Blink-182’s California was one of the most anticipated—and most successful—releases of the year, and Travis Barker confirmed last month that they would be working on new music for a deluxe edition of the record.
In a new interview with Billboard, our anticipation for the new tracks seem to be well worth it. “It’s not a collection of throwaway songs, it’s like a whole other album,” Mark Hoppus said in the interview.
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Hoppus tells Billboard that the new tracks are not only a solid addition to what was already released, but a good mix of sounds.
“It’s almost, it’s more than a whole other record, it’s a double album at this point and it’s more of an extension of what we did in the studio earlier,” Hoppus told Billboard.
“Some of the songs were songs that we did not put on the first album, but are great songs. And some are brand new that we just wrote last week, a lot of high-energy songs, punk rock, some more ballad-y songs, a little more electronic experimentation, it’s a good mix.”
Barker agrees, going so far as to say the deluxe tracks might even be better than the original record itself.
“We’re working on the deluxe album and I got in a conversation with [producer John] Feldmann this morning. I was like, ‘Dude, we got a problem, the deluxe album might even be better than California,’” Barker said in the interview.
“It’s a good problem to have, but, oh shit, it’s incredible. It’s kind of like a mind fuck because it should almost be a new album. But it just goes to show how natural and organic things are happening and how fun this process has been because it’s not hard to go write great songs and make fun music that we love creating and listening to. And the results are great. The deluxe album will be neck-and-neck with California. It’s in no way fillers.”
They’re already name dropping tracks they’re excited to play live, with both Barker and Hoppus saying anthems “Wildfire” and “Misery” bring high-energy, and we can’t wait to give them a listen.
How stoked are you to hear the deluxe release of California? Let us know in the comments!
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