Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus: ‘This band needs tension’

The bassist adds that 'Neighborhoods' is the band's most 'well written' LP

Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus has admitted that the band thrive on “tension”.

The bassist has spoken to NME about the recording of new album ‘Neighborhoods’, which saw him and drummer Travis Barker recording in Los Angeles while guitarist Tom Delonge would lay down parts in his studio in San Diego.

Asked whether it felt strange not recording in the same room, Hoppus said that he felt this was the “tension we need in Blink” and that this manner of recording was the way forward for the band.


He added:

That’s the tension we need in Blink. I think it is the way forward for us. It’s the way we can all work together and explore all of our ideas. In the past, when we’ve all been in the same room, you’re recording your parts while the other guys are sitting around waiting and this way enables each of us to explore every single idea we might have, in our own time, in our own comfort space.

He continued: “One of us will have an idea and then the other one will suggest something different and want to change it. That tension is what makes Blink sound like Blink.”

Hoppus said that the band believe their first studio album for eight years is their most “well written” yet and is also their darkest.

He said:

We’ve had people say to us that they think the songs sound more mature, which is probably right, but we’ve tried to stay away from that word [mature], because every album we’ve released after ‘Enema Of The State’ has been called ‘the mature Blink record’. But I think, lyrically, it’s a little darker than the stuff we normally do, I think the songs are more intricately structured, I think the parts are more well written.

‘Neighborhoods’ is released on Monday (September 26).

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