hmv's Albums of 2014: Blink-182
Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records. Today it's the turn of pop-punk legends Blink-182, will there be a new record in time for their headline appearance at Reading and Leeds this summer?
A little background…
Despite reuniting back in 2009, it took over two and a half years for Blink-182's comeback album to eventually come out in September 2011. Titled Neighborhoods, its recording sounded like a pretty torturous process with bassist/singer Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker recording in one studio in Los Angeles and then sending their contributions to guitarist Tom DeLonge over in San Diego.
While the record turned out to be a pretty good one, it did sound like an album with lots of ideas that weren't fully realised on there, an album made properly by committee rather than a real body of work.
The band themselves reflected in a similar manner, with DeLonge remarking "There's some songs on there that I love, but for the most part it was disconnected" and Barker adding "It was like, 'You do this part in your studio, and then you're gonna play on it and send it back to me.' When we're not in the studio together, you don't have the opportunity to gel off each other." The drummer also admitted he'd been too keen to return to the studio while recovering from a plane crash and should have spent longer recuperating.
After they completed touring in support of Neighborhoods, the band took time apart before reconvening to record a five-track EP titled Dogs Eating Dogs.
Featuring a collaboration with Yelawolf and the band's first real use of electronic drums, the EP showed another new side to the trio and, with two full-on pop-punk drivers, a slow lament named 'Boxing Day' and two experimental tracks, hinted at the direction the band might well be taking on their next record.
What It's Called?
No word on that yet. Standard.
What Will It Sound Like?
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Tom DeLonge confirmed his desire to experiment is as alive as ever, saying: "I always want to do different things. I'm always obsessed with trying to do different things. I'm always obsessed because I like so many different kinds of music. And I was the one who was against it for so many years because I was so dumb. I was like, 'Punk rock, punk rock, punk rock!' And anything that wasn't, I thought was just lame and I was so elitist. And now I find myself wanting to do everything but punk-rock stuff."
The last two Blink records have been very dark ones, full of electronics and sad laments. Judging by both the band's recent EP and the way they've talked it up, we can expect a record in the same vein this time around.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Blink-182's longtime producer Jerry Finn sadly passed away in 2008 and the band have said that they don't see themselves working with anyone else, meaning this, much like Neighborhoods, will probably be self-produced.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
Given the lengthy delays in recording Neighborhoods (the band had to delay their UK tour and cancel many festival shows when recording overran), you'd say no. But then again the band are already confirmed to headline this summer's Reading and Leeds Festivals and have said they'll have a new album ready by then.
If that doesn't light the fire under them, nothing will…