during the second verse – and the fact that “is Blink 182 punk?” was such a hot topic of my formative years, I’m going to memoir on you for a bit.

Already a fan of Dude Ranch, it was love at first sight the instant “What’s My Age Again” debuted on the local listener-supported radio station that had been playing Blink 182 since M+Ms. Roughly sixty of my closest friends bought Enema of the State the week it came out, and glowing reviews abounded, singling out new guy Travis’s drum work but never giving enough credit to new producer Jerry Finn’s genius production skills.

One girl didn’t like it, though. She’d been a Blink 182 fan since before I’d even heard of them. I had a crush on her and in my desperation to find something to talk to her about, I asked her what she thought of the new album. “I threw up a little when I heard the piano,” she said.

Then, one day, a self-proclaimed Backstreet Boys enthusiast freshman girl wore the same Blink 182 shirt as me. That was the last day I wore a Blink 182 shirt.

More damning than the few seconds of piano in “Adam’s Song” on what I now refer to as – dare I say it? – the Greatest Mainstream Punk Album Of All Time was the band’s incessant presence on MTV, back when the “M” still stood for “music.” MTV was not punk; that was one thing we could all agree on. I had a Bouncing Souls shirt with the MTV logo on the back crossed out, a la “no smoking”. NOFX stopped making music videos for nearly ten years specifically so MTV couldn’t play them. And here was Blink 182, all over MTV, as if they welcomed it.

Later, my friend, The Misfits super fan, guffawed that, despite references to the Warped Tour in Takeoff Your Pants and Jacket’s lead single, “they don’t even have the balls to call it `The Punk Show’.” Others would adamantly insist that, although they still liked Dude Ranch, “everything they’ve done since is crap.” That they weren’t truly punk became an increasingly common complaint among my social circles, leading me to hesitate before saying “yes” whenever asked if I still liked Blink 182.

Finally, as if I was searching for an excuse, I officially disowned the band and excommunicated them from my lengthy list of favorite bands upon hearing “Feeling This” – not a punk song – on the radio for the first time. I didn’t buy their new self-titled album; I wouldn’t even give it a chance for years to come.

At the turn of the century, Blink 182 was blamed, perhaps unfairly, for paving the way for a never-ending barrage of crappy copycats Good Charlotte, Sum 41, and New Found Glory –  I’ll never forget my disappointment at not being able to get into the Strung Out show because opener Simple Plan had hit it big on MTV since the tour started and all these little kids who wouldn’t even stick around for the main act had gotten in line ahead of me. Had California been released fifteen years ago, this blame may have been justified. Songs like “San Diego” and “Left Alone” resemble that sub-genre of pop punk more than Enema of the State did, as well as the influx of whoas, na na nas, and gang vocals.

Blink has never been an angry band. Sure, they’ve been bothered by breakups, and they’ve never been a fan of jocks who made fun of them at school, but with few exceptions – “Anthem Part 2”, for instance – they’ve steered clear of social issues that often dominate the lyrical content of “grittier” punk bands. Nobody has more fun on stage than Mark Hoppus; smiling and skipping around with his bass, I genuinely expected him to, at some point, say into the microphone “I love my life”. He’s a suburbanite, and the suburbs are reflected in many of these songs describing a worry-free party lifestyle in Southern California, a lot like a Bret Easton Ellis novel, without the murder and massive drug abuse, but with a little homoeroticism snuck in partway through (“I want to see some naked dudes; that’s why I built this pool.”)

The album in general is a tribute to their home state. The power ballad and title track “California” nearly closes out the album before an unnecessary joke song makes last call. “San Diego” harkens back to Mark’s hometown, recalling the days when he and Tom formed the band, while “Los Angeles” is an homage to Blink’s adopted home.

The present band members are all over forty now, but they’re still singing about girls (“She’s Out Of Her Mind”, another prototypical Takeoff throwback), breakups –  both with girlfriends (“I know I messed up and it might be over, but let me call you when I’m sober”) and former band members (“Late at night I call your name. Abandoned love songs smashed across the hardwood floor. I read the sadness on your face.) – and lost love (“Where did she go? And what did she hope to find there?”)

This is their third consecutive “fresh start” album (prior to writing and recording Self-Titled, Travis urged the band to think of the new album as the first Blink 182 album; Neighborhoods was the first album after Blink’s “indefinite hiatus” due to Tom’s inability to focus on a single project; the band had been brought back together after Travis nearly died in a plane crash.) Some may view California as a return-to-form album, even with the lineup change, and I do agree that California resembles Takeoff Your Pants and Jacket more than any previous album, particularly more than the radical shift in direction of Self-Titled (which I’d initially rejected but eventually grew to love) and the near-total failure of the last full-length, Neighborhoods. Songs like “She’s Out of Her Mind”, “Rabbit Hole”, and “Teenage Satellites” would’ve fit in with Takeoff’s sing-a-long-ability just fine, as would “The Only Thing That Matters”, the most straight-forward punk-sounding song here.

Other songs don’t resemble anything they’ve done before. “Los Angeles” features what sounds like a theremin (like The X-Files theme music) in the beginning, and later some drum machine-like drumming only Travis Barker can pull off, as well as vocal effects and echoes – I’m not sure how to classify this song, but it’s not punk, if that matters. New producer John Feldmann, the brains behind Goldfinger, shares writing credit on every song – another first for the band – which might explain the band’s new-found fondness for gang vocals prevalent throughout. Also mildly noteworthy, California represents an all-time low in the number of F-bombs for a Blink 182 album, and all in the same song, too.

Fans will forever be conflicted when it comes to Tom Delonge’s departure. While he was clearly instrumental in the formation of the band and the band’s first ten years of success, California is so much better than Neighborhoods that I’m tempted to view his absence as addition by subtraction. At sixteen tracks, including two joke songs totaling a combined 46 seconds, California is a tad long – like this review – and has perhaps one too many slow songs. When all is said and done, however, this is an excellent return from one of punk rock’s all-time most successful acts.

But is California actually punk? Is the band? I don’t know. Who cares.

4/5 Stars