Mark Hoppus: New Blink Album Is Antidote To 'Dead Zone Of Good Music'

Bassist notes that his band's new record will respond to lack of good music this summer.

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Pop-punk stalwarts Blink-182 are currently working on the follow-up to their 2011 comeback album "Neighborhoods".

Speaking to NME, bassist Mark Hoppus has stated that he intends the album to provide an antidote to the lack of "great new music" that he experienced over the summer: "I've kind of been in a dead-zone lately... I feel like this summer was kind of devoid of a lot of great new music. The new [Brookyn indie dance duo] Matt & Kim album is coming out, I'm excited about that, the Mumford and Sons album I like... but, yeah, other than that it's been kind of a dry summer."

In the interview, Hoppus also notes his role in breaking Mumford and Sons, claiming that their first ever filmed interview was on his television show, A Different Spin: "When they were just, like, a small, tiny little band, that people maybe kind of heard "Little Lion Man" and that was it, we had them on the show."

The bassist/vocalist also alluded to the progress of the new Blink record, which was announced to be in the works at the beginning of the year: "Early next week I go back to Los Angeles to record an iTunes session for Blink-182, and we're starting to write the new record right now."

"We're going to tour Australia in February with Blink... [so the] proper tour and the new album probably won't happen for about a year."

Drummer Travis Barker has noted his enthusiasm for the new record, stating: "I feel like the best is yet to come, the next album is going to be exciting."

Agree that 2012 was a dry year for music? Or do you think that the Blink bassist was looking for new bands in the wrong places? Let us know in the comments.

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    He says the summer was "kind of devoid of a lot of great new music" and that they're "starting to write the new record right now". Come on UG. You've just put the two together and created a completed lie for a headline.
    It's been written here so many times (so it MUST be true, LOL) that there is no lack of good music today. You just gotta turn off that fkken radio/TV and go out and find it.
    No, the MAINSTREAM music is lacking. Not music in general, there's good music out there, go find it, you won't find it on Fuse or MTV though.
    Was Neighbourhoods released in 2012? This year? jesus this year has dragged I swear it was older. But anyway I agree with him that mainstream music (which I have to say his band slots into too) as ever has been dry. Dryer than usual I think so yeah I agree with him. But like others have and will say - you can find plenty to listen to these days by just diverting slightly off the beaten track. And with albums from bands like The Sword and Kvelertak around the corner, I dont think 2012 has been a total write off.
    Damn, hadnt heard that Kvelertak was due with new material, awesome .
    Darth Wader
    Neighborhoods was an awesome album, albeit very different from past Blink 182 albums. I for one was glad for the progression and think Blink 182 was finally living up the potential. They are the best band with dual vocalists and Travis Barker is the BEST MODERN DRUMMER. Period. Excited to hear their new album when it comes out. And I while modern music does lack at times, I loved Gaslight Anthem's Handwritten, The Killer's Battle Born, Springsteen's Wrecking Ball, Linkin Park's Living Things, Keane's Strangeland, Lucero's Women And Work, and yeah Mumford & Sons new album was amazing.
    Maybe if people started listening to new bands such as Downfall of Gaia and releases on soundcloud instead of hanging on to bands that are past their prime then they would realize this year has had some fantastic releases!
    My list of excellent 2012 albums, both albums i bought and albums i still waiting to buy, is growing longer each day. Cant say i agree one bit.
    bold statement to make about bad music when your in "Blink 182"
    Dr Funkenstein
    "I feel like this summer was kind of devoid of a lot of great new music." You won't find it in the top 40. In which I'm sure we'll find your music very soon.