Mark Hoppus of Blink-182: “We want to be weird on this record”

Courtesy of Alt.Press:

Blink-182 vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus recently revealed that the band will “try a bunch of different stuff” when they begin recording their rampantly anticipated upcoming album. Hoppus–who produced Motion City Soundtrack’s latest, My Dinosaur Life–said, “We did a bunch of writing before we left on this tour, then we came home and decided we were going to take a couple of months and chill and do other stuff, then get back together in the beginning of the year. Now that it’s almost February, we decided it’s time to get back in the studio and do what we do. So that’s the plan: just get back together and get to work.”

As far as the sound of the new material, Hoppus said, “We definitely want to try a bunch of different stuff. I think it will still sound like Blink. I think it will still be catchy. I think it will still be poppy, but we want to be weird on this record.”

The influence of this “weirdness” may stem from the eclectic tastes of Hoppus, vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker. “Everybody listens to such different stuff. Tom is really into, like, ’80s stadium rock; huge, monumental ’80s rock bands. Travis is all over the place, musically, and he always comes up with beats and drum parts that are so way out that I would never think of them. And I’ve just been listening to a lot of weird indie rock. So somewhere between amazing hip-hop beats, stadium rock and indie rock, you’ll find Blink.”

In the meantime, DeLonge is set to release Angels & Airwaves’ third album, Love, on Valentine’s Day and Barker is working on a solo album.

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