blink-182 album will be “more aggressive,” Mark Hoppus reveals

The album will also contain a "darker" tone and theme.

March 25, 2019
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We’ve been anxiously awaiting more news about the forthcoming blink-182 album ever since Travis Barker revealed the album would be out before this year’s Warped Tour. Frontman Mark Hoppus sat down with NME to shed a little more light on what we can expect from the next era of blink, and what’s in store for fans with the new album.

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Barker shared earlier this month that the follow-up to 2016’s California would have the same vibe as their self-titled, and could quite possibly be the most important blink album to date.

Now, it seems that Hoppus is confirming Barker’s sentiments on the new album.

“It’s very different to California,” Hoppus tells NME. “It’s a lot more aggressive. It’s darker in theme and tone. If you like California to Enema Of The State then this album is more like the untitled record where we are trying to experiment more: trying to experiment more, trying different sounds, and trying to expand upon what people think blink-182 is.”

It’s obvious the band have been hard at work as Hoppus reveals they currently have over 40 new songs recorded already.

Can they all go on the album?

When it comes to those new blink jams and Hoppus’ latest endeavor Simple Creatures, the lyrical inspiration for both projects share the same origin.

“They’re both quite personal. I think that the world is quite a strange place right now in general. People are really wound up, everyone is on edge and that seeps into everything that you do.

There’s also a lot of hope and positive things happening in the world. Hopefully we are moving the world in the right direction, even in the face of all of these strange obstacles.”

More on the new blink-182 album

Travis Barker has confirmed that blink-182’s forthcoming record will be out before this year’s Warped Tour. In an interview with Front Row Live Entertainment, the drummer says that the new record may be one of the most important blink-182 records yet.

“It’s kind of anything goes. It’s the same vibe that was that was going on when we did the self-titled. Literally anything goes,” Barker says in the interview. “I think we’re creating one of the most important blink albums, so I’m really proud of it.”

Additionally, after teasing the potential collab on his Instagram story, Barker confirms the band’s forthcoming effort with Pharrell. In fact, Pharrell is one of three producers working on the upcoming record, alongside John Feldmann and the Futuristics.

“So Feldmann has been working on the record, but I’ve also been doing a lot of writing at my own studio and then bringing it to Feldmann.” Barker says. “We’ve also worked with Pharrell on the new blink album. And we’ve also worked with this other producer The Futuristics, which is a team.”

Are you excited for the new blink album? Sound off in the comments below!

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

Whitney is your definition of pop punk trash. If she's not jamming to State Champs or Grayscale, then she's probably out enjoying the finer things or working a show for Fearless Records as a Street Team Leader. She's a realist and an optimist, calling the city of Columbus her home. A huge fan of naps, Whitney often falls asleep in a city that doesn't. She's not hard to please, finding joy in discovering new bands or playing Everlong on the late night radio. Working at Alt Press and breaking ground in the music scene have always been a dream of hers, telling herself at an early age she was down for losing it all to make that happen! Now the weekend writer at AP, Whitney is prepared to be noticed and eager to contribute to the scene. If you catch her at a concert feel free to stick around, make small talk, or discuss her overuse of State Champs lyrics and song titles in her bio.