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Blink-182 Album Taking Off

Summer release planned for “Pants” follow-up

Following two months of demo-ing new songs, Blink-182 have begun
recording the anticipated follow up to 2001’s Take Your Pants
Off and Jacket
. Working in a large, rented house-turned-studio
in San Diego with producer Jerry Finn, the platinum-selling
pop/punk trio has wrapped one song for the untitled disc, which is
due this summer.

“We’re still writing songs, but we’re recording them for real,”
drummer Travis Barker posted on the band’s Web site. “Things are
very different as far as sounds of drums — like, big, roomy, crazy
parts.”

A studio-cam revealed bits of a new acoustic number performed by
guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, as well as a snippet of Mark Hoppus
playing one of his new bass lines. Elsewhere, traces of a charged
anthem-in-waiting are accompanied by DeLonge singing the lyrics,
“Sixteen, I want to be different/I’m holding this inside/Aside from
you.”

Blink have already begun making post-studio plans; the band will
perform along with Sum 41, Puddle of Mudd, Def Leppard and 311 at
the Rolling Rock Town Fair on July 26th in Pittsburgh. And Barker
is taking an immediate recording hiatus to tour with his side
project, the Transplants, which also includes Rancid’s Tim
Armstrong and vocalist Rob Ashton. The band will also begin opening
duties for the Foo Fighters on April 10th in Bakersfield,
California.

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