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When blink-182 returned to the music charts in 2016 with their seventh studio album California, it was unclear how fans would react to the replacement of founding member Tom DeLonge by Alkaline Trio singer Matt Skiba.
Releasing California in July, the album quickly shot to the top of the charts, knocking Drake’s seemingly untouchable Views from the top spot, with fans giving Skiba the official thumbs up.
The lead single “Bored To Death” became the pop punk bands first number one single in a decade, leading the way for a headlining tour through North America with A Day to Remember, the All-American Rejects, and All Time Low. After forming in 1992, the trio received its first Grammy nomination thanks to California, which was up for Best Rock Album.
Now the band is giving fans even more music, announcing that they will issue a re-release of California with 11 new tracks, as well as an acoustic version of “Bored To Death.”
The group first celebrated the album announcement by releasing “Parking Lot,” a harder version of the trio’s trademark high energy punk fusion that could have easily fit into 1997’s Dude Ranch or 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. Longtime fans will likely be brought back to their days of listening to the group’s early work, with blink-182 feeling nostalgic themselves as they sing about “Listening to The Smiths and The Violent Femmes.”
Now blink-182 have dropped the second single from part two of California with the dark “Misery.” A departure from the band’s usual tongue-in-cheek approach to lyrics, “Misery” shows the more somber and introspective side of their discography, an exploration that in the past has earned the Cali group one of their biggest hits with 1999’s “Adam’s Song.”
California Deluxe is set to be released on May 19, with frontman Mark Hoppus telling Zane Lowe that the band is already planning on heading back into the studio at the end of 2017 to record a new album. “We have such a positive energy going on right now and such a creative flow and everybody has such good ideas, and we want to tap into that,” says Hoppus.