When Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge spoke with Billboard about the band’s upcoming “dogs eating dogs” EP at the end of November, there was still plenty of recording and mixing to be done. Now, as the album’s Dec. 18 release date grows nearer, the band has released their first new song since 2011’s “Neighborhoods,” the holiday-appropriate “Boxing Day.” Get a first listen to the track below.
Following a hiatus that lasted four years (from 2005 to 2009), the band returned with the follow up to 2003’s “Blink-182,” 2011’s “Neighborhoods.” The set debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 322,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Now that band members DeLonge (guitar/vocals), Mark Hoppus (bass/vocals), and Travis Barker (drums) have had a year to reflect, they’ve parted ways with longtime label Interscope and are going in a new direction. “dogs eating dogs,” which has been available for pre-order on the band’s website since Nov. 19, will be released independently. It’s currently available only on Blink-182.com, in three $20-$100 packages that pair the digital EP with items like T-shirts and autographed holiday prints.
“dogs eating dogs” will be nothing like “Neighborhoods,” but it’s also not just a return to the band’s early releases, DeLonge told Billboard. The band is back together, working together in a way that they hadn’t been, even for years before the hiatus. “We’re connected and laughing and making jokes and making fun of each other, and really having strong debates whether or not we should have a whole chorus about penises,” DeLonge said.
He continued, “I mean that’s what Blink was always good at: Taking a great song and making it into a dick joke… But we never did that on ‘Neighborhoods.’ There was no laughing on ‘Neighborhoods.’ There were no dick jokes.”
The sound on “dogs eating dogs” is also a “more organic mixture” of the three members’ very different preferences, DeLonge explains. There’s even a track with hip-hop elements that he says is “very Travis,” something the band has never done before.
“It sounds like a very progressive punk-rock band,” DeLonge said of the new EP. “It’s prog-rock and punk all coming together and it’s very modern and relevant.”