Blink-182 “barely spoke” during the recording of their last album ‘Neighborhoods’.
Speaking to Billboard, guitarist/frontman Tom DeLonge said the bands reformation, after a five-year hiatus, and the recording of their 2011 sixth studio album was anything but smooth.
He explained: “We weren’t even in the same room. We were barely talking; we were in different studios. No one really commented on each other’s parts, no one pressed anyone’s buttons. Everyone was on eggshells.”
Now back with a new EP, titled ‘Dogs Eating Dogs’, which is due for release on December 18, things are looking a lot more positive for the pop-punk trio despite splitting from their record label Interscope. “We’re connecting and laughing and making jokes and making fun of each other,” says DeLonge. “There was no laughing on ‘Neighbourhoods’.”
Speaking about the split from a major label, he added: “It was totally us. We’re ready to move on. At the same time, what (Interscope does) best and what they know how to do at this moment is more like hip-hop and R&B and pop music. There are a lot of labels that are doing really well with rock bands and they’re just not one of them. I just don’t think the partnership made any sense.”
The pop punk trio will be putting out their new EP in three different packages, including the Santa’s Lap package, which includes a t-shirt, limited edition poster, wrapping paper and a Christmas card, the Nice package, which includes a hoodie, wrapping paper and card and the Naughty package, which includes a shirt and card.
You can watch a video of the band’s 10 best songs at the bottom of the page.