Travis Barker: The World’s Favorite Drummer Turns +44

The man who made liberty spiked Mohawks and checkered Vans fly is celebrating another year of life by gracing us with his talent. Happy Birthday Travis Barker! Born November 14th 1975, Barker is turning 44. All while being a successful musician, songwriter, father (hey, daddy), and record producer.

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Cover of Travis Barker’s Memoir

A Cali-native, Barker has always had a knack for music, even at a young age. Giving it a go at countless instruments, and even signing, he always favored and found his way back to drums. For that, we are forever grateful. Sure, after high-school he had a brief stint as a Laguna Beach trash man but it wasn’t too long before he became the tattooed God we all know and love.

A world without our favorite Barker projects is one we can’t even fathom living in. Gracing the world by founding music projects like The Aquabats, +44, Boxcar Racer, clothing line Famous Stars and Straps, and being a huge part of both the Transplants and Blink 182, Barker has a project for all of us to love.

Travis Barker: Crushing It In All Genres

Punk has always been Barker’s area of expertise, but that never stopped him from crushing it in other genres. Releasing a solo album (Give The Drummer Some), multiple rap collaborations, and even some country features more than proves our point. Big names like Lil Wayne, Snoop, Pharrell, Kid Cudi, and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor are just a small selection of those blessed enough to work with Barker.

The versatility doesn’t end there. Barker consistently delivers a live performance to die for. Literally. We could never. Drum solos that last a lifetime? Check. Upside down cage drumming? Check! What a gem, and what a way to impress us all with his perfectly sculpted, tattoo covered bod while showcasing just how talented he is.

Although we think Travis Barker should be celebrated all day, everyday, do a little extra today but streaming any number of his projects, sporting your favorite Famous gear, or reading his memoir Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums.

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Words: Danielle King | Featured Photo: TravisBarker on Twitter

Blink 182’s New Single “I Really Wish I Hated You” (We LOVE it.)

As die-hard Blink 182 fans, it’s hard for us to imagine a world without Tom DeLonge. Or a world where not every Blink album sounds like Enema of the State. Nevertheless, the world isn’t fair, and things change. Bands progress, and original longtime members leave. We’ve decided that it’s officially been long enough, and we fully accept Matt Skiba as our own. And though not always easy, we are also learning to appreciate musical growth and changing sound. That’s exactly what Blink 182’s new single “I Really Wish I Hated You” is. Different. And guess what? We don’t hate it. In fact, we LOVE it.

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Lyrical FIRE.

Sure, their fifth single to be featured on their newest album NINE may be a bit more mainstream than what we are used to, but it’s super freakin’ catchy! Lyrically, it’s fire. Who doesn’t like a semi-angsty getting-over-a-breakup song? With lyrics like “A little drunk, waiting on your phone call, a little numb maybe I can’t feel at all”, how can we not find it relatable? As for the chorus, not only do we get Hoppus and Skiba in perfect harmony, but it pops you a swift one right in your feelings. Cuz’ we’ve all been there, whether we are ready to admit it or not.

Additionally, it instrumentally rocks. Can we seriously name a more impeccable drummer than Travis Barker? We don’t think so! Mark and Matt make us want to play this track on repeat with a union as melodic as this one. They make such a perfect pairing that it could make even peanut butter and jelly jealous.

Blink 182 The Veterans of Pop-Punk

We can’t help but continually support Blink, considering they are one of the OGs (original gangsters, for you youngins’) of pop-punk. With much appreciated mentoring of bands Neck Deep, 5SOS, and many more they have made quite a mark on the genre outside of their own releases, and we are eternally grateful. These veterans of pop-punk consistently release hit after hit making the anticipation of their new album all time high!

Stream the new single any way you can! Try to catch them as they wrap up their tour with Lil’ Wayne, and be sure to pick up their new record on September 20th! We’ll see you soon for a full review post-release.

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Words: Danielle King | Header Image: Blink 182 on Instagram

Blink-182 Releases New Album Name, Tracklist, Cover Art & Release Date

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September 20th is a big day for Blink-182 fans

Blink-182 have just released the last bits of information for their upcoming album and as always, Jace is on the Case!

The morning of July 25th, the band took to twitter to unveil the name and artwork of the new album Nine.

The track list was also released and is as follows :

1. The First Time
2. Happy Days
3. Heaven
4. Darkside
5. Blame It On My Youth
6. Generational Divide
7. Run Away
8. Black Rain
9. I Really Wish I Hated You
10. Pin the Grenade
11. No Heart To Speak Of
12. Ransom
13. On Some Emo Shit
14. Hungover You
15. Remember To Forget Me

You may have already heard songs on this album such as “Happy Days”, “Blame It On My Youth”, “Generational Divide” and “Darkside.”

Can I just say that we already feel a special connection to #13.

Currently Blink-182 is on tour with Lil Wayne, performing Enima of The State in full. You can catch them live in your city here.

You can pre-order Nine here.

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Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Image: Blink-182