Blink-182 has released “Bored To Death,” the first new track from the band since it split with singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge in early 2015. The song marks the recording debut with Blink of guitarist Matt Skiba, who joined the trio as first a temporary and now permanent replacement for DeLonge. “Bored To Death” is taken from the band’s new album, California, which arrives on July 1st and is their first set of new music since the 2012 EP Dogs Eating Dogs.

Meanwhile, DeLonge has said in a new interview with Rolling Stone that he has put his messy split with the group behind him, explaining, “Is it awkward and weird? Yeah. Does part of me get bummed. Totally. But it doesn’t consume me. I’m doing some of the best stuff I’ve ever been involved in. People look in and they go, ‘How could you walk away from something like that?’ or ‘How could you not get so pissed?’ Well, because I’m more than that.”

DeLonge said he was caught off guard when bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker announced in early 2015 that he had effectively quit the group — which had recording and touring commitments lined up — to focus on his own projects. DeLonge saying, “If they would have come to me and said, ‘Hey, you’re really busy right now. We really want to do something, maybe we should get someone to fill in,’ or something, I would have probably been fine with it.”

  • DeLonge told us not long ago that he harbors no ill will toward the group for recording with Skiba: [“I don’t mind anything. I want people to be happy, you know. Myself and those guys, together we were a very specific thing, you know. If they want to go off and play the songs that I wrote, because that’s what they want to do and it makes them happy, and it helps them make a living, that’s cool. Who am I to — I don’t care.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . I don’t care.)
  • DeLonge also told Rolling Stone, “I love those guys . . . (But) I don’t want the legacy of the band to get f**ked with. I do care about that. I don’t want an incredible legacy to be ruined.” He added that he’s “not opposed” to reuniting with Blink one day, saying, “I still would be interested, if people would just pick up the phone and call.”
  • While Blink has now premiered its new song, DeLonge continues to focus on his newly published book, Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows, a novel based on what he claims are true incidences of the government getting hold of and even replicating alien technology.
  • DeLonge is also working on a documentary about the subject, along with future books and movies, and claims to be working with people inside the defense industry and NASA on the projects.

SIDE NOTES: Blink-182’s 1999 pop-punk classic, Enema Of The State, will be reissued on limited edition translucent blue vinyl on June 17th. Blink-182 originally released the album on June 1st, 1999 and it remains the trio’s most successful effort, selling over 15 million copies worldwide and spawning the hit singles “What’s My Age Again?,” “All The Small Things” and “Adam’s Song.”

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the lyric video for Blink’s new song “Bored To Death”:

DAILY INQUIRY:

  • What do you think of the new Blink song? Thumbs up or down?
  • Should they change the name or stay as Blink?
  • Do you think Tom truly wants the Blink guys to be happy?
  • If he was unhappy with Blink and enjoys what he’s doing now, shouldn’t that be the most important thing?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Rolling Stone — agree or not?

Reid Brown wrote: “Sounds rad, you can absolutely hear Skiba’s influence in the song writing!”

Michael Scott wrote: “Sounds the same as old blink, which was only good every other single…so with that said bring on the better song from the new album.”

Cj Prewitt wrote: “Why continue to call it blink 182.. Maybe it can fool the new fans but the fans that grew up with them know the orgin, so why not name it something else??”

John Besselievre wrote: “I’ve been listening to these guys since 97, I consider this blink. Blink 182 is the music made by this core group of guys, with or without tom, mark and Travis will carry the torch.”

Jenna Cole wrote: “I’m pro-TOM, but I need to hear more to actually gather a halfway decent opinion. It’s not as horrible as I expected it, but this is obviously more of mark song than anything with skiba style.”

mathletes wrote: “All ufo talks aside can we please get tom back into the band so I can see them for once in my life.”

Andrew Almond wrote: “The new Blink single is super bland and cookie cutter. Folks may write off Tom for being eccentric, but at least he’s trying to do innovative and eclectic stuff.”