Over the past two decades Blink 182 have cemented their status as rightful heirs to the pop-punk throne. With a legendary career-spanning discography at their disposal, including “Enema of The State”, “Take Off Your Jacket and Pants” and the self-titled “Blink 182”; the troublesome trio have manifested a universally recognised signature sound, which not only represents a golden age for musical reinvention and indie sub-culture, but reflects a generational shift within alternative music. Renowned for using charming and charismatic songwriting to disguise their vulgarity and bathroom humour; Blink 182 have become an arena-sized, hit-making machine, known for churning out gargantuan hooks and fruitful choruses more flavoursome than two pence sweet dispensers.
However, since the turbulent fallout of Tom Delonge’s departure – the leading mouthpiece and co-founder of Blink, the death of lifelong producer and dear friend Jerry Finn, and the post-replacement of Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba; much skepticism has surrounded the future of the band and what the new incarnation of Blink 182 will sound like.
Fast forward five years after 2011’s forgettable Neighbourhoods album and Blink 182 have silenced speculative fans with the explosive release of a graphic novel-esque lyric video entitled “Bored to Death”; the spine-tingling first single from the “Rock Show” rockers’ long-awaited sixth studio album; “California”. Recorded by veteran producer and Goldfinger frontman, John Feldmann has an aptitude for transforming songs into fully fledged head-bangers – demonstrated through his collaborations with 5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low, Panic! At The Disco, Black Veil Brides, We Came As Romans and Electric Love.
Compacted with a conglomeration of rampant guitar licks, riveting bass-lines and rambunctious drum solos, “Bored to Death” features the emotional integrity of “Missing You”, the euphoric elation of “What’s My Age Again?”, and the philosophic sensuality of “Up All Night” – a testament to all of their previous work. The lyricism is conceptual and terse, with Mark Hoppus narrating the trials and tribulations of a tedious and estranged relationship. He extorts “There’s an echo pulling out the meaning, rescuing a nightmare from a dream” and “The voices in my head are always screaming, that none of this means anything to me” with painstaking trepidation in his voice – gifting his most Herculaneum vocal performance since 2003’s “Always”. Additionally, Matt Skiba’s backing vocals effortlessly compliment the track’s soaring instrumentation and Hoppus’ angelic choral harmonies – a valiant and spirited contribution to the song.
Although “Bored to Death” may highlight a lack of progression for Blink 182 stylistically and sonically – by returning to their distinctive hybrid sound of roaring guitars with fizzing distortion instead of experimenting with different musical genres and utilising electronic equipment such as drum machines and electronic beat pads – fans will appreciate Mark, Travis and Matt sticking to their roots and Blink sounding quintessentially Blink.
Check out the “Bored to Death” lyric video here:
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Written and published by James Macdonald.