The first thing we did was like a diet blink-182 or diet All Time Low. It wasn’t great. We listened back and decided it wasn’t what we wanted to do at all. We started off with a completely different mindset. We had this idea of everything opposite: Whatever you’d normally do, try and do something different. If something made us feel like it wasn’t something we wouldn’t normally do, we took it as a good thing. We were trying to get away from traditional recording techniques and embracing strange keyboard sounds and ratty, shitty guitars, buzzy subs and programmed drums.
Chris Payne, writing at Billboard:
There’s a song that we refer to as “Paris” that’s really awesome. It was actually a beat I made for Juice WRLD and before I ever got in the studio with him, I played it randomly, and Mark [Hoppus] said, “Oh what are you working on?” They were like, “Whoa, we really like this.” And it morphed into a Blink song. It’s probably our favorite right now.
Michael Schneider, writing at Variety:
“Bronze Blue” would have starred Hoppus, Wentz, Ashlee Simpson, and others (potentially including Williams, who had been approached) as various characters in an underwater punk/pop band singing catchy, eco-friendly tunes. The band toured the beaches of the world to share their message; however, they would have to stay one step ahead of their ultimate villain: The Sushi Chef.
“After playing in this band for 27 years, I want to push it and do different things and take blink to places where we haven’t been before,” he tells Kerrang!. “We’re really trying to do that on the new record. We want to do with our band what we did in 2003 with Untitled, where we take our foundations and go off in completely weird directions.”
To our Cincinnati fans, we are hard at work in the studio on our next album and will hopefully be announcing tour plans for later this year. Unfortunately, this means we will not be able to perform at this year’s Bunbury Music Festival. We apologize and as always, thank you for your love and support. We’ll see you soon!
Some of the news in the interviews include:
- The first EP will be called Strange Love.
- There’s a second EP, which will be released when they figure out the timing with Blink-182 and All Time Low albums.
- They do plan to tour with this project.
- There’s a clip of the “Bronze Blue Theme” by Mark in the KROQ interview, the audio can be found here.
Mark was asked, “And now I’ve also heard you have a new project coming up,” to which he replied, “I do, yes! I’m not at liberty to talk about it tonight, but you’re going to find out about it very soon. I’m not supposed to say something yet! But yes, I’m sorry – very soon.”