Blink-182 is an American rock band formed in San Diego, California in 1992 and has recorded a total of 7 albums. The band currently consists of Mark Hoppus (lead vocalist, bassist), Travis Barker (drummer), and Matt Skiba (guitarist, vocalist). Blink-182 is incredibley influencial in the music industry and has been known as one of the key developers of pop punk. The band underwent some conflict when former guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge departed and was replaced by Skiba in 2015.
“Bored to Death” is Blink-182’s first single off of their highly anticipated album “California” which is set to be released July 1st, 2016. When I first listened to the song, I thought it was fine, but it did not have anything special that separated it from the pack. It did not seem like a defining song for the band, which I still believe to be true. However, the more I listened to it, the more I began to like it and unpack its potential.
The song contains aspects of old Blink-182, but is also fused with some elements similar to +44. It has sad yet catchy lyrics paired with upbeat music. It has the beloved self-depreciating lyrics like “I said I’m sorry I’m a little bit of a let down” and “So let me buy you a drink and we’ll pretend that you think that I’m the man of your dreams come to life in a dive bar” which is always a fan favorite and a classic reoccurring theme in their songs.
Blink-182 has once again produced another solid song that is very relatable to any young adult and can easily be rocked out to. The background of the verses reminds me of “Adam’s Song” from their third Album “Enema of the State” which adds to Blink’s signature sound.
However, “Bored to Death” has faced a lot of criticism due to the upset over the absence of DeLonge and its uncanny similarities towards +44. While it may not be Blink-182’s best hit, it is still a very good song. “Bored to Death” can stand on its own as a solid and classic pop punk song. It is undeniable that Skiba’s vocals add a new refreshing sound that revamps their entire band. While old Blink-182 fans try to cling onto the past, they must learn how to let go and embrace the new for them to accept the band for what it is now.
In order for Blink-182 to continue to prosper, change must happen. “Bored to Death” marks the beginning of a new era of Blink-182 and I am excited to see what they have in store for us next.
~Stay Punk Rock~
I’m broken/ Lost and cold and fading fast/ Life is too short to last long
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