“I feel like this summer was kind of devoid of a lot of great new music."

Stalwart SoCal pop-punks Blink-182 have had a rough go since a bitter break-up in 2005 when singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge left the band to devote more time to side projects like Angels & Airwaves. But after drummer Travis Barker survived the tragic plane crashed that claimed the life of DJ AM, the members of Blink-182 found a renewed dedication to the band, reuniting in 2009 to tour North America and record the band’s sixth studio album, Neighborhoods, which was released in 2011.

According to Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus, the trio is currently on the brink of writing the band’s next full-length, tentatively scheduled for release sometime in 2013.

“Early next week I go back to Los Angeles to record an iTunes session for Blink-182, and we’re starting to write the new record right now,” Hoppus told NME in a recent interview. “We’re going to tour Australia in February with Blink… [so the] proper tour and the new album probably won’t happen for about a year.”

Hoppus went on to explain that despite a couple of stand-out artists, 2012 is decidedly lacking in quality rock songs.

“I feel like this summer was kind of devoid of a lot of great new music,” Hoppus mused. “The new Matt & Kim album is coming out, I’m excited about that, the Mumford and Sons album I like… but, yeah, other than that it’s been kind of a dry summer.”

As Blink-182 gears up for a big 2013, drummer Travis Barker has been keeping busy with Psycho White, a new collaboration with emerging Alabama rapper Yelawolf.

–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local

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