Blink-182 parted ways with Interscope Records last month and are now officially an unsigned band. This makes Mark Hoppus very happy, calling it a very "independent" era for the So Cal trio.
The punk rockin' bassist writes in an email to MTV News, "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....open to all options."
So how are Blink doing to celebrate such a big step in their career? By releasing a brand new EP in stores before Christmas, their first new music since 2011's "Neighborhoods".
Hoppus continued to write about how excited the band all are about new forthcoming music. "We're very excited about getting those songs out before Christmas. As it stands today, the EP is set to release on December 18. We're not sure how many songs will make the final EP....hopefully all five, but we'll make the final determination when the mixes are complete."
Mark states the record will be released through iTunes and on Blink's official website and pre-orders will be available through the site as well "in the next week or so." Blink plan on releasing limited-edition gift packages that include "a special screened, museum-quality poster, limited-edition t-shirts and sweatshirts, wrapping paper, holiday cards and whatnot."
"It'll be something fun and funny for the holidays, but the music is the most important thing by far, and we are truly excited for people to hear new music."
Overall, Blink couldn't be more psyched to terminate their relationship with Universal Music Group/ Interscope Records which in turn has made the punk rockers much more creative and flexible.
"This kind of agility is exactly what we were looking for, post-label. We have ideas for songs, we get into a studio and put the ideas together, grind hard, chase that paper, and weeks later we release the songs on our own. I spent last week in the studio with Travis and Tom. It was great, ideas falling everywhere. Lots of long hours spent on five new songs.....The band is in a great place creatively. Having everyone in the same room at the same time makes all the difference for us."