Elevator wrote:I'm going to set BTD's uninteresting nature aside and hope there's more on California that truly speaks to me and that my doubts are unfounded.
That's the attitude to have. Also, I have always been partial to Tom's contributions of Mark's since I first starting listening to blink. He was my favorite musically and personality-wise. It fucking bums me out that he's not in the band. I don't think you're a "Tombot" just like I dont feel like I'm a Tombot. At the same time though, you did spend a lot of time the past few days jumping to a lot of conclusions - e.g. saying the artwork and titled were lazy and meaningless when we can't know that yet, calling Matt "other-Mark" just because their voices sound similar on one song where Mark happens to be singing in a higher register (which I dont think will be every song). I respect your opinions on the song, and I agree to a small extent. I also agree with some of your feelings regarding the band, but am choosing to focus on the positive. But still, you can't say things like that and not expect some pushback, pushback which I did not think was inflammatory or attacking you at all. So let's not draw battle lines quite yet.
Edit: Also, I do agree that the "if you make a point about wishing Tom was still in the band you should do it elsewhere" is not a good attitude. Comments about the new material and lineup compared with the old material and original lineup should be fair game here.