Avril Lavigne talks about next album ‘Love Sux’ and collabing with Mark Hoppus
Avril Lavigne has joined blink-182's Mark Hoppus on After School Radio via Apple Music. During the conversation, Lavigne discussed Love Sux, working with Hoppus, signing to Travis Barker's label, adapting "Sk8er Boi" into a feature film and more.
Speaking on her new album, Lavigne told Hoppus, "I'm so excited. The whole energy around it, it was so fun to make it, to get in the studio with [John Feldmann] and Mod [Sun], Travis, and even you. It was just such a good time. The album's got a pop punk vibe all the way through and I feel like this is a type of album I've wanted to make for a long time. My last album was very introspective and deep and this one is just rocking all the way through..."
"I feel this is my most alternative record sonically," she continues. "There was a period where it was, on my first album, it was like, 'Okay, I want to rock out. I want guitars. [I] want to sound like a band. I want drums.' At the time, it was bubble gum music. Super pop music was in so I to had fight for that. But then a few albums in, people were like, 'Radio just don't play songs with guitars and live drums.' I had to evolve, but things had to dial back a bit. Not that I wanted to do that, but I did."
She also told Hoppus how excited she was to work with him on the record. "I mean, to be honest, you're one of my favorite artists," she says. "Dude Ranch and Enema of the State, those were the records I was listening to in high school and as a teenager and I feel like they were really impactful on me as I was coming into my own musical identity.
"So when I had the opportunity to work with you, which was over Zoom... I was so excited and I was really impressed with how efficient you are in the studio. You write, you record yourself, you can engineer, you sing, you're playing and so having you on the album is a huge honor for me. So I'm really excited about our collaboration."
You can listen to the artists' full discussion here.