Tom DeLonge Admits That He Was "Too Heavy-Handed" When Changing Blink-182's Sound

But 2011's 'Neighborhoods' was still "genius"
Tom DeLonge Admits That He Was 'Too Heavy-Handed' When Changing Blink-182's Sound
Blink-182's Neighborhoods recently turned 10, marking a decade since the band's classic-era lineup of Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker recorded together. DeLonge has now reflected back on that album, calling it "genius" while also admitting that he wasn't fully successful when trying to change Blink-182's sound.

Speaking with ABC Audio [via 105.7 The Point], DeLonge admitted that he was "too heavy-handed" when incorporating atmospheric influences into Blink's pop-punk sound, and that Hoppus and Barker were "probably rightfully hesitant" about the direction.

But still, despite admitting the album's flaws, he also asserted, "On the moments where [Neighborhoods] really gelled, it's pretty fucking rad." He compared it to the Beastie Boys' legendary 1989 album Paul's Boutique, saying, "It was different, and it was genius in its own way. But it took people a few years to understand why it mattered so much."

Excitingly, he also explained how he will incorporate the lessons he learned on Neighborhoods into his possible next album with Blink-182, should he rejoin the band like he's been teasing. He said, "Knowing that I've gotten so much out of my system with this type of music with Angels & Airwaves, I don't need Blink to land here, like I might've 10 years ago." 

Last month, DeLonge said he was "down" for a Blink-182 reunion, adding, "We always talk about playing together again. I think that's definitely something we're all interested in." Hoppus said that he was "open to anything."

Exclaim! recently interviewed DeLonge about his favourite Blink-182 memories and "paranormal stuff."