By Jay Tilles
It’s confirmed: Blink-182 will release new music soon.
“We can expect to hear the first song in April,” reveals Lisa Worden, Music Director for Los Angeles alternative station KROQ (a Radio.com station).
Rumors about the release of the single came yesterday when a radio industry website listed the to-be-determined Blink-182 song on a future releases chart. The single will mark the first new music from the band since Neighborhoods, released in 2011. It’s also the first we’ll hear from the band’s new lineup with Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba.
Worden was treated to eight new songs when Mark Hoppus stopped by her office Tuesday. According to Hoppus, the band has recorded nearly 50 songs and is in the process of narrowing them down for the yet-to-be-named album.
“I think any fan of Blink-182 is going to be ecstatic when they hear the music. I really do! It sounds like Blink-182 but it sounds like Blink in 2016. Lyrically it’s clever.” Worden explains that of the songs she’s heard, it’s primarily Hoppus on vocals with Skiba adding harmonies. “I didn’t know what to expect.
Worden can speak with some authority. The band has played her every Blink-182 album before its release. “The music I heard rocks,” she says. “It sounds like Blink but it’s not anything that we’ve heard before. For fans of the band, they’re going to be super happy with it. It starts with Travis’ unmistakable drumming—it’s just that signature Blink sound—you immediately know who it is.”
“As a fan of the band for the last 20 years, I was so happy with what I heard. It was the band I’ve loved all these years.”
Of the tracks that she previewed, Worden describes some as rock-leaning, reminiscent of Dude Ranch. There were a couple with really funny lyrics and I heard a ballad as well. “Mark singing the ballad was amazing. He sounded awesome.”
Worden also noted producer John Feldmann’s influence, which she heard throughout the recordings. “The songs sound really big. And that’s what John does,” she said. Feldmann is the frontman of Goldfinger, who has produced All Time Low, Sleeping with Sirens and 5 Seconds of Summer in recent years.
“The guys aren’t 23 anymore,” Feldmann recently told Kerrang! magazine. “They’re dads now, so they’re no longer writing songs about poo and that kind of stuff. But there’s still got to be a sense of humor to it; it’s got to be fun and funny, but also age appropriate.” Feldmann explains that fans will hear the band’s growth on this album.
But the Blink project doesn’t sound like just another album for Feldmann. “I’d say it’s one of the best records I’ve ever made in my life.”