The moment of truth is finally upon us. Blink 182 have released their first piece of music since they booted Tom DeLonge all the way out of the group. It's a sad time but we're moving right along.
"Bored To Death" is the epic four minute homage to vintage Blink. Someone has clearly revisited the back catalog for inspiration because they've certainly returned to their roots. If ever there was a case for the everlasting nature of good early to mid 2000s pop punk, it's Blink 182's "Bored To Death".
The song features the new lineup of Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio) and is the first single from their upcoming California album.
Blink-182 will release there new album on July 1st. Which happens to be the 182nd day of the year...— Mikey V (@MikeyV___) April 28, 2016
Even better news for fans of Blink 182, All Time Low, and A Day To Remember. A US tour which kicks off July 22 will feature all three bands, plus a guest appearance from your 8th grade faves, All American Rejects. It's about to go down.
It's easy to forget that Blink has 24 years of music under their belt.
To realize how we got here, let's take a trip down Blink memory lane.
1992 - Tom DeLonge meets Mark Hoppus. They form a band called Duck Tape until DeLonge thinks of the name Blink 182. Travis Barker has not yet joined the band.
1993 - The three of them record two demos in one year.
1994 - The boys sign with Cargo records and release their debut album, Cheshire Cat
1997 - Dude Ranch is their first commercially viable release. It sells 1.5 million copies.
1998 - Travis Barker joins Blink 182.
1999 - Enema Of The State is born and so is the iconic "What's My Age Again"
2000 - Blink achieve their first US #1 with "All The Small Things"
2005 - Tom DeLonge leaves Blink 182 prompting a four year hiatus. Tom begins work on side project, Angels and Airwaves.
2009 - Blink 182 announce they have re-formed, saying, "To put it simply, we're back."
2011 - The band release sixth studio album, Neighborhoods.
2015 -After years of internal strife Mark Hoppus shares an Instagram post captioned, "Blink 182 rehearsals"; Tom says he is "willing and interested" in returning to the band.
2016 - The new line up of Hoppus, Barker, and Skiba share new single, "Bored To Death" and announce new album, California.