up all night//blink-182
I didn’t go into much detail last night because I was at HP mostly, but I was going to share some of my thoughts on “Up All Night.”
It kind of bugs me the number of people on facebook and tumblr who keep posting “I wanted more of the old blink” or “blink was so much better in 1995!”
A. In 1995 Blink had JUST come out and sorry, but the recording sound quality on Buddha does still sound like it’s in a garage. I still like it, but their sound was not smoothed out at that point at all. So I think you’re full of shit and trying to predate your taste for blink before they “went mainstream.”
B. I distinctly remember near the end before blink182 broke up that they had announced that they were going to stop playing Enema of the State songs on their tour, that their music was going to head in a new direction, that they were tired of not being able to progress forward with their sound, etc. So I never expected to hear “old blink” from this song. And I think trying to tell yourself that the blink182 of 2001 could come back to 2011 with the exact same sound ten years later and be just as big is kind of kidding yourself. If a band is going to come back after this long, they have to adapt and stay relevant to evolved tastes and trends in music. That’s just the way it is. And I mean every band that comes back after years or has lasted as long as blink182 will have very different sounding periods in their music. Look at Jefferson Airplane/Starship for an example.
C. I will admit, to one thing, the people who say it’s too much Angels and Airwaves, I see where you get that from. My only thing I would change is maybe more of Mark’s vocals, because he had really advanced them with +44 I think. But this is one song off an entire new album. I highly doubt Tom will do this much of the vocals on all the songs from now on out. So calm yo selfs, I think this will probably be one of the heavier songs off the album.
D. Travis still kills on drums. I don’t care what anyone says.
E. I still love the fuck out of this song. I love the lyrics. It doesn’t make me jump around the room all crazy dancing, but I like it. I honestly do. And I am really happy to see blink182 back and I am genuinely excited for what they do next.