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New interview with Upset Magazine & tour photos

blink-182 spoke with Upset Magazine about their new album California, and Mark and Matt weighed in on the opening track, "Cynical:" “It does set the mood and the pace of the record; it starts off self-questioning and then Travis’ phenomenal drumming kicks in, then the guitars and it just takes off,” adds Mark. “The intro is me talking about myself and the creative process I go through every day. I start every song with this fear, thinking I’m never going to write another good song, and then we go into the studio and things fall into place. There’s a moment when you’re driving home from the studio with a brand new

Fan video from last night's live debuts of several California tracks

YouTuber Sydney Wilkinson was present at last night's tour kickoff in San Diego, and here are videos she posted of the first time ever blink has performed the following songs from California: Cynical Kings of the Weekend Los Angeles No Future Below is the performance of Cynical!  Click the links on the list above to see the other videos on Sydney's channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxRNW9JIPDs

John Feldmann's insight into California's production; tour starts tonight!

In this cool MusicRadar.com interview with California's producer John Feldmann, the energetic lead singer of Goldfinger gives interesting insight to the production of Blink-182's latest album. "One of [Blink’s] long-standing members [Tom DeLonge] left the band and there was a bunch of question marks for them as far as what their career looked like. They tried doing stuff on their own and it was coming out a bit like patchwork. "There wasn’t really a thread sonically throughout the songs they’d written. Had all that stuff come together, I wouldn’t have been considered [to produce California]. “Like Steve Jobs says,

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New interview with Upset Magazine & tour photos

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blink-182 spoke with Upset Magazine about their new album California, and Mark and Matt weighed in on the opening track, “Cynical:”

“It does set the mood and the pace of the record; it starts off self-questioning and then Travis’ phenomenal drumming kicks in, then the guitars and it just takes off,” adds Mark. “The intro is me talking about myself and the creative process I go through every day. I start every song with this fear, thinking I’m never going to write another good song, and then we go into the studio and things fall into place. There’s a moment when you’re driving home from the studio with a brand new song playing on your car stereo, and there’s such a feeling of joy, accomplishment, pride and excitement. Then I wake up the next day, thinking I’ll never write another good song.”

“I didn’t know that until just now,” admits Matt. The pair fed off what each other was singing across ‘California’, but they never spelled it out for one another. “For me, ‘Cynical’ is about the moment of panic when the phone rings. It makes me think of when I was going through a divorce and I wouldn’t check my email because I would just be getting legal bills and requests. It was a fucking mess. An uptown mess, in retrospect it wasn’t that big of a deal, but it was that panic of what is this going to be? It really struck a chord with me and the rest of it wrote itself. That happened throughout the whole record and I think we make a really good team, all three of us.”

Read the entire article here.


 

With the tour kicking off, as usual there are a flurry of spectacular photos coming in from social media.

All credit goes to JustWillieT, RobertNoise, and Travis Barker.

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Fan video from last night’s live debuts of several California tracks

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YouTuber Sydney Wilkinson was present at last night’s tour kickoff in San Diego, and here are videos she posted of the first time ever blink has performed the following songs from California:

Below is the performance of Cynical!  Click the links on the list above to see the other videos on Sydney’s channel.

John Feldmann’s insight into California’s production; tour starts tonight!

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In this cool MusicRadar.com interview with California’s producer John Feldmann, the energetic lead singer of Goldfinger gives interesting insight to the production of Blink-182’s latest album.

“One of [Blink’s] long-standing members [Tom DeLonge] left the band and there was a bunch of question marks for them as far as what their career looked like. They tried doing stuff on their own and it was coming out a bit like patchwork.

“There wasn’t really a thread sonically throughout the songs they’d written. Had all that stuff come together, I wouldn’t have been considered [to produce California].

“Like Steve Jobs says, you can only see where you’re at in your life by connecting the dots backwards. No-one has a crystal ball to see the future, but everything that’s happened in my life has led to me having the privilege of producing Blink.

“This project came to me because I was ready to do it, because of all the experience I’ve had being in a band and helping other bands get signed and making their records.”


Additionally, the blink-182 tour kicks off tonight with a show in San Diego, CA.  Visit blink182.com and scroll down to their tour section for full dates and times.

Pre-Tour News Roundup

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Need your blink fix before their tour starts?  Here’s a handful of interesting pieces of news on the band that may interest you.

FORBES:  Who Are These Alt-Rock Fans Snapping Up Blink-182 Over Drake?

The Southern Californian band, founded in 1992, previously had most of its mainstream success in the early 2000s, has come back partly thanks to a long-time and loyal fan base of these rock fans with a penchant for nostalgia. Marketing people might want to know who they are – they sound a rich seam to mine.

THE NEW YORKER:  blink-182:  Punk For All Ages

Their adolescent outlook, especially in the early years, occasionally found expression in spiteful breakup songs in which boys wonder what’s wrong with girls. “Enema of the State” included “Dumpweed,” a downright giddy farewell to a “nightmare” girlfriend, in which DeLonge sings, “I need a girl that I can train.” But many of Blink’s best songs endure because they turn inward: the lovelorn boy has sense enough to wonder what’s wrong with him.

DIY:  Let’s Start Over:  Blink-182

Dick jokes may still be present in Blink-182’s ranks but a lot has changed since the release of their last record. Following their high-profile comeback, and post-reunion album ‘Neighborhoods’, it was back at the start of 2015 that the tide really shifted for the trio. A sudden and well-documented bust up occurred between Mark and the band’s drummer Travis Barker, and former guitarist Tom DeLonge. Exactly what went on behind closed doors, no one will ever really know, but now, almost eighteen months later, the band look as tightly-knit as ever with Skiba by their side.


 

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Blink teases new stage layout & setlist for summer tour!

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Via the Instagram and Snapchat accounts of Mark and Travis, fans got a tease of not only the new vibrant stage layout, but the setlist for the summer tour.  California songs featured, at least from what’s visible in the snap, are No Future, Cynical, Bored To Death, She’s Out Of Her Mind, and Built This Pool.  Scroll down to check out the pictures.

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“California” debuts #1 on iTunes in Canada, eh!

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Per the Chronicle Herald, blink’s new album “California” is the #1 album on the Canadian iTunes charts for the week of July 1-7.  The trio just completed a 4-show run in the Great White North, rocking Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Edmonton, and Calgary.

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