Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and ATL’s Alex Gaskarth unveiled the new band with the single ‘Drug’ last month as they announced details of their debut EP, which is also titled ‘Strange Love’.
The new track takes the form of an electro-tinged pop song with programmed beats and a bed of subtly euphoric synth melodies. You can watch the accompanying video for it, directed by Megan Thompson and Erik Rojas, below.
“‘Strange Love’ is the first glimpse into the Simple Creatures universe,” Hoppus said of the EP in a press release. “Cooked up in studios and basements around Los Angeles, we set out to push ourselves in musical directions that are new and exciting to us. Embracing new recording techniques and processes, we broke songs down to their barest bones and rebuilt them into musical Frankenstein monsters.
“From uptempo tracks like ‘Drug,’ to the ratty snarl of ‘Lucy,’ we’ve broken out of our own musical molds and built a world of trashy guitars, distorted synths, crushing programmed drums, and a whole lot of fun and noise.”
Gaskarth described it as a “proverbial foot-kicking-down-the-door to the house of Simple Creatures.” “The approach to writing was, ‘whatever makes us feel like we’re way outside of our comfort zone’,” he added. “We weren’t afraid to push each other and strive to get stranger.”
The pair are set to announce their first live dates imminently. The ‘Strange Love’ EP will be released on March 29 via BMG. The tracklisting is as follows:
‘How To Live’
Meanwhile, a recent tweet from Hoppus stunned some Blink-182 fans as they realised they’d been singing the wrong words to one of the band’s biggest hits. “Due to personal reasons I will be wearing cologne to get the feeling right,” he wrote, referencing the opening line of ‘What’s My Age Again’, prompting fans to “correct” him with what they believed to be the real lyric.