Band:Blink-182 Location: London, England’s Brixton Academy Date: July 25, 2012
The sun certainly made Blink feel welcome to London, as it looked more like Coronado Beach than Brixton last night for their last gig in the UK this tour. The fans were out in the skimpiest of summer clothing as this is the first real week of summer London has yet to see; vests, shorts and converse were the most popular combo, but the ladies were not afraid to show a bit of flesh even during the proceedings of the gig. The boys, touching late 30’s were still happy to see that the females were as eager to show a bit of under-garment as they did back in the late 90’s when the band were busting out tunes like “All The Small Things” for the first time.
Brixton Academy certainly looked at its finest last night with a set up that you’d presume a relatively new band would be gracing the stage with, but no, they just want to show the fans a good time and that’s exactly what happened, with the band been no less than 20ft away from the front row. The venue was rammed and it was time for the support slot to come on; Watford born boys Lower than Atlantis gave it a shot and to be fair to the boys, they did pretty damn well. I mean, it’s not gonna be easy supporting any big band when you’re the only support slot on, but having to warm the crowd up for Blink, I have to give them a pat on the back, frontman ‘Mike Duce’ certainly gave it his all and then some. At one point even trying out a classic ‘Hulk Hogan’ ear salute to the crowd, and when it failed replying, “That was a tad Butlins wasn’t it?” and a lot of people had time for that kind of banter. Although, their actual playing and performance didn’t meet up to the mark and I would have liked to see someone more tight and professional filling that 30 minute slot they luckily received from God knows where. LTA seem like a great bunch of guys, but come on promoters, supporting Blink, wake up and listening to the great bands out there that deserve this instead of putting some FAD on that won’t last more than three years from now.
So it was time for Blink to come on as the black curtain of excitement drops, everyone’s screams simmer into the pits of their stomach where the butterflies have been dwelling, waiting to burst out full throttle back and forth across the room. Get ready for action, “Feeling This” opens the set and fans automatically charge towards the front, crowd surfing along the 5000 people venue. The atmosphere was never tainted with any negativity as everyone was enthralled with the spectacular and legendary pop punk band stood before them. It just got bigger and better for fans as they did not stop playing hit after of hit with classics such as; “All The Small Things”, “What’s My Age Again?”, and “Man Overboard”. They even intervened with an acoustic set of four songs including “Going Away To College” and “Roller Coaster”, which was a new experiment for Blink to try out this tour and they knocked it out the park and had fans dancing throughout. Travis even played “Can a Drummer Get Some?” off of his own debut solo album which had fans going wild throughout the venue.
Mark, Tom and Travis’ relationship seemed like it was better than ever. Mark was the most talkative of the bunch and often spoke to the crowd getting them warmed up even more so than needed. Tom and Travis had a little mix up during the set, as timing was of the essence; luckily it was just during “The Blowjob Song”. Tom went on to say on twitter last night; “I think this is the best time of Blink 182’s career, and we will be carrying on doing great things in the near future.” I hope they do as this is band that will never get old even with the next generation of music lovers to come. I’m happy I got to see this band during this point of this career.
Recently, it has become increasingly common for the younger generation of musicians to make a name for themselves before they even break the age of 20. About a week ago, I had a chance to talk to Chris of Vegas Is North, who “started the band back in [his] junior year of high school,” and has kept it going ever since, even adding two seventeen year olds to the fold as well.
Can you tell me how long you guys have played music for?
I (Chris) have been playing guitar ever since I was in the sixth grade. I’m nineteen right now. I started the band back in my junior year of high school.
Does being in a band at such a young age affect your career in any way?
It absolutely does, luckily were learning the rights and wrongs at a younger age rather then us being older with more burdens. Our bassist and drummer are both seventeen.
With the many pop-punk bands that currently exist in the scene, how does Vegas Is North stand out?
We are pushing our genre out a little bit more now. We’ve been in the pop-punk scene for awhile now we are expanding our horizons to see where this will take us.
You recently released your new EP I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. What makes it different from your previously released self-titled EP?
I believe it has a huge difference. Lyrical and musically. I feel I started to learn to write better lyrics and just be a better musician all around.
What was the writing process like for the new EP?
It was me in my room just pouring my heart on to these songs.
Are there any artists that were a big influence on the music in I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead?
I was listening to a lot of earlier 2000 pop-punk bands, like New Found Glory and Blink-182 at the time. They played a huge influence on this EP.
“Parking Lot Kings” has some great lines, what inspired the lyrics on that song?
Honestly just being stuck in a point in your life where you feel like your not going anywhere. Where you just feel stuck.
You guys recently put-out a music video for “Parking Lot Kings”, is this your first music video? If so, what was the experience like?
Yes we did! Which you can watch on Youtube right now! It was awesome and we feel a lot more legit as a band. We’re moving fast, so expect to see a lot of us in the future.
Are you planning to go on any tours to support the new EP?
We are currently working on a tour right now you can stay updated with us on our social websites.
You guys recently announced that you were releasing your single “Savior” on the 17th. What can your fans expect from the new song?
A new us.
Other than “Savior”, can we expect to hear any new material in the near future?
We have been writing non stop, so there will be tons of new music in the future! Stay tuned with us on our Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube!
If blink-182‘s return wasn’t nostalgic enough for you, we now have “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”, the lead single from the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ new album. I’m With You, out August 30th via Warner Bros. Records, will be the band’s tenth studio album and the first since Californication without John Frusciante on guitar. Nevertheless, Josh Klinghoffer’s guitar lines on the new single carry Frusciante overtones and the entire song sounds like a modern spin on the classic Chili Pepper funk. Welcome back, Chili Peppers.
You can listen to the song after the break, courtesy of KROQ.
Pop-punk legends blink-182 have just premiered “Up All Night”, the first single from their upcoming sixth studio album and the band’s first in eight years. “Up All Night” has actually existed in some form since 2009, but was never actually released because the band never finished recording it.
Two years later, the song has finally been released in its full form, with the band posting it on their official website and debuting it on Los Angeles radio station KROQ. “Up All Night” sounds like classic Blink — not the energetic, fun Blink you hear on their other lead singles — but that’s forgivable considering the fact that the band has already been around for nearly two decades. Times have changed, and we’re okay with it.
What do you think? You can listen to the single after the break.
Mark Hoppus (blink-182) is auctioning off rare blink-182 memorabilia, with all proceeds being donated to the American Red Cross to to aid relief efforts in Japan. The first item being auctioned off is a 1999 promo CD of the Enema of the State single “What’s My Age Again?”, taken directly from Hoppus’s personal collection. You can bid for the CD here.
UPDATE: The second auction has been posted. Mark is auctioning off the original lyric sheets for “The Rock Show”. You can bid for the lyrics here.
Blink 182 plan on delivering their new record in April or May and then release the album soon afterward. Read a new studio update from Mark Hoppus here.
“We have a date for the completion of the album. We want to deliver the record in April or May, for release very soon afterward. That’s our goal. That’s what we’re all working toward. That being said, the only thing more important to us than getting the record out in that time is getting a GREAT record out. If it isn’t absolutely ready at that point, we’ll keep working until it is. But that’s the plan. Everything is starting to coalesce, and it’s very exciting to begin the next chapter of blink-182.”