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…

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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!

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