Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus has offered an update on the group’s upcoming record, describing it as “darker” and “more aggressive” than their previous efforts.

For a while now, Blink-182 have been teasing fans with news of their new record. The follow-up to 2016’s California, the band recently revealed that album number eight will be here before the Warped Tour kicks off at the end of June.

However, we’ve been receiving all sorts of bits and pieces in the meantime. While Mark Hoppus noted the new album will go in “completely weird directions”, drummer Travis Barker revealed their new material sounds like their self-titled album.

Speaking in a new interview with NME, Mark Hoppus has now revealed that the group have record 40 songs for the record, with a darker theme running through them.

“It’s very different to California,” Hoppus explained. “It’s a lot more aggressive. It’s darker in theme and tone.”

“If you like California to Enema Of The State then this album is more like the Untitled record where we are trying to experiment more: trying to experiment more, trying different sounds, and trying to expand upon what people think Blink-182 is.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Mark Hoppus noted that Bink-182’s new album, and his new supergroup Simple Creatures, have been inspired by similar concepts.

“They’re both quite personal,” he explained. “I think that the world is quite a strange place right now in general. People are really wound up, everyone is on edge and that seeps into everything that you do.”

“There’s also a lot of hope and positive things happening in the world. Hopefully we are moving the world in the right direction, even in the face of all of these strange obstacles.”

While we’ve only got a few months before Blink-182’s new album arrives, Mark Hoppus’ Simple Creatures – a collaboration with All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth – will release their debut EP this Friday.

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