It's their interpretation, but they're presenting in a way which sounds like ALL Blink fans want this. They're coming off as if they know better than the band that they love, and the whole thing is smothered with unwarranted self-importance.
I agree with what most people are saying. Saying that you have created the album that should have been shows a huge level of artistic disrespect. What's interesting is that they make it seem like with the blink-182 reunion they expected something like their old material, pre-"Untitled". Did most die hard blink fans expect another TOYPAJ or EOTS when they announced their reunion? If so, that seems really foolish to me.
they just wanted to give neighborhoods an old-school blink feel to it. i actually like it. it's actually pretty cool to play around with an idea of "what if blink didnt change their sound". dont get me wrong, i still love neighborhoods. i actually listened to it quite often during my Afghanistan deployment. i like that blink is trying new things and still expanding on their sound beyond the realms of pop-punk, but i also do enjoy the days of Enema and TOYPAJ so i enjoy the blend of Neighborhoods with TOYPAJ
I think it's fine to play around with the idea of taking current blink songs and make them sound like their original style, and Kabeezy's version of Up All Night was really cool in that way. But claiming that said way is the way the songs SHOULD have sounded like is tremendously entitled, narrow minded, and disrespectful. The only person an artist is accountable to is themselves (unless they are doing something that threatens individuals and society). That's why I found their statement really disrespectful.
Also, if it hasn't been said before, thank you for serving in the armed forces overseas.