ptite interview que j'ai trouvé sur ultimate guitar ( si déja posté je m'en excuse)
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/blink-182s_mark_hoppus_discusses_reunion.htmlSo when did talk of a reunion first commence?
Mark Hoppus: Probably a couple weeks after we first started talking. I dunno, maybe it was longer than that. But I remember sitting in our studio--me, Travis and Tom [DeLonge, guitar]--and we were just talking and hanging out. Tom had just kind of come out to L.A. for the day, and I remember he said, "So, what do you guys think? Where are your heads at" And I said, "I think we should continue with what we've been doing for the past 17 years. I think we should get back on the road and back in the studio and do what we love doing." Was that feeling mutual or was there some trepidation?
There wasn't any trepidation. I think all of us had come to the point that we wanted to continue with what we started. It was just a natural thing. It's been, knock wood, a really positive experience so far. Everybody's in a really good place, everybody is really supportive of each other and it's probably the most supportive we've been as a band in a really, really long time. What was the first song that you guys played once you got back together in one room?
We still haven't. We haven't been in the same room playing instruments together at the same time. The way that we're writing songs now is coming up with different ideas. We're still in the beginning stages of writing the album. We have a handful of songs that we have in many stages. I have probably 10 different song ideas that I've brought to the table, and Tom has a bunch of ideas, and Travis has ideas. So we kind of start off with something that maybe I'll work on in the studio for a while and I'll show it to Tom and he'll jump on that. Same with Travis. But we haven't sat down as a band together and been three people in a room playing the songs together.
Looking at the music that both you and Tom have made since Blink went on hiatus, is there a specific song that Tom wrote that jumped out at you as a really good song?
I thought that "The Adventure" was a really cool song. I thought that was a cool jam. Are the new Blink-182 songs you're working just general song ideas, or did you think of them specifically for Blink?
The songs that I'm bringing to the table are song ideas that I've been working on for the past couple of years. I think that it's the same with Tom and Travis as well. And that's kind of how we've always worked-everyone brings their initial ideas to the table, but the magic happens when the other two people get their hands on an idea and change it into something better than it was. That's something I've always loved about Blink: I can have an idea and the final result is so different from where I thought the song was going. The way that Travis deals with arrangements and rhythms and different ideas that he brings to the table is something that I would never think of. It takes all of our ideas to a higher level. Same with Tom. He'll come up with an idea for a song and for me, personally, if I write something, I love handing it to Tom and Travis and seeing what they do with it. That's the strength. There's this battle within Blink-182 with these ideas and what everyone brings to the table, and there's this tension--not in a negative way--but this pulling of ideas between the three of us that's exciting to me. Have you made an official decision on what the future of (+44) will be?
I don't consider it done. We'll never say never with anything. As soon as you say, "I'm not gonna do that anymore," you find yourself in a situation where you wanna do that. Shane [Gallagher] and Craig [Fairbaugh] are awesome guitarists and great fun to play in a band with, so we definitely won't say that the band is done. But obviously, for the foreseeable future, all of our energy is going into Blink-182. This isn't a temporary thing. We aren't even calling it a reunion. It's more of a continuation. When I hear a band are doing a reunion, it just sounds fake to me, and that's not how we are with this. Everybody's putting 100 percent of their effort into continuing what we've always done. It's not like we're just gonna do a tour and then call it for a while and then do another tour and then call it for a while. We're just continuing Blink-182 as we always have. Ideally, when would you like to have the new record out?
Hopefully in 2009. That's what we're talking about and everything is moving so much faster than I ever even imagined that it could possibly happen. A couple months ago we were barely talking and now we're six songs into a new album and planning a tour and things seem to be falling into place. So I don't know when the record will actually be out. We're still discovering. It's been very comfortable to be back working as our band--as Blink-182. It's gonna be a process, but it's been a very positive process. We don't feel pressured to have an album out by a certain date. We're just gonna record on our own terms until we have album that we absolutely love.