Blink-182 celebrated the launch of ‘Bored To Death’, the first single from their new album ‘California’ with a karaoke party. Ahead of that though, the band sat down with Fuse and spoke about the new record.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” explains Mark Hoppus. “I think that this record is really a statement that the three of us made about what Blink-182 is and what it’s all about. I think that there’s been obviously years of speculation about what this new incarnation of Blink-182 is going to sound like. Is it going to be different? Is it going to count as Blink-182? Is it true to our roots, or whatever? I think that we kept our heads down and wrote a great album. I think when people hear it, all speculation will be put to rest, and they’ll be really happy—at least that’s what I hope for. Everyone that we’ve played it for has had a great, positive reaction for it. The best way I can describe it is it feels like home. When you listen to it, it feels like what Blink-182 really is, and it hasn’t felt like that in a while, for me, personally.”
“California has a bunch of different styles of songs on it,” he continues. “‘Bored to Death’ was actually the first song we wrote when we got into the studio with John. We had been writing for about four months prior to that, and ditched all of those songs. We walked into the studio fresh and had an idea that first day; that song became “Bored to Death,” and it came together in a matter of hours. In the next two months, we wrote nearly 30 songs. We liked all of them and obviously we put the best on the record, but we have so many more left over that we want to continue working on them and either use them for the next record or maybe do an EP.”
“I was fighting for 28 to be on the album, you know,” adds Travis Barker. “I feel like you starve people for so long… We’ve promised album, and [our fans] have gone without, so me, personally, I felt like the more material on the album, the better. The more tour dates, the better. That’s what we do when we’ve put out albums in the past.”