Blink-182 Return with 'California' Album, Share "Bored to Death"
Published Apr 27, 2016If the sun just started shining a little brighter and you started feeling just a little more suburban angst than usual, don't be surprised. You're feeling that way because the Beatles of pop punk, Blink-182, have just dropped a brand new single.
UPDATE (4/27, 10 p.m.): Pre-orders for California have now gone live, confirming the album will arrive on July 1. That's indeed the album cover above, and you can check out the 16-song tracklist below. Yes, there is a song on there called "Brohemian Rhapsody."
"Bored to Death" is the first song from the band since their conscious uncoupling from founding guitarist Tom DeLonge, and as such it's the first Blink song in a while that's not trying to sound like Coldplay.
Instead, with the Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba in tow, the group have delivered a sun-soaked radio rock anthem that'll appeal to the band's massive worldwide fan base.
There are elements of Blink songs past (from Travis Barker's effects-laden drums to the opening guitar line), but there's also plenty of new ideas in the explosive pop song. Skiba's vocals are a perfect replacement for DeLonge, offering a similar high tone without over-enunciating every damn syllable. And the whole thing closes out with a huge singalong.
Listen to "Bored to Death" below, and stay tuned for more information on Blink-182's upcoming California project as it becomes available.
UPDATE (4/28, 11 a.m.): Blink-182 have now announced a massive North American tour. You can see all the dates here.
UPDATE 2 (4/28, 1:30 p.m.): In a live appearance on KROQ, Blink-182 shared the album tracks "Built This Pool" and "Brohemian Rhapsody." They're both incredibly dumb and incredibly short. Listen below.
2. Bored to Death
3. She's out of Her Mind
4. Los Angeles
6. Built This Pool
7. No Future
8. Home Is Such a Lonely Place
9. Kings of the Weekend
10. Teenage Satellites
11. Left Alone
12. ExplicitRabbit Hole
13. San Diego
14. The Only Thing That Matters
16. Brohemian Rhapsody