hmv.com presents… Albums Of 2015: #3 Blink-182
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally come out (we’re looking at you Adele…). We continue with pop-punks Blink-182, will their long awaited new album finally come out this year?
A little background…
We actually wrote about this album last year, as the band were already confirmed to headline a whole load of European festivals (including Reading and Leeds) and had said they would have a new album to go along with it.
As it turned out, the tour was simply a bill-paying exercise with a regulation ‘Greatest Hits’ set and no new material. Blink have form in this regard, they frequently take a long time to get new material together, even going as far as cancelling an entire UK arena tour back in 2011 because they needed to actually finish their last record Neighborhoods.
The delay actually lasted so long this time that co-frontman Mark Hoppus felt compelled to start another band named Nothing and Nobody, which is a offbeat electronic rock trio. Though they’ve only released a remix so far.
The reason that the band have been held up is Angels & Airwaves, Tom DeLonge’s other outfit, who have just released a new album named The Dream Walker. Now that’s finished and with no tour dates on the horizon it does seem like the pop punk trio will begin work in the new year, with DeLonge even revealing that the band have found a house to record the album in January.
This will make a change from the last time where Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker recorded their parts in a studio in a studio in Los Angeles whereas DeLonge largely recorded in his studio in San Diego, with the members emailing parts to each other.
The record that came out of that, Neighborhoods, has some great songs, but it does lack unity, even the band admit that, so hopefully this time having everyone in the same room will produce a more coherent record.
What It's Called?
We’re nowhere near that yet.
What Will It Sound Like?
Nothing’s recorded yet, but the band’s recent material has been getting darker and darker. DeLonge has said that the band are hoping to mirror how they made 2003’s self-titled album, easily the band’s most experimental record. It’ll be interesting to see what they produce.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Last time the band worked on their own. Their longtime producer Jerry Finn sadly passed away in 2008 and the band have said frequently that they don't see themselves working with anyone else, meaning this, much like Neighborhoods, will probably be self-produced.
No guests as yet, but Mark Hoppus knows just about everyone in pop punk and Travis Barker has collaborated with everyone from Corey Taylor to Lil Wayne, so if they want a special guest, they’ve probably got enough phone numbers...
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
This could go either way. But with recording sessions confirmed for January and no Angels & Airwaves tour dates scheduled, we’d bet on this emerging sometime in the latter half of the year.