Wowowow the new Blink-182 single is great. Love that this band (Tom DeLonge departure aside) has been chugging along for more than two decades, continuing to deliver this radio-friendly pop punk rock. I’ll admit I haven’t been much of a fan of their catalogue since their “I Miss You” days, which is about the same time I started to pay attention to other genres like indie, alt-country and all other sounds of interest that crossed my path, but a stream of incessant buzz on Twitter today made it impossible to avoid “Bored to Death.” And why would you want to?

It’s a great single, from the catchy bridge to the fist-pump chorus, and gang vocal harmonies where new addition Matt Skiba shines (His solo project. Matt Skiba and the Sekrets, converted me to a total fan last year). It’s grown-up rock-and-roll from a band that once thrived in the immature underground, and I love the melodic influences that Skiba’s identifiable vocals bring on board.

Who knew that it would be 2016 and Blink-182 would still be such a huge band? Maybe I’m wrong here, and maybe this single won’t catch on, but I’d be damn surprised if their album didn’t top what is left of the charts and dominate the mainstream scene for the months to come. Long live the bands that refused to stop in their tracks, and those that found a way to keep their signature sound alive.

“There’s a stranger staring at the ceiling

Rescuing a tiger from a tree
The pictures in her head are always dreaming
Each of them means everything to me

And it’s a long way back from seventeen
The whispers turn into a scream,
And I’m not coming home.

Save your breathe, I’m nearly
Bored to death 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…”
~Bored to Death
Blink-182, California