Bored to Death – Blink-182 Music Review

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“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~

Rating: 3.5/5
Favorite Lyrics: 
I’m broken/ Lost and cold and fading fast/ Life is too short to last long

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9 thoughts on “Bored to Death – Blink-182 Music Review

  1. I liked Bored to Death from the start. Maybe it was me being some amped to hear something new from Blink since they had internal trouble again before deciding to go with Matt from Alkaline Trio. Regardless, I liked the tune and it has definitely grown on me.

    Wasn’t the biggest fan of Rabbit Hole, but can sense the same sort of thing like you mention with your review of this single from them.

    The latest released song “No Future” I was undecided about. The anthem I’m guessing for the “California” record. I love the feel of it after hearing it a couple of times…like a Rock Show meets Alkaline Trio maybe.

    Still getting used to Matt’s vocals…weird hearing him sing the parts for Tom but I like the music they’ve created for the new stuff so far

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      1. I was one of those fans that got in LATE on the Blink stuff. Didn’t know exactly who there were until after they broke up (young, I am) and had only heard mostly the radio stuff…

        When I got into their albums and heard stuff not on the greatest hits album like Violence, Stockholm Syndrome, Dumpweed, Anthem, and their old school mix…I was like woah! #BigHopes

        Did you like their Neighborhoods album? Thought it was neat to have new Blink when it first came out but admit some of the stuff had to grow on me.


      2. Yeah I thought it was okay at first, but I think that’s their style – that eventually it grows on you. Because i think their music has such a distinct sound that it just sounds different from what you usually hear from other bands

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      3. That is an interesting point I hadn’t really considered.That will be the way I classify my band’s music for now on!
        –Thanks for the follow btw! We’re trying to get a mix tape done before the end of summer #LovinIt–

        I have found it hard to find other bands that strike me like the Blink’s old stuff did when I first heard it.

        What other bands do you keep track of?


      4. We are making it work best we can haha

        FOB is AWESOME. Have liked most of the stuff they have put out since they got back to full time. Love novocaine and uma thurma.
        And i’ve started to dig Panic more as I’ve aged!

        I like keeping track of Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, System of a Down, MCR (#rip), Say Anything, and few others.

        Enjoyed talkin to you, mate!

        Look forward to reading more of your stuff and good luck pressing forward!


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