Blink-182 releases first single with new lineup, 'Bored to Death,' announce 'California' release date

Travis Barker On Tom DeLonge and The Future Of Blink-182
Travis Barker On Tom DeLonge and The Future Of Blink-182

After months of waiting, Blink-182 fans finally got the first taste of new music from the trio's revamped line-up on Wednesday. The group, which now features former touring member Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba subbing in for former original guitarist/singer Tom DeLonge, dropped the tune "Bored to Death" after the lyric video was leaked a day early. And, as promised, it's primo Blink.

With driving, double-time drums from Travis Barker and signature earnest vocals from Mark Hoppus, the first track from the 16-song California (due July 1) is a classic tale of teenage yearning, confusion and clumsy flirting. "I think I met her at the minute that the rhythm was set down," Hoppus sings in the lyric video. "I said I'm sorry I'm a bit of a letdown/ But all my friends are daring me to come over/ So I come over and over and over/ So let me buy you a drink and we'll pretend that you think that I'm the man of your dreams come to life in a dive bar."

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As strings swell and the tension builds through Barker's rapid-fire drumming, the nearly four-minute song lifts to a crescendo in the second half, with Hoppus' voice isolated in the first lines of the desperate chorus, "Save your breath/ I'm nearly bored to death." And then the full force of the band comes back in as he hits the refrain, "And fading fast/ Life is too short to last long/ Back on earth I'm broken/ Lost and cold and fading fast/ Life is too short to last long."

Check out the full track below:

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As KROQ Music Director Lisa Worden predicted a month ago after hearing eight songs from the album, "I think any fan of Blink-182 is going to be ecstatic when they hear the music. I really do! It sounds like Blink-182, but it sounds like Blink in 2016. Lyrically it's clever." Blink, who also released the dates for their power-packed summer tour, recorded nearly 50 songs (30 of which they tossed out) for their first new album since 2011's dark Neighborhoods and are whittling them down to craft their seventh full-length release.

The full track listing for the album:

1. Cynical

2. Bored to Death

3. She's out of Her Mind

4. Los Angeles

5. Sober

6. Built This Pool

7. No Future

8. Home is Such a Lonely Place

9. Kings of the Weekend

10. Teenage Satellites

11. Left Alone

12. Rabbit Hole

13. San Diego

14. The Only Thing That Matters

15. California

16. Bohemian Rhapsody

Here's the trio's first interview about California:

And here are the U.S. dates for their massive summer tour with A Day To Remember, All American Rejects and All Time Low:

July 22: San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena

July 23: Las Vegas, NV - The Joint

July 26: El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Center

July 28: Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena

July 29: Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion

July 30: San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center

July 31: Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Aug. 2: Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Aug. 3: Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Arena

Aug. 5: West Palm Beach, FL - Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre

Aug. 6: Tampa, FL - Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Aug. 8: Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater

Aug. 9: Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center

Aug. 10: Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center

Aug. 12: Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion

Aug. 13: Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach

Aug. 14: Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center

Aug. 16: Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

Aug. 19: Boston, MA - Xfinity Center

Aug. 21: Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Aug. 23: Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheatre

Aug. 24: Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Aug. 25: Scranton, PA - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Aug. 27: Hershey, PA - Hershey Park Pavilion

Aug. 28: Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion

Aug. 30: Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater

Sept. 2: Hartford, CT - Xfinity Theater

Sept. 3: Bangor, ME - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

Sept. 4: Saratoga, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Sept. 8: Minneapolis, MN - Xcel Energy Center

Sept. 9: Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Sept. 10: Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center

Sept. 11: St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Sept. 13: Denver, CO - Pepsi Center

Sept. 15: Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena

Sept. 16: Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena

Sept. 17: Seattle, WA - Key Arena

Sept. 18: Vancouver, BC - Abbotsford Centre

Sept. 20: Portland, OR - Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

Sept. 22: Salt Lake City, UT - Usana Amphitheatre

Sept. 24: Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion

Sept. 25: Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater

Sept. 28: San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater

Sept. 29: Irvine, CA - Meadows Amphitheater

Oct. 1: Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

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