Craig182

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  1. Good debate that one guys, let's take 5 and restart again when the deluxe version of the album is out. Be sure to repeat all of your points from in here and be absolutely unmovable from your current opinion regardless of what others say. Go team!
  2. I really don't understand this belief that they were somehow coerced into making California sound the way it does. Mark has featured vocals on songs by, to name a few; All Time Low, Simple Plan, McBusted, and Neck Deep. That should tell you everything that you need to know about his attitude to that type of music. The guy wanted to make a fun, pop punk record and that's what they did.
  3. Maybe Feldmann is so damn good at his job and such a good guy that he managed to break Mark out of this rut of being apprehensive and anxious? I'm not a Feldmann lover by any measure, but he seems like a ball of positivity and energy. Must be easier to write with someone like that as opposed to someone who may not even show up and if he does will try to take control and fight you every step of the way.
  4. Neighbourhoods has its positive moments, but much of it just lacks energy to me. There are so many parts where it sounded like they started to develop an idea and then just thought "ah fuck it, it will do" without actually taking it any further. Big parts of the record are just flat. They don't make me want to sing along, tap my foot, fucking air guitar, jump around, cry, anything. Just utter indifference, waiting for bland bridges to end.
  5. I specifically remember people on here predicting blink would see their demise without Tom, struggle to sell out arenas or get any commercial success at all. I find it no coincidence that now they've been proven wrong that they do everything to discredit the bands input into the album and claim its all studio/Feldmann manufactured. Im a California supporter, but very aware of its flaws, however I don't see how anyone can struggle to believe that this is what Mark wanted. They set out with a certain goal in mind and they achieved it.
  6. Which is odd because Mark - seem by many as one of the main driving forces behind the poppy turn - is surely a much bigger fan of The Cure than he is Steve Aoki....
  7. The real question is, why does Mark just so happen to be passing Stonehenge so often? Even when he lived in London, Stonehenge was near on 90 miles away, and I can't see why else he would be driving back to London from the West Country. Nothing like bringing a bit of UK geography discussion to a punk music forum.
  8. At Stonehenge, not in. Stonehenge is a monument not a town. ...sorry...
  9. I think I'd actually prefer Tom to go back to thinking Angels is the greatest thing since sliced bread, rather than this bastardised version that just churns out EP's and soundtracks for his other crap
  10. I am genuinely interested to see how the next album goes. I think Mark probably made a conscious decision to make California the way it is so as to steer blink away from simply becoming a legacy band that just lives off the same hits for the next 20 years. I also think that being new to the band meant Matt was probably more open to taking a back seat and throwing out a poppy punk album. In 1 or 2 years time Matt may feel a little different, and the renewed popularity of the band may make Mark more confident to take a few more risks.
  11. So, the two main gripes people seem to be having lately are: 1) blinks music is to pop punk 2) blinks stage presence isn't pop punk enough
  12. In all fairness thinking about it, when I saw blink in 2012 Tom hardly moved, didn't once come over to the side of the stage I was stood by. Mark was his usual self, skipping around.
  13. Any ALK3 fans know what Skiba is like in their live shows? Is he likely to come out of his shell more for blink as time goes on?
  14. To be fair to Skiba I'd take a few off notes over entire songs being near unrecognisable due to shitty guitar tones and slurred vocals, which is what we were getting from Tom by the end.
  15. Been watching back some clips from the Reading headline show in 2014...parts of that set are so bad it's embarrassing, but when Tom put his arm around Mark at the end of family reunion, it made my heart hurt.