Blink-182 Announce California Deluxe

California was the comeback album for blink-182, which came along with Matt Skiba being in the band. After a great reception from fans and new listeners alike. blink-182 are back with a deluxe version of California, which is looking effectively like a double album. Alongside all the tracks which could be found upon California, blink-182 are releasing a further 11 songs, one of which is single Parking Lot. The Deluxe Edition of California is pipped for release on the 19th of May. Check out blink-182’s new track Parking Lot below and Pre-Order HERE.

 

Blink-182 Score First Ever UK No.1 Album

Time to bring out the champagne, Blink-182 have gone and topped the charts in the UK.

The band’s latest release, California, is their first ever UK number one, whilst also being their first album with new guitarist and co-vocalist Matt Skiba.   Massive congratulations to Mark, Travis and Matt for the fantastic achievement, and here’s hoping for many more.

Listen to California below, and lets us know what you think.

Blink-182 – California

Blink-182‘s career has been a rather public roller-coaster, especially in recent years. Drama aside however, their newest album California has been a long time coming, making it one of the most anticipated releases this year. Produced by the acclaimed John Feldmann, much of his signature style of layered vocals and chants is present throughout the album, whilst remaining distinctly Blink.

Opening track Cynical gives a short but sweet burst of classical Blink energy. It’s punchy, with Mark Hoppus’s vocals taking the lead (which remains the case for most of the album) clearly and confidently. It’s a strong start, leading nicely into the nostalgic single Bored To Death with its Feeling This style guitar intro. Compared to the band’s last studio album Neighbourhoods, they have moved back away from the distanced, stadium rock style seemingly encouraged by ex-guitarist Tom DeLonge.

The sense of nostalgia continues with She’s Out Of Her Mind, which is strongly reminiscent of their hit The Rock Show. It’s hard not to question at this point whether Blink have become too focused on recreating their hey-day with vague re-writes. Drummer Travis Barker even alludes to this in claiming the track is “too important for the Take Off Your Pants & Jacket-era of Blink“. It’s not a bad track, but the comparison to The Rock Show may detract somewhat from the song to some listeners. Whether they like it or not, Blink have something to prove with such a prolific discography in their past.

Despite the departure of Tom DeLonge, there are certainly some elements of the space-rock influences he brought to the band, such as the haunting synth-accompanied intro to Los Angeles and the themes present in Teenage SatellitesLos Angeles remains as one of the album’s strongest tracks with the euphoric cry of “Los Angeles… When will you save me Los Angeles?”. It’s inarguably one of the strongest hooks the album has to offer. Blink have always brought the pop to pop-punk, a fact that led them to becoming one of the pinnacle acts of the early 2000’s mainstream popularity of the genre. Sober follows the trend set by Los Angeles with another mighty chorus. This pair of songs, two of the best on the album, exemplify Blink at their best; writing fun songs without holding too strongly to an old formula.

Lots of songs on California seem to be paired, as is the case with Built This Pool and Brohemian Rhapsody. Two very short one-liner songs pointing out the somewhat childish, cheeky side of Blink. It might feel a little like the band are trying to throw in every trick in the Blink-182 manual with these songs, but they’re a forgivable guilty pleasure.


No Future brings to light an element of California‘s vocals that becomes hard to ignore. There are surprisingly few flowing lines from Mark Hoppus in the album, with most of his delivery chanting on a few words at a time. It allows a greater focus on the lyrics themselves, but detracts somewhat from the potentially anthemic nature of the songs. The second half of the album in general holds more missteps than the earlier section. Home Is Such A Lonely Place is one of the least-inspired songs on the album, fitting the quota for a downbeat, reflective song in true pop punk style without any wealth of emotion. It’s an unnecessary stock-genre song. Kings Of The Weekend holds a similar place. It’s great fun, but feels a little forced as Hoppus sings about the joys of the weekend.

Teenage Satellites is a forgettable track. It’s a weak nod to a poppy, space-rock ballad that feels somewhat out of place. Left Alone breaks the chain of disappointing songs. Holding a similarly synth-based intro to Los Angeles, it’s an anthemic rocker with a cracking chorus. What more can you ask for? Rabbit Hole is one of the faster paced songs on California, and features some excellent harmonies between Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba.

The closing three tracks (saving Brohemian Rhapsody) are probably the best sequence on the album. Beginning with the reluctantly nostalgic San Diego with it’s reference to The Cure, through the classic Blink riffs in The Only Thing That Matters and the excellent title track CaliforniaCalifornia is a slower song describing the state where the band live most of their lives now. Finally, there’s a lot of passion going into a dedicated emotional song. This a spiritual ending for the album, building to a crescendo drum finale. Despite this, California truly ends how any Blink album should – with a fast punk riff and a coffee-crazed one liner: There’s something about you that I can’t quite put my finger in.”

California is a strong return for Blink-182. Whilst there are some points when it feels like the band are trying a little too hard, the majority of the album is a fun cacophony of pop-punk prowess. Strongly rooted in location, Blink have explored their roots both musically and geographically, lending to a very connected records. Even songs that are carefree in the moment lend to a mature theme overall, something the band have purposefully counteracted with their ridiculous, not-to-be-missed one liners. Blink-182 are back, and they’re back brilliantly.

Blink-182 release new song “No Future

Blink-182 have released a brand new song titled No Future.

The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album California, which is due for release on July 1st (the 182nd day of the year by the way).   This is the first album from Mark, Travis and Matt Skiba since the Alkaline Trio frontman replaced Tom DeLonge as guitarist and vocalist.   you can pre order California here and get instant downloads of Bored To Death, Rabbit Hole and No Future.   Check out the new single below and let us know what you think.