New Interview With Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus

It’s impossible to be a fan of pop/punk and not like Blink-182, right? Absolute Punk has a new interview up today with Mark Hoppus — and I pulled out a few bits regarding new music and the possibility of an record anniversary show. #musicrules

Take a look.

The last main thing Blink did was Dogs Eating Dogs at the end of last year, which was the first time you self-released as a band. Looking back on that now how do you think that whole thing went?

It was cool. I like Dogs Eating Dogs. I like the creative energy. I liked how it was just impulsive. We had just gotten off the label, and Tom called up and was like, “Why don’t we record an EP in time for Christmas?” We were like, “All right, cool.” I got on a plane to L.A., we recorded it in about two weeks, and then it was out. The downside of us not having a label was once it came out we just got lazy and never printed actual CDs or anything, you can only buy it online. It was great because of the immediacy of it all, but it was kind of a drag because of the logistics of it all.

I know a lot of fans are going to be curious about the next record. How far along are you on that whole process right now?

We’re just talking to labels now. We met with a bunch of labels while we were out on tour. We’re getting offers from labels right now. We’re figuring out what the recording schedule is going to be and going from there.

I think the plan is to start recording sometime early next year, right?

Yeah, after the holidays I plan on flying out and getting into the studio with Tom and Travis and starting to hash out the next record. I’m excited.

Are you still planning on writing most of it when you’re all in the same physical location?

I hope so. I think that’s when we do our best work. When we did the Untitled album, we had some riffs and some parts here and there. Tom had some skeletons of songs, I had some skeletons of songs, but basically we wrote all together and it was really a great creative process. I want to do more of that rather than everybody going into their own corner, working on stuff, and then coming back.

And on anniversary shows…

One of the big trends in music in these days, especially among bands that have been around as long as you have, is doing these special anniversary tours or anniversary re-releases of albums. Would you ever consider doing a re-release of an album or playing an album front-to-back live?

Ha ha! Can’t tell you!

Whoa, so I’m assuming you guys have thought about that then [laughs]?

We are open to the idea.

I know the 10th anniversary for Untitled is coming up in a month or so…

Yeah, like November 13th? 18th?

Yeah, the 18th I believeYeah, around then. It’ll be 10 years.

You can read the full interview here. It’s a good read.

Are you hoping for a new album from Blink-182 this year?

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