Blink-182 Say Deluxe Version of 'California' Is "Like a Whole Other Album"
Published Dec 21, 2016Pop-punk masters Blink-182 made their triumphant return in 2016 with the release of their new album California. As we learned in our Timeline, the group admitted that the writing process resulted in dozens of new songs. As such, it should come as no surprise that they continue to write new tracks.
Speaking with Billboard, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker explained that the deluxe version of California will contain a massive batch of new material.
"It's almost, it's more than a whole other record, it's a double album at this point and it's more of an extension of what we did in the studio earlier," Hoppus said. "Some of the songs were songs that we did not put on the first album, but are great songs. And some are brand new that we just wrote last week, a lot of high-energy songs, punk rock, some more ballad-y songs, a little more electronic experimentation, it's a good mix. It's not a collection of throwaway songs, it's like a whole other album."
Barker agreed, adding, "We're working on the deluxe album and I got in a conversation with [producer John] Feldmann this morning. I was like, 'Dude, we got a problem, the deluxe album might even be better than California.' It's a good problem to have, but, oh shit, it's incredible.
"It's kind of like a mind fuck because it should almost be a new album. But it just goes to show how natural and organic things are happening and how fun this process has been because it's not hard to go write great songs and make fun music that we love creating and listening to. And the results are great. The deluxe album will be neck-and-neck with California. It's in no way fillers."
Some song titles for the new tracks include "Wildfire," "Parking Lot" and "Misery." Barker wagers they've got 14 new songs that they're considering for the release, though no arrival date has been provided just yet.