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Blink-182's Mark Hoppus talks about the tension involved with making the new album

Mark Hoppus has admitted that the band thrive on "tension".

The bassist was speaking to NME recently about the recording of the new album ‘Neighborhoods’, which involved him and drummer Travis Barker recording in Los Angeles while guitarist Tom Delonge would lay down parts in his studio in San Franciso.

When asked if it was strange for the band to not be recording in the same room, Hoppus said “That’s the tension we need in Blink. I think it is the way forward for us. It’s the way we can all work together and explore all of our ideas. In the past, when we’ve all been in the same room, you’re recording your parts while the other guys are sitting around waiting and this way enables each of us to explore every single idea we might have, in our own time, in our own comfort space.”

He continued: "One of us will have an idea and then the other one will suggest something different and want to change it. That tension is what makes Blink sound like Blink."

 Hoppus said the band believe their first studio album for eight years is their most "well written" yet and is also their darkest. “We’ve had people say to us that they think the songs sound more mature, which is probably right, but we've tried to stay away from that word [mature], because every album we've released after 'Enema Of The State' has been called 'the mature Blink record’. But I think, lyrically, it’s a little darker than the stuff we normally do, I think the songs are more intricately structured, I think the parts are more well written.” 

'Neighborhoods will be released on Monday September 26.

For any die-hard Blink-182 fans out there, it’s definitely worth checking out the full interview mark did with NME here

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