Blink-182 are back in the studio after nearly five years. California will be their seventh album and the first without founding member Tom DeLonge. (Last year, drummer Travis Barker and bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus issued a statement saying DeLonge decided to “indefinitely” leave the band.)
In a tell-all interview with Rolling Stone‘s Patrick Doyle, DeLonge revealed he was completely blindsided by their decision to remove him from the trio. “If they would have come to me and said, ‘Hey, you’re really busy right now. We really want to do something, maybe we should get someone to fill in,’ or something, I would have probably been fine with it.” But they didn’t.
This isn’t their first gap in communication. “The band has always been dysfunctional. The only time we all really communicated daily was in Blink’s first, sort of, trimester,” DeLonge said. After that, there were years without speaking and messages passing through managers.
While DeLonge is trying to focus on family life and numerous creative projects that extend beyond music, Barker and Hoppus are looking forward to Blink’s future, releasing a new album with collaborator Matt Skiba, the guitarist for Alkaline Trio. Perhaps not by coincidence, “Bored To Death,” the first single off California, is a catchy and nostalgic song about moving forward.
Blink is taking their new lineup on the road this summer, kicking off on July 22 in San Diego, CA. Joining them are A Day To Remember, All Time Low, All American Rejects, and DJ Spider.
California will be released on the 182nd day of the year, July 1. Listen to “Bored To Death” and see the full list of tour dates after the jump. To purchase CDs or buy concert tickets, click here.
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