"It's honestly the best material we’ve written or put out in years. I haven't been excited about a Blink album like this in a long time."
- Travis Barker, Blink 182
I wonder if Tom Delogne, former member of Blink 182 is looking forward to the release of California, the band's seventh studio album, and their first without him. The announcement of his departure from the band left a sour taste in the mouth of fans, mainly because the band kept promising fans new material, only for them to back out in the last minute, something that based on news reports was entirely due to a growing rift between the other members of the band and Delogne. After he backed out via email in the last minute when the band were supposed to record new material around November 2014, the band's other members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker decided to seek legal separation from him, and eventually replaced him with longtime friend Matt Skiba, vocalist of Alkaline Trio.
John Feldmann, vocalist of the rock back Goldfinger is the first new producer to work with the band since the death of longtime producer Jerry Finn, who Feldman apparently worships. This is of interest only because Finn last worked with the band in their eponymous album in 2003, and it was only after this album when fans started noticing a shift in the direction of their general sound, with a gradual integration of more electronic noises. Maybe this will be a return to the bands pop-punk roots. Mark Hoppus is definitely excited about the production in this album:
“I never thought there’d be anybody that could even come close to replacing Jerry, and John is really the closest that we’ve come to someone who can fill that capacity.”
Bored to Death was the first song they recorded from the album, along with 28 others over a four week period, where Feldmann along with the band members worked up to eighteen hours a day. Before these sessions with the producers, the band had already written demos for 30-40 songs, songs they later either shelved or decided to rewrite once they started to work with a producer. According to Hoppus, the band recorded over 50 songs, only 14 of which will be released in the album.
Travis Barker apparently fought to include more than 14 songs in the album as he felt that fans had to wait a long time to listen to new material from the band. Fans around the world however are not likely to be too disappointed to get 14 new Blink 182 songs to listen to, though it's five songs shorter than the latest Justin Bieber album.