01:50 AM on 12/19/12
I feel like the people disparaging others for "wanting the band to keep writing songs about dicks" are fans of Angels and Airwaves. At least slightly.
I don't think people who dislike this EP (I'm one of them, so far, though I loved Boxing Day) necessarily want blink 182 to "stay the same." Untitled was pretty different, but it was still a great record. It wasn't completely different. It wasn't dominated by the ambiency space synth stuff that is all over this EP. Asthenia had a long intro, and then the drums kicked in and things started to drive, there's that punky riff, and it's really catchy. I'm Lost Without You could maybe be an AvA song, if Tom's voice wasn't still all whiny/endearing, but it's the finale so it kind of makes sense that it's slower and more atmospheric. Not Now, while an amazing song, is definitely a punk song imo.
I need to listen to this stuff again, but at first glance, it doesn't even sound like blink-182 that much. Angels and Airwaves really doesn't either. Obviously Tom's voice is distinct, but I don't think you could ever mistake the two. When "blink 182" is on the cover, I think people are just a little taken aback that it sounds more like Angels and Airwaves' last record than Untitled, especially people who don't like Angels and Airwaves.
It doesn't mean we're immature or wish they'd stay young forever. My av is a giveaway, but I've loved everything Alkaline Trio's released in 15 years. Thrice is a band that's changed a lot. Brand New is another one. Andrew McMahon. I'm a fan of everything they've released, in spite of the changes. However, if they "change" into something that, in my opinion, sucks, I'm going to go in the thread and say "this sucks." If it sounds like a band I don't like, like Angels and Airwaves, I might mention that too. It doesn't mean I'm "dumb," or can't accept change, just that my tastes are a little different.
tl;dr: fuck this it sounds like the side projects