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Five Years of Skiba

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2 hours ago, Nosferatu said:

Yeah I do agree with this but I still think blink would stand out a bit without Travis as well. Gotta include blink having Mark & Tom both being singers with contrasting voices. Tom's riffs on Dude Ranch are pretty unique too. Then the more pop punk blink sounding AVA/Tom DeLonge songs like Overload, Circle Jerk Pit, An Endless Summer, New World and Golden Showers are really unique to the point only Tom/blink could come up with them kinda songs IMO. I've always felt there's been a massive difference in blink's sound compared to the other pop punk bands though.

Then California came along and although Travis kills it on that album, to me it doesn't stop some of the songs sounding like every other pop punk band from 2005 and onwards. I think a lot of what makes blink stand out is Tom and Mark blending together as well.

Yea, but blink would have never, ever became as huge or influential (for better or for worse) as they did without Travis. Every pop punk drummer wanted to be him, from the way they started setting up their drum sets to the parts they tried to play. 

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I think Pin The Grenade is an example of "overplaying" in my opinion. I actually really like the song, it's one of my favorites of the Skiba years, but the verses get a little bogged down with everything going on in Travis's beat. My guess is they started the idea based on a beat Travis had, which they said is a new approach they've been using the last few years. I give them props for stuff like that, but I think it's generally easier and more natural to write the guitar/bass/melody first and add drums to that, than to write drums first and then add guitar/bass/melody to the drums.

Either way, it's a good song but it's fun to dissect stuff sometimes.

 

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1 hour ago, Champ182 said:

I think Pin The Grenade is an example of "overplaying" in my opinion. I actually really like the song, it's one of my favorites of the Skiba years, but the verses get a little bogged down with everything going on in Travis's beat. My guess is they started the idea based on a beat Travis had, which they said is a new approach they've been using the last few years. I give them props for stuff like that, but I think it's generally easier and more natural to write the guitar/bass/melody first and add drums to that, than to write drums first and then add guitar/bass/melody to the drums.

Either way, it's a good song but it's fun to dissect stuff sometimes.

 

Funny you pointed this song out. I’m not one to usually say Travis overplays, because I think it adds much needed flavor to blink given the bass and guitar work is so minimal. But this is one of the only songs that came mind on the topic and how it does seem a bit much on the verses 

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4 hours ago, Diddy Faplord said:

Yea, but blink would have never, ever became as huge or influential (for better or for worse) as they did without Travis. Every pop punk drummer wanted to be him, from the way they started setting up their drum sets to the parts they tried to play. 

Oh yeah, I definitely agree. I just think Mark & Tom's contrasting vocals & unique riffs made blink just as influential as Travis did.

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I always thought Travis was restraining himself on the verses of Pin the Grenade. He's not going overboard with fills like he does on the verses of songs like Kaleidoscope, 6/8 or on NHTSO.

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3 hours ago, Nosferatu said:

I always thought Travis was restraining himself on the verses of Pin the Grenade. He's not going overboard with fills like he does on the verses of songs like Kaleidoscope, 6/8 or on NHTSO.

Yeah, his overplaying kills the first verse of Kaleidoscope for me.

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1 hour ago, twentytwenty said:

Yeah, his overplaying kills the first verse of Kaleidoscope for me.

I definitely see why people don't like it haha, but I'm a fan of him going overboard. I remember when I showed Kaleidoscope to one of my tutors at uni who is a drummer and he couldn't listen to the verses cause of Travis haha.

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9 hours ago, Champ182 said:

I think Pin The Grenade is an example of "overplaying" in my opinion. I actually really like the song, it's one of my favorites of the Skiba years, but the verses get a little bogged down with everything going on in Travis's beat. My guess is they started the idea based on a beat Travis had, which they said is a new approach they've been using the last few years. I give them props for stuff like that, but I think it's generally easier and more natural to write the guitar/bass/melody first and add drums to that, than to write drums first and then add guitar/bass/melody to the drums.

Either way, it's a good song but it's fun to dissect stuff sometimes.

 

Parking Lot is hands down the worst...maybe not because the whole song is bad doesn't really ruin anything but it's so silly.

The worst part about these drums is that true sound fake, I could not tell if this was Travis or a electronic drum loop sped up.  On Neighborhoods/DED it was overkill but it was very raw sounding so it didn't overwhelm the song AS MUCH

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