The dance-pop duo of The Chainsmokers has risen to success over recent years, gaining attention with their 2014 song #Selfie and continuing to maintain relevance with subsequent output. They are perhaps best known for their number one single “Closer”, which references Blink 182; it seems that they heard, as the two groups have just confirmed a recent collaboration.
The Chainsmokers have worked with such popular artists as Coldplay in the past, but many are surprised to see that pop-punk legends Blink 182 have teamed up with them to work on new material. The two outfits certainly differ in musical style, but arguably, Blink 182’s most recent album was much more commercial than previous releases. 2016’s California saw the band replace co-singer Tom DeLonge with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, and the project proved divisive amongst fans. Some devotees declared the album’s “too much pop, not enough punk” approach as a disappointment, whereas others found it a welcome return. The Chainsmokers announced this intriguing development on Twitter:
Just did a session with blink182 and wrote an amazing song. We can die happy now— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) January 17, 2019
Fans of both have fled to social media to voice their thoughts; some surprised, some not. It’s likely the production on the track will see guitars gain prevalence over dance instrumentation, but we can expect to hear both parties merge their signature styles to create something interesting. With news like this, we can perhaps anticipate some odd features on Blink 182’s next record, whenever it is that we’ll get it.
After the news was confirmed by Mark Hoppus of Blink 182, the proposition became a little more real. It will be exciting to hear what the two have in store for us, and hopefully, each has influenced the other in positive and refreshing ways.
Expect our opinions when the mysterious track eventually drops, and in the meantime, why not check out this new music video for Loyle Carner’s “You Don’t Know”.
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