Blink-182 aiming to release new, song structure-defying material by “early summer,” says Mark Hoppus

ABC/Paula LoboBlink-182 has been working on a new album, the follow-up to 2016’s California. Speaking to ABC Radio, bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus says the punk trio is trying to expand beyond the Blink formula and experiment with “traditional song structures.”

“We’re trying to get away from picking up an acoustic guitar and starting a song that way,” Hoppus explains. “So we’ve been writing songs based around beats that [drummer] Travis [Barker] has come up with, or maybe just a keyboard line or one little guitar riff and building around that.”

In doing so, Blink sought out more opportunities for collaborations. One track, for example, was recorded with “Happy” hit-maker Pharrell Williams.

“He brought an idea for a track that we worked on for a couple days that is very immediate, happy, punk-inspired, sing-along happy punk rock,” Hoppus says of Pharrell’s contribution.

As for when we’ll get to hear the new stuff, Hoppus says Blink is aiming for an early summer release. That tracks with Barker’s previous statement that new music would arrive before the band plays the 25th anniversary Warped Tour concert late June in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“We want to go out on tour, we have shows lining up,” Hoppus says. “We are ready to start that whole cycle again.” 

In the meantime, you can listen to Hoppus’ new project Simple Creatures, which also features All Time Low‘s Alex Gaskarth. The duo’s debut EP Strange Love is out now.

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