Tom DeLonge Reveals His Opinions On Modern Pop Punk
Tom DeLonge, who departed Blink 182 in 2015, has subsequently spoken about the band’s beginnings as well as what he believes is missing in today’s pop-punk scene.
In an interview with Guitar Magazine, the vocalist said: “We weren’t a mainstream pop-punk band. We were touring for seven years with bands like Guttermouth and the Vandals. We were coming from a more raw, unfiltered, unproduced scene. Those attributes are in our DNA, regardless of how big ‘Enema’ got. People were putting us up and thinking we were a boyband. We didn’t get it. We were like, ‘What the f*** is going on?’
“Just cool s* that’s raw, where you can hear the guitars. You can hear the angst. You can hear the, ‘F* off, what I’ve been doing is cooler than what you’ve been doing.’ You don’t hear that now in pop punk bands. They do vocal acrobatics or they f*‘ have lots of electronics that disguise everything. We were trying to be very clever with three instruments, coming from a place that was all angst and breaking the law and growing up in broken families.”
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