“Rabbit Hole” by blink-182 Lives Up to the Hype!
“Rabbit Hole” Proves that blink-182 is Back and Ready to Roll
“Rabbit Hole” is the latest tune from pop punk band blink-182. It is the second released song from their upcoming seventh studio album California, which comes out on July 1st. “Rabbit Hole” debuted today, June 8th, at 9:30AM Pacific Time with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, so it’s definitely a fresh track!
Compared to the first song released from California, titled “Bored to Death”, “Rabbit Hole” is much more upbeat and energetic. Whereas “Bored to Death” is about navigating the pitfalls of a doomed relationship, “Rabbit Hole” is about “standing your ground and not falling for people’s nonsense”, according to bassist Mark Hoppus. Like many songs on California, it came together quickly, and its energy caused Hoppus to consider it as one of his favorites on the album.
“Rabbit Hole” opens with solid drum and bass beats backing Hoppus’ brisk vocals, and the song quickly transitions into blink-182’s catchiest chorus in years. Guitarist Matt Skiba’s vocals are much more prominent on “Rabbit Hole” than on “Bored to Death”. He and Hoppus develop some fantastic harmonies that culminate at the end of the song for a satisfying finish.
However, the release of “Rabbit Hole” has sparked a question about the nature of blink-182’s musical development. Should the band strive to evolve their sound above all? Or is it acceptable for them to regress to the early sounds of their career? Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker have stated that they aimed to make California sound like it could have come out between the fourth studio album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket and the fifth studio album, blink-182. The latter represents blink-182 at the peak of their pop punk prowess, while the former represents blink-182 at the height of their musical maturity and artistry. The transition was major and duly noted by fans and music critics alike. Whether or not a fan likes “Rabbit Hole” mainly depends on how they feel about the musical direction blink-182 should take. And that question not only applies to blink-182, but to all bands as well. How do bands evolve their sound, and how does it affect not only their fans, but also the core of their artistry?
I’ll leave that question for you to answer. In the meantime, check out “Rabbit Hole” on YouTube below, and if you like it, be sure to keep an eye out for California when July 1st rolls around!