Although Blink 182’s new self-titled Geffen release is being perceived as a step toward maturity, guitarist/vocalist Tom Delonge tells Billboard.com the album is just a snapshot of where the band is today.
“Actually, the worst thing in the world that could happen is people think we are trying to make some big bold statement,” says Delonge. “That’s why we try to say it is not self-titled, it is just untitled. We didn’t want to label it with anything. We didn’t want to label it with a joke title that people might expect. We didn’t want to label it with some serious phrase that the whole record would have to somehow relate to. We left it untitled so it would speak for itself.”
Still, this is Blink-182, the same band whose catalog includes such album names as “Take off Your Pants and Jacket” and “Enema of the State.” With that in mind, Delonge discloses “Diarrhea de Janeiro,” “Vasectomy, Vasect-a-you” and “Our Pet Sounds” as rejected, but highly funny and quintessentially Blink-182-sounding album titles.
Perhaps it is the last discarded Beach Boys allusion that epitomizes the current mindset of the punk/pop threesome, which invariably challenged itself on the new disc in the form of slightly more elaborate songwriting and less novelty-based songs. There’s also a legitimacy attached to the 14-track release thanks to a guest appearance by the Cure’s Robert Smith on the song “All of This.”
“It was like a dream come true,” says Delonge. “We sent the music to him in England of what was on the record. I didn’t think he would be [interested in contributing] only because, who knew what his perception was of our band in the past? But what he said was, ‘Nobody knows what kind of songs you are going to write in the future and nobody knows the full potential of any band. I really like the music you sent me,’ and he wanted to do it. And it was just amazing.”
“I think at this point in our career, we are better musicians and we’ve evolved our way of thinking as far as songwriting,” Delonge continues. “And I think people automatically point to that as being ‘Alright, we’ve grown up.’ And we have — we are older than we used to be. And we do think differently than we used to about certain things. But in some ways, we’re still the same old retards that we’ve always been.”
Blink-182 ends a short club tour Friday (Nov. 21) in its hometown of San Diego. After a few holiday radio shows, the group will gear up for larger stateside tour in the spring.