Release Date: Dec 18, 2012
Record label: Self-released
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk/New Wave, Punk Revival, Punk-Pop, Skatepunk
On their Dogs Eating Dogs EP, blink-182 return as a deeper, more mature-sounding band, and for good reason. In the time that's passed since the members of the pop-punk trio originally parted ways, they have done a lot of living, exploring, and growing up, and that experience really comes through on the five-track short-player that serves as a follow-up to their reunion album, Neighborhoods. Like their previous effort, the album finds the band exploring a more expansive prog-punk sound that feels reminiscent of Hoppus and Barker's side project, +44.
Synthesizers don’t mean maturity. They don’t mean intelligence and they certainly don’t mean better music. The same goes for drum loops, guest rappers, and anything else not seen in the typical repertoire of a pop punk band. All of these musical elements can enhance the strong stuff that’s already there, but at the end of the day, a good song is a good song, regardless of how much the artist has matured in their own mind.
Typically, EPs are viewed as stopgap releases to keep a band’s momentum going between tours or album cycles. But Blink-182’s new five-song effort, Dogs Eating Dogs, is more than that. Considering it took the band more than two years from their original reunion in 2009 to deliver music (2011’s uneven Neighborhoods), the fact that this EP was conceptualized, written, recorded and released in under two months is a testament to how important Blink-182 have become once again to Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker.