After a six-year wait, Blink-182 fans finally have some new music. The pop-punk veterans unveiled "Up All Night," the first single from their self-produced new album, Thursday night (July 14).
"Up All Night" sounds as ripe for a stadium sing-along as any previous Blink single, with guitarists Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge singing, "And all these demons/They keep me up all night," before Travis Barker pummels his drum kit and the soaring chorus kicks in. The verse and bridge riffs retain their palm-muted glory, but the track's main riff is much heavier than anything in previous Blink singles.
Hoppus also announced the name and release date of the album via his Google+ account on Friday morning (July 15). He posted: "The new blink-182 album will be titled "Neighborhoods," and is tentatively scheduled for release September 27nd!!"
The singer has been using his new Google+ account to connect with fans, answering questions and even leaking clips of the new single during public video chats, or "hangouts," leading up to the track's release. He also debuted the "Up All Night" single artwork Thursday afternoon on Google+.
On Wednesday, Blink-182 announced that "Up All Night" would premiere on Friday morning on Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM, but the track was posted in full to their official website the night before. In a conference call last month, Hoppus hinted that Blink-182's new music would feature an updated sound after the group reunited in 2009.
"We have songs...that are madly different and experimental, (and) songs that are prog-rock blink music, taking a blink song but (adding) stadium rock qualities to it," says Hoppus. "I really think we have a tremendous, diverse palette. We will have the album that I think is really modern and relevant to where we are in our career."
Blink-182 will continue keeping fans "Up All Night" when they embark on the Honda Civic Tour with My Chemical Romance, which kicks off Aug. 5 in Holmdel, N.J.
(Additional reporting by Sarah Maloy)