Blink-182 Record Five New Songs


In a recent interview with NME, blink-182 drummer Travis Barker revealed that the band have recorded five new songs with guitarist Matt Skiba, including a track titled “Punk Rock Cliché”. In the interview, Barker shares about Skiba’s influence on the band’s music:

“Obviously, it’s Matt Skiba singing so there’s hints of Alkaline Trio, or at least Matt’s contributions to Alkaline Trio, mixed with my drumming and Mark’s voice and stuff. It’s really cool and I really love what we’ve done so far.”

You can read the full article at NME. What are your expectations for the next blink-182 record? Share your thoughts in the replies!

Posted by Kiel Hauck

It’s All Dead Podcast Episode: 011 – Long Live Blink-182


This week has been a rough one for blink-182 fans – the public bickering between Tom Delonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker has been hard to watch. What does the future hold for one of the scene’s flagship bands? Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz discuss the fallout and talk about the possible future for the band and its members. They also break down their favorite blink-182 albums, songs and memories. Listen in!

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Posted by Kiel Hauck

Man Overboard – Why the Best of Blink-182 May Be On Its Way


Let’s face it – it’s been a rough week. The news of Tom DeLonge’s ejection from Blink-182 hit everyone as an absolute shock, and no one apparently more than Tom himself. More bits of information are coming out every day, and at the moment, it’s turning into a ‘he said she said’ situation with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker giving us glimpses into the decision, and Tom responding in weird ways that display his disbelief at the announcement.

This is big. One thing to come out of this is that the fans of one of the most beloved pop punk bands in history are losing their goddamned minds. From the social media posts I’ve seen, supporters of Tom suggest that Blink-182 should call it quits, as it just won’t be the same without him. Supporters of Mark and Travis seem to think that this is how it should be and are more or less attacking and blaming Tom entirely for the trouble.

But I don’t think it will all be bad.

Right now, it sucks. It’s going to be a terrible spectacle for a while, but it will start to turn around. It’s a lot like a divorce in that it’s just a mess right now, but give it a year and everyone will be doing okay – perhaps even better. Mark and Travis claimed that they believe Tom didn’t want to be a part of Blink-182 and seemed disinterested. I tend to agree with this because of one fact: I’ve seen them play live a few times since their reunion.

I can’t speak for how Tom acted in the band’s prime or for every show after their reunion. But I did see them in Indianapolis on their initial reunion tour and at Riot Fest two years ago. Mark and Travis nearly burst with energy on the stage, especially Mark as he skipped from end to end. Tom stood motionless for most of the show and repeatedly forgot lyrics and messed up playing the guitar. Even at Riot Fest, three years after the first time I’d seen them, he still played messily.

From the interviews given, Mark and Travis seem to be desperate to play and write more material for Blink-182. Unlike Tom, this is their main project and it seems apparent that they’re ready to go. If you’ve ever had a friend that you find yourself constantly having to appease in order to do anything, you can understand that dilemma on Mark and Travis’s side and how liberating it is to finally be free of that baggage. This is one of the things that I feel validates their arguments.

Everyone loves Blink-182. Their music is a staple to the pop punk genre, but Tom DeLonge doesn’t really play that style of music anymore. Angels & Airwaves is vastly different, his writing has drifted away from the genre to the point that even the last Blink-182 album sounded more like a modded Angels & Airwaves album. I’ve always felt that Tom is like a George Lucas figure; he helped create something amazing, but maybe he can’t see it for what it is anymore. After all, they are men in their forties playing songs to teens.

Bringing in Matt Skiba is a good start. Even if he isn’t a permanent member, having new blood will give a boost to the band. Everyone who plays pop punk dreams of being Blink-182. If every new album or tour features a new guitarist, or if Skiba becomes a permanent member, there’s a chance that they know how to play and write a Blink-182 song better than the actual band members.

Bands have long survived losing their main songwriters and singers. AC/DC survived Bon Scott, AFI survived replacing Mark Stopholese with Jade Puget, and New Found Glory have survived the departure of Steve Klein. It’s not the same, but it’s the type of thing to jump start a band who has seemed stunted even though they reformed six years ago.

Maybe it won’t be what the band was in their heyday, but if legends like Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker can’t bring the most out of a new guitarist, absolutely nothing will. Blink-182’s sound has been shifting since their Self-Titled in 2003, so a new guitarist’s style won’t be too much of a departure. Since Mark wrote a good amount of Blink’s back catalogue (“What’s My Age Again?”, “The Rock Show”, “Adam’s Song”), it’s not as if the entire writing chops of the band are gone. Some of the humor might even start to find its way back. It’s what the band needs after all of this.

While I hate that Tom wouldn’t be a part of it, it’s not like he’s down and out by any means. From an outside perspective, it has always seemed like he’s put much more attention towards Angels & Airwaves than Blink-182. Without the pressure of having to collaborate and write Blink on the side, A&A only stands to benefit from not having to split the attention. It’s horrible that he’s gone, but it might just be what he’s always wanted, since so much of his time has been exploring other mediums of art and new musical genres.

If anything, the worst aspect of this is that Tom has a lengthy history of being hard to work with and the method of delivery for the news really gave him the shaft. He’s definitely correct in that “there’s more to the story,” but he may have been too distracted by so many projects to see the trouble brewing. I doubt we’ll ever get to hear the full story behind everything, which directly blames Tom for the issues within the band. While I doubt this to be completely true, it does mirror a lot of the well known things that broke the band up in 2005.

This is all speculation, but I’m not worried. We’ve always known the inner Blink circle to be ‘dysfunctional,’ so I’m not too shocked by this week’s developments. I’m excited to see what both parties do artistically from here on out. Blink-182 are a foundation, and the next phase of their career is about to take a weird turn. Angels & Airwaves are a good band, and now there is a total freedom that Tom hasn’t had since his second album. It’s exciting and honest. If they can avoid writing songs bashing each other (such as +44’s “No, It Isn’t”), there’s a good chance we’re in for some incredibly exciting music in the next year or so.

by Kyle Schultz

kyle_catKyle Schultz is the Senior Editor at It’s All Dead and has worked as a gaming journalist at Structure Gaming. He lives in Chicago and yells at the rain on occasion. He also wants to play you in FIFA.

Mark Hoppus and Tom Delonge Speak Their Minds on blink-182


Everything seemed quiet on the blink-182 front today until more words were spilled late in the day. Mark Hoppus took part in an interview with Alternative Press and seemed to clarify that the band will be moving forward without Tom Delonge. Whether that means Matt Skiba will serve as a long-term replacement remains to be seen. You can read a clip of the interview below:

The thing is we’ve tried to get Tom to engage [in Blink activity], and everything has been a very, very difficult struggle to get anything done with Blink for the last two years. Everything from getting a label deal done to even playing shows, and trying to get Tom into a studio. We’ve been trying that for the past two years. The ideal situation was two years ago when we said we were going to go into a studio and get working and it never happened. I think those days and that wishful thinking are gone.

Also this evening, Delonge posted a long explanation of his side of the story to his Facebook page. Below is an excerpt:

And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday.

Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.

The past two days have been revealing in many ways, but also painful for the band and their fans. Coming later this week, we’ll talk about this week’s events on the official It’s All Dead Podcast and reflect on our favorite blink-182 songs, albums and moments.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker Open up about Tom Delonge and Address the Future of Blink-182


Rolling Stone spoke with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker about the situation with Tom Delonge and his status as a member of blink-182. It seems clear from the interview that Delonge is out. Below is a quote from Barker:

I think he’s just bummed because Mark and I were finally honest. We always covered up for him before. It was always, “We’re going to record an album,” then “Tom refuses to get into the studio without a record deal.” So everyone does hella amounts of work to get a record deal and now Tom isn’t part of Blink-182. It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful. You don’t even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related. You have your manager do it. Everyone should know what the story is with him and it’s been years with it.

Today’s events have been quite confusing for blink fans, leaving everyone wondering what in the hell was going on. This evening’s interview seems to clear the air to some extent – Tom Delonge is no longer a part of blink-182 and the long-term future of the band as we know it may be in serious question.

What are your thoughts on today’s events? Let us know in the replies.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Has Tom Delonge Left blink-182?


UPDATE #2: According to multiple reports, Tom Delonge is still, in some shape or form, a member of blink-182. However, the capacity in which he can dedicate himself to the band seems to be what’s in question. Below is a statement from Delonge’s publicist:

Contrary to reports, Tom DeLonge has not left Blink 182. “I never quit the band,” he says. “Actually, I was on the phone discussing a possible Blink-182 event in New York City when I heard the ‘news.’ The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I’m not leaving.”


UPDATE: Tom Delonge has posted a response to the recent news of his departure on his Facebook page. Read his statement below:

To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ….. ‪#‎Awkward‬ ‪#‎BabyBackRibs‬

In rather shocking news, a report from CBS Radio has come in that Tom Delonge has left blink-182. Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will be filling in for the band as they play the 8th annual Musink Music and Tattoo Festival. Whether the band will continue with recording a new album remains to be seen. A statement from the band’s publicist can be seen below:

Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Musink Music and Tattoo Festival. “We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.” Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project. “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.” Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.

What does the future hold for blink-182? Do you think we’ll ever get a new album? Share your thoughts in the replies.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Blink-182’s self-titled album turns 10


As hard as it is to believe, today is the 10th anniversary of blink-182’s self-titled album. Amongst a large collection of classic records turning ten years old this year, the album is a classic in the pop-punk scene and is considered by many to be the band’s best work. What are your thoughts?

Share your memories of the album and favorite songs in the replies. Also, don’t forget to take a listen to our recent podcast in which we discuss many of the classic albums turning ten this year.