Mark Hoppus Has Been Recording New blink-182 Music While In Lockdown
Good news, blink-182 fans! Mark Hoppus has been working on new music while in lockdown.
Chatting to fans while streaming Animal Crossing on Twitch, the bassist was asked about what was to come, musically, in the future, to which he responded, “Plans for upcoming recording? I recorded literally yesterday. So upcoming recording is happening as we speak. It was new blink, not Simple Creatures or anything else.”
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In the brief Q&A – which was helpfully captured by blink-182 Italia on Instagram – Mark was also asked about another potential blink project: the band’s talked-about collaborations EP (which drummer Travis Barker hinted at last year, revealing that they had worked with rappers Lil Uzi Vert and Pharrell).
The musician gave a simple, “Yes,” to the question of if it was still in the works, so that’s pretty damn promising, too.
Interestingly, Mark was also asked about a return to blink-182 for original frontman Tom DeLonge, though his answer there was just, “I don’t know.”
The topic of Tom rejoining blink was brought up by the former frontman last year, when he told Kerrang! back in May, “I plan on doing it in the future,” but conceded that he was too busy right now with both Angels & Airwaves and his company To The Stars.
“I get it – trust me, I love blink and it’s given me everything in my life,” he said. “And, you know, I plan on doing it in the future. But right now there’s just no way – I have way too much going on…”
Check out all of Mark’s answers in the videos below:
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Yesterday Mark finally came back to Twitch after a long break. Here are the highlights from his live stream. Good news about new music! I think I asked him all the good questions you guys submitted. If I did not include the answers in the highlights, it's because he didn't really answer the questions. For instance, he joked that the song Untitled on Dude Ranch is untitled because "it has no title" and barely remembered anything about the recording of "Another Girl, Another Planet". If you have any more questions for Mark, feel free to write them in the comment section below and I'll do my best to ask him next time. In addition, Mark finally explained the reason why blink-182 ditched the original Josie music video. You can find the clip in our stories. We plan on telling you more about that video in next month's newsletter. #blink182 #blink182italia
Fellow Simple Creatures bandmate Alex Gaskarth revealed last month that he and Mark were working (remotely) on new music for their side-project, so Mark’s clearly been keeping busy with his time spent at home right now.
“We’re already working on potential quarantine music while we’re all on lockdown,” Alex said. “[Mark]’s in Idaho – he escaped while he still could – and I’m stuck home in Maryland, so we won’t be doing it in person but we’re sending ideas back and forth and we’re always talking about what the next steps are for Simple Creatures. It’s in the works.”
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