According to Radio.com, the trio – which now features former touring member Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba subbing in for DeLonge – played eight new songs for Lisa Worden, Music Director at Los Angeles’ KROQ. “We can expect to hear the first song in April,” said Worden, who has heard every Blink album before its release.
“I think any fan of Blink-182 is going to be ecstatic when they hear the music. I really do! It sounds like Blink-182 but it sounds like Blink in 2016. Lyrically it’s clever,” she said of the songs she heard, which primarily feature bassist/singer Mark Hoppus on vocals and harmonies from Skiba.
Veteran California punker Skiba joined Blink as a touring member last year following a public battle between DeLonge and the duo of Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker just before sessions for the album were slated to begin.
Worden described some songs as leaning toward the more rocking direction of 1997’s Dude Ranch, with a helping of Blink’s signature comedic lyrics as well as a Hoppus ballad that she said sounded “amazing.” She also praised the “really big” sound captured by producer and former Goldfinger singer John Feldmann, who has recently worked with 5 Seconds of Summer.