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Blink-182 Talk Recording 30 Songs in a Month and a Half for “California,” Staying Young and Bringing the Same Energy + What’s on Their Tour Rider

Blink-182 is back with their new album “California” after a 5-year hiatus. Showing their ever powerful fan base by knocking Drake out of the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart after 9 straight weeks, the crew sat down with Sway to talk music, staying young and their incredible friendship.

“California” marks the group’s 7th studio album and after a 5 year hiatus Sway asks Mark, Matt and Travis how they find their audience and how they expect people to find music. Travis is quick to respond saying he thinks YouTube is the new MTV, at last that’s what his kids use if they want to look up a long.

Capturing the angsty youth feel so well in the 90’s, the group has stayed the course. Mark jokes that he’s now an angsty ass grown up as he talks about staying young. Fortunately, they say, their job allows them to have fun day in and day out, helping their youthful mentality stay true.

After taking over a year to record their self titled album, Travis opens up about the creativity they brought to the “California” recording sessions, making over 30 songs in a month and a half.

During the rest of the conversation the guys joke about how their tour rider has changed. Mark has a bottle of wine for his wife while Travis opts for new underwear and Matt practices his yoga with a new pink camo mat. Watch the full interview above and grab your copy of “California” HERE.


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