blink 182 californiaDuring the Nineties Green Day and Blink-182 were the kings of pop punk. We are almost twenty years later and Blink-182 is back with their first album in a number of years and go hard to try to prove that they still wear the crown. It is different as original band member Tom DeLonge has left. Matt Skiba formerly of Akaline Trio has replaced him and wisely does his own thing by playing guitar and adding the odd vocals. Despite the fact that time has marched on and band members are older this is some of their most youthful sounding material in over a decade. Fun and catchy to boot. Riffs aplenty, Travis Barker’s signature pounding drumming, summer fun, angst, singalong choruses and hooks. Meaning this is all very easy to digest stuff. What is a little different is the cropping up every once in a while of the acknowledgement that they are no longer kids and indulge in some nostalgia. What has not changed is the fact that they are awful lyricists in that most of it is rather infantile. Just ignore the words and lose yourself in the beats. Nothing on the album, though there are plenty of enjoyable tracks, screams major radio hit. This is more like the original Blink-182.