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As evidenced by their recent music video for “She’s Out Of Her Mind,” blink-182 aren’t afraid to wholeheartedly embrace their pop-punk, youthfully rebellious origins—even though all three members are now in their 40s.
Case in point: We’re getting slightly entitled, teenage skater rock vibes from their newly released single “Parking Lot,” off the upcoming deluxe version of their latest album, California.
In “Parking Lot,” the blink-182 trio wax philosophical about being “forgotten young suburbia” and the “forgotten soldiers you left behind.” They’re clearly very concerned about being remembered, but unfortunately the song itself—which is catchy enough and features an impressive performance by drummer Travis Barker—doesn’t really stand out, sounding a little too much like what they’ve done in the past.
The band is releasing a 10 more new songs, including an acoustic version of 2016’s “Bored to Death,” as part of the California deluxe edition, so it’s possible that we’ll be more impressed once we listen to the expanded album in its entirety. Interestingly, the recent Steve Aoki-collab remix of “Bored to Death” is nowhere to be found on California‘s official tracklist.
California was the first blink-182 album to not feature former front man and co-founder Tom DeLonge, who was recently named the 2017 UFO Researcher of the Year (an honour we didn’t even know existed). But while talking to the San Diego Union Tribune last week, DeLonge seemed open to the possibility of reuniting with his old bandmates, saying, “Blink is in my DNA. I talk to Travis quite a bit and we try and figure out how and when it’s going to make sense.”
The deluxe version of California drops on May 19, but while you wait, you can watch the lyric video for “Parking Lot” below.