Mark Hoppus, Matt Skiba of Blink-182 Talk Visiting Fort Collins, New Album ‘Nine’
The Blink-182 guitarists sat down with with me before their Pepsi Center show to talk about revisiting Enema of the State 20 years later, and looking forward to the new record, Nine.
But first... you say, 'I'm from Fort Collins,' the band replies with: 'Bill Stevenson.' Both Hoppus and Skiba knew where Fort Collins was before I had to say, 'college town, an hour north of Denver,' because The Blasting Room Studios, obviously.
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'We're white wine, he's spaghetti.'
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'I think I like it better now than I did back in '99.'
When you look back on the record that made 'nobody likes you when you're 23' a household phrase, and brought us the song 'Family Reunion,' while the band may not have fully 'grown up' over the last two decades, they've comparatively matured on the upcoming album (but I mean, yeah, there were still butt jokes last night).
Blink-182 on the New Record, 'Nine'
The upcoming record Nine is still upbeat, pop-punk Blink, but it's lyrically heavy; so much, it earned Hoppus a new nickname.
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Blink-182's ninth studio album, Nine, comes out on Friday, September 20.
Portions of this interview were edited for time and content.