Blink 182 is now an indie band. The punk-pop trio were previously signed to Interscope, specifically for the release of last year's new album Neighborhoods, and before that were signed to Geffen.
Additionally, the band is presently working on new material, which bassist Mark Hoppus says may take a while. "We're going to tour Australia in February with Blink… [so the] proper tour and the new album probably won't happen for about a year," he told NME.
Blink-182's new album will be a follow-up to their comeback album Neighborhoods, and drummer Travis Barker recently stated about the follow-up, "I feel like the best is yet to come, the next album is going to be exciting."
However, fans might want to take that promising news with more than a grain of salt. What made Blink fun back when we were kids was the fact that they never tried too hard to be something they weren’t. Back in those days, Blink's videos and magazine covers were consistently and hilariously juvenile, and when it came time to scratch that jackass itch, Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker were ready to blast off with a blizzard of goofball antics and bubbly celebrations of absurdity. But those days are long past, and in the eight years since their last proper release, Blink-182 split in a publicly acrimonious fallout, subsequent follow-up projects failed to gain any meaningful traction, and drummer Barker was seriously injured in a plane crash that killed four. Generally, the trio appeared to have been forced to grow out of their speedy slob-pop selves in an age of hypercomplexity.
Their latest album is a misfire of ambition and ill-fitting old characters. Will Blink 182 bring a fuller artistic authenticity on their next release? Only time will tell…