To start, I would like to thank Reed for starting this “Music for your Monday” segment. It’s a great addition to the blog. Secondly, I would like to apologize to Reed because I am directly contradicting this next quote. To quote him from the last post: “Music For Your Mondays will NOT be every single Monday; but when it happens it will always be on a Monday – THAT you can believe.” Sorry Reed, it’s not Monday and I’m still posting this. Nevertheless, it’s a great sentiment so we can keep the name. Now, without further delay…
THE DAY HAS COME. BLINK 182 HAS RETURNED.
Coming seemingly out of nowhere, Blink 182 has dropped one of the first tracks off their highly anticipated new album, California. Check out Bored to Death here:
Let me just say, this track does not disappoint. After the news of Blink’s rough patch with their original guitarist, Tom Delonge, the fate of the band was uncertain. Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba stepped in to fill the gap when the band was touring, but the future was still cloudy. After some time had passed, the band announced that Skiba would fill the shoes that Delonge left and that they would go on to record their seventh studio LP.
As a result, we are left with one of the most authentic sounding Blink 182 songs we have heard in years. This comes as a huge surprise considering 1/3 of the original band isn’t even present on this track.
We start off with the familiar drums that are reminiscent of the sounds we heard on the self titled album Blink 182. The following guitar riff guides us into Mark’s familiar vocals which starts the rollercoaster ride that is Bored to Death. The chorus greets us with the punk rock tempo and sound we have come to love from Blink over the years. Mark’s voice sounds as good as it ever has and call me crazy, but it sounds like we even get a taste of Matt’s vocals as well.
If Bored to Death is any indication of what we can expect from the next album, it’s safe to say we will NOT be disappointed. I will admit, that part of me does miss Tom’s whining vocals, but Blink 182 is back and it seems that the new addition of Matt Skiba has helped the band rediscover their roots.
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