Another split involving Blink-182, but don’t worry, Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker are still going strong since reuniting last year to release Neighborhoods. It’s the band’s label, Interscope Records, that’s been kicked to the curb this time around. Yesterday, Tom tweeted a photo of Mel Gibson in Braveheart along with the text “Freedom!! Blink as of today, is now an independent Artist!!!!!” Doesn’t sound like he’s shedding too many tears over the loss of the label, now does it?
Mark told MTV via email today that “Yes indeed, we are no longer with Interscope. It’s been a long, amazing journey with them, starting with Cargo records, then MCA, then Geffen and finally Interscope, but the time has come to move on…The reasons for us not working together are many and varied, but mostly we wish them luck in everything in their future, and thank those there who’ve worked so hard on Blink-182 throughout the years.”
He went on to say that the band will “continue writing through the end of the year…and begin recording after our tour of Australia in February…As far as labels, to be honest, we’ve been holding our breath waiting for final word from the attorneys that our contract with Interscope had ended. Now the future’s a wide-open door…We’re lucky to be in a position where, after 20 years in our band, we can be independent and open to all options. It’s a very exciting time here. I feel like our band is in the best place it’s been in a long time. I mean, just look at my hair!”
Think Blink-182 will continue on sans label or do you expect them to latch onto another, perhaps smaller, indie label prior to the release of a new album?
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