Anticipating the blink-182 Summer Album California
blink-182 is ready for their pop punk comeback!
Many people remember blink-182 as that goofy pop punk band from the early 2000s, a time when their catchy hits such as “All the Small Things” and “What’s My Age Again?” dominated the radio. Their 2003 self-titled album marked a stylistic shift in their sound from infectiously poppy hooks to darker and more somber chords. When guitarist Tom Delonge left the band in 2005 because of tension between him and bassist Mark Hoppus over creative control and direction of the music, it seemed that blink-182 had come to an end.
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However, much to everyone’s surprise, blink-182 reformed in 2009, announcing their reunification at that year’s Grammy awards. In 2011, they released their sixth album Neighborhoods to little fanfare and moderate commercial success. Critics were divided on the aesthetic value of the band’s new sound, and not many people seemed to know that they had returned.
In 2015, Delonge left once again after refusing to prioritize blink-182, and he was replaced by Alkaline Trio guitarist, vocalist, and frontman Matt Skiba. After a successful performance with Skiba in March 2015, things started to look up for blink-182. Their seventh studio album, California, is set for release on July 1st, 2016, and the lead single from the album, “Bored to Death”, was released on April 27th. The lyric video for the song has garnered over five million views in three weeks, so it’s clear that people still care about the band even after all of this time. It’ll be interesting to see if they’ll experience a resurge in popularity with casual listeners. blink-182 influenced countless popular bands that rule alternative radio today, groups ranging from Fall Out Boy to Panic! At The Disco, and to see that they have reemerged with a great new single has excited more than just their hardcore fans. Their evolving comeback is definitely something to watch.
If you haven’t heard the song yet, check it out below!
Bored to Death – blink-182 [LYRIC VIDEO]