So Blink-182 came out with that album Neighborhoods a while back, and the general consensus was that it was okay, solid, kinda boring, shitty, really who cares, etc. Some Blink fans were bummed and stuck to remembering the times when they really good and when Tom Delonge wasn’t a total douchebag. So I saw this cover album from some band on bandcamp that made every song from in the old type of Blink-182 style, and thought that was a pretty cool idea for the fans, but more I checked it out, it just seemed dumber and douchier :(
Neighborhoods and Morningwoods, a humorous name that in concert with the 14 tracks is meant to pay homage to a legend in Pop Punk. If you noticed, the songs on this record consist of the entire Blink-182 album ‘Neighborhoods’. Most people think this in and of itself is a joke. I mean, why choose to cover what’s widely considered to be Blink’s worst album? Simple, it’s all in an effort to make each and every song sound more like the Blink-182 we all fell in love with back in the day.
To put it succinctly, the reason behind recording this album was to demonstrate how the original record should have sounded. That’s not a slight towards Blink-182 either. The fact that fans were disappointed with Blink’s latest album shows the kind of high standards that the Future Idiots and the fans hold the legendary trio to.
I want to make it absolutely clear that this isn’t an attempt to one-up somebody else’s material. It’s an attempt to make Mark, Tom and Travis proud by putting out an old-school Blink performance that even they and their fans can appreciate.
That’s the message on their page about it, and it just seems douchier every time I read it :( First off, they just attach ‘Morningwoods’ for no reason, no joke, no clever humor, just ‘haha, boners. super funny guys.’ That ‘should have sounded’ makes me cringe hard, like they’re some great guys doing Blink a favor for making the album sound like how they didn’t want it to sound, and saving the fans from listening to some shit. They come off as nostalgic assholes remembering Blink’s old stuff and being super pissed they didn’t stay the same forever. I didn’t give a fuck bout that new album either, but I feel like it haunted their dreams and taunted them saying ‘Haha, we’re not twenty year old kids playing pop punk in basements anymore and there’s nothing you can do about it!’ Cause it takes a lot of time and money to record a full length cover album. They must have been severely butthurt by Neighborhoods :(
Music videos of cover songs never fail to make me sad :/
I mean some of the songs sound pretty alright, but most of them just don’t translate that well to the style. And they barely change the songs at all, its pretty much all the same Neighborhoods songs with a different guitar tone. The whole idea just seems like a huge dick move and insult to the Blink bros. I feel like they could have way more easily written their own album of sweet pop punk jams and released it without even giving a fuck about some band they use to like not sounding exactly the same. Instead they’re like both dick riding Blink-182 and shitting on them at the same time. I don’t know if you guys are that familiar with gay sex, but that’s just not something you do :(
This is still a great example of their premise executed well, new Blink song in old style just for fun, mostly to see what it would sound like, feeds some nostalgia bros but doesn’t insult the band he loves. The Future Idiots are just too stuck in the past to just move on and accept that Blink isn’t the same band, while not being creative enough to write their own good shit or really execute this idea in an interesting way. Really just everything about making this and releasing it for ten bucks on bandcamp sends out huge douche vibes.
I know some bros will be stoked it exists, but I’d rather just listen to old Blink songs like a normal person than a bunch of bitter dudes playing their new songs like their old songs :(((