And by hints, I mean, flat out says “there’s talk.”Read More “Matt Skiba Hints at Working with Tom DeLonge”
DeLonge now feels that he may have been “too heavy-handed” in trying to change Blink’s sound for Neighborhoods, something he admits Barker and Hoppus were “probably rightfully hesitant” to do. Should he ever return to the band, though, DeLonge believes he’d be able to strike a better balance between what all band members want from a Blink record.
“Knowing that I’ve gotten so much out of my system with this type of music with Angels & Airwaves, I don’t need Blink to land here, like I might’ve 10 years ago,” he says.
Lifeforms is another textural expedition that opens clear water between itself and the idea of DeLonge as a three-chord thrasher. “In my earlier years with Blink it was, ‘How do I create tones that let these songs sound different from each other?’ But all I was using was a distortion pedal and every once in a while a flanger,” he says. “Now, in Angels & Airwaves, there are delay pedals and synthesizers and organic oscillations from fuckin’ modular synths. I craft songs by what’s needed, not what I’m limited to. That’s the biggest difference.”
We’d had this giant record with Enema Of The State, and then we go to record its follow-up and the whole label is freaking out, because they’re scared about what we’re going to write. We had three songs for them to hear after six months to see where we’re at. It’s the head of the label and the head A&R guy, and we played them this song full of cuss words, a song that went, ‘When you fucked Hitler did he tell you that he loved you?’, which later became “When You Fucked Grandpa,” and cover of the Macarena that went, ‘Hey, wipe your anus.’ They literally thought that’s what we’d been doing for six months. It was ridiculous. But what I’m getting at is even when the stakes were really high and there’s a lot of pressure to follow up a really big record, doing those songs was the core of who we were – having fun, fucking with people and having a good time. And when that didn’t exist in blink was when it was really hard, because that’s the whole goal of that band.
Read More “Tom DeLonge Talks with Pop&Rock”
Question: So, is there a chance you’ll get back together with blink-182?
Answer: Sure, we’re always talking about it. That’s our goal. But we’re all very busy right now. Mark is undergoing a difficult treatment. It is not easy for us to find a time window that would work for everyone. I think it will happen one day, at least I hope so, but it’s not that simple. I have Angels & Airwaves, I make movies and I’m also a father. It is not easy to do something when you have to constantly take care of your children.
Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge sat down on Mark’s Apple Music show to talk about everything from their favorite Blink-182 album, to the band’s early days, and much more. It was a great conversation just to hear the two friends chat.Read More “Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge: Two Peas in a Pod”