Blink-182 wants to go in “completely weird directions” for new album

ABC/Paula LoboBlink-182 has been working on a new album, and bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus tells Kerrang! that the punk trio hopes to experiment more with the new material.

“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,” Hoppus explains. “We’re really trying to do that on the new record.”

Hoppus likens the direction of the new material to Blink’s approach to their 2003 Untitled album, which spawned the hit single “I Miss You.”

“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,” he says.

In addition to working on a new Blink album, Hoppus has also teamed up with All Time Low‘s Alex Gaskarth to form a new band, Simple Creatures. The duo’s debut single, “Drug,” premiered last week, and they plan to release an EP in March. However, Hoppus assures that Simple Creatures won’t take anything away from his Blink commitments.

“We’re in the studio all the time,” Hoppus says of Blink. “That’s the thing, our main bands are our main focus and will always be.”

“We all have our outside interests and our outside things, but we’re pretty straightforward with one another,” he adds. “Blink really is everybody’s priority and that’s understood among all of us.”

Blink-182’s most recent album is 2016’s California.

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