Mark Hoppus: ‘Blink-182 writing expansive new album’

Bassist says comeback album is inspired by "heavy stuff" of recent years

Mark Hoppus has said that Blink-182 have “about three or four songs done” for their comeback album.

The trio, who today (December 15) have been announced as headliners of next year’s Oxegen festival, have been back in the studio working on the follow-up to their 2003 self-titled album.

Hoppus, who was speaking at MTV’s Jingle Bell Ball, said that it’s still early days in the album’s creation. He said: “We’re still just barely getting into the whole writing process. We have about three or four songs done.”

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The bassist added that the new songs took in elements of the whole of the band’s career. “I wouldn’t say it’s a dark record; I think it’s really an expansive record. There’s stuff that sounds like what we were doing on the last Blink record, and there’s stuff that sounds like what we were doing ten years ago and stuff that we’ve never done before.”

Hoppus also said that the band’s new material would be inspired by the events they have gone through in recent years, which include drummer Travis Barker being involved in a plane crash in 2008, which killed four other passengers.

“We’ve gone through a lot of really heavy stuff over the past few years,” Hoppus said. “There’s plenty of heavy stuff to write about. I think in moments it will [be dark].”

Blink-182 tour the UK in July 2011.

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