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New Blink-182 Album on the Way After Summer ‘Devoid of Great Music’

Bassist Mark Hoppus will breathe life back into musical "dead-zone"

Blink-182 are headed back into the studio to make up for all the lackluster releases of the past few months — a period of time Mark Hoppus considers to have been a “dead-zone.”

The Blink bassist and occasional talk show host tells the NME: “I feel like this summer was kind of devoid of a lot of great music. The new Matt & Kim album is coming out, I’m exicted about that, the Mumford & Sons album I like… but, yeah, other than that it’s been kind of a dry summer.”

(Beg your pardon, Mark, but we’re afraid you may have missed a few exceptional summer releases while you were out on your 20th anniversary tour. Travis Barker gets a pass because he was sick. But do check out Frank Ocean’s channel Orange, Japandroid’s Celebration Rock, and Swans’ The Seer. You know, when you have a sec.)

No word on whether the upcoming Blink record will be a return to the masturbation jokes of yore or a retread of the low-key, masturbatory confessionals of last year’s comeback album Neighborhoods. They’ve got time to figure it out. About to take their current tour to Australia, Hoppus says the new album “probably won’t happen for about a year.”