Expect to hear a lot from the evergreen kings of pop-punk in the coming months. As always, the return of BLINK-182 is worth getting excited for…
What do we want? A new blink-182 album! When do we want it? 2019! Lucky, then, that there’s a follow-up to 2016’s California on the way…
The San Diego trio informed the world they were working on new tunes with a couple of Snapchat posts back in April last year. “New blink-182 songs, day one,” captioned bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus over a picture of Travis Barker on his kit. While Travis simply wrote “@blink182” alongside a photo of him and Mark lounging on a studio couch.
Since then, the four-stringer has been fairly vocal about what we can expect from blink’s eighth outing. After the release of the deluxe edition of California in May 2017, Mark went on record as saying the next record will “get a little more experimental… Kind of like what we did on the untitled record,” he said, “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.”
In June, Mark told Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 radio show that the band were well into the writing of the record. He gave us a strong indication of how it’s set to sound, too, saying: “Right now it’s really aggressive, really catchy, dark and weird. If you take California and compare it to Enema Of The State,” he added. “I would say that what we’re writing now is more in line with Take Off Your Pants And Jacket and the untitled record.” Mark even went back to the blueprints of that 2003 self-titled record for inspiration. In October he posted photos of the pages from the lyric book he used when writing and recording it.
Despite things seemingly progressing well, Mark also confessed in October that he was struggling to come up with new ideas for the album. “Every day I wake up confident in the knowledge that I will never write another good song,” he (perhaps) half-joked on Twitter. “That I’ve said everything I need to say. Starting a new idea is the hardest part of the day, and I have to fight through it every time. That’s my creative process.” Travis, meanwhile, was Tweeting Tom Delonge pictures of himself with the caption: “Where are youuuuuuuuuu”, an I Miss You lyric, sparking rumours of a reunion (either Tom coming back to blink, or Travis and Tom’s side-project Box Car Racer kicking back into gear). While neither is likely to happen, since the pair are on good terms (Tom replied with following lyric: “I am the voice inside your yeeeeaaaad”) who knows if Tom’ll have some sort of input into the new album.
One thing we know not to expect from the new record is a cover of everyone’s favourite karaoke tune.
“Every morning I wake in abject terror that it might be my turn to cover Toto’s Africa,” Mark Tweeted recently. Damn it.
Obviously there’ll be tour dates to promote album eight, should it be ready for our ears early enough in the year, plus 2019 does mark 20 years since the release of Enema Of The State, so there’ll no doubt be some sort of celebration around that milestone. Anniversary shows? Hopefully. A re-enactment of the band running along the beach naked in the All The Small Things video? Hopefully not. K!