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Tom Delonge On Enema Of The State: “We Had No Clue. We Were So Naive…”

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In a new interview with Wondering Sound, the Blink-182 man opens up about those crucial years of the band, adding that their label would "make it look like we really were some kind of erotic boy band or some shit".


Tom Delonge performing at Leeds Festival 2014 with Blink-182

Tom Delonge is a man known for looking forward rather than back. Despite being a key player in one of the most important rock bands for a generation, he's famously tight-lipped when asked about the past. But over the weekend, a new interview with DeLonge surfaced on US website Wondering Sound which sees him casting his memory back to the years of 'Enema Of The State', and reflecting on how the band were marketed around that album.

An except of the interview can be read below:

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORIES FROM MAKING THE ALBUM?
"We [worked in] three studios in the course of three or four months. Our first record took us three days, our second record took us four to six weeks or something, and Enema of the State was a three- or four-month thing. And then the next one was six months, and the next one was a year. I remember moving around a couple times in that three-month period, but we had a lot of jokes, we felt really good — we felt like we sounded good. It was the first time we felt we sounded good, so it was exciting."

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER BEING THE MOST CHALLENGING ABOUT IT?
"The most challenging thing was to play good. At that time it wasn’t on computers, it was all on tape, so your performance had to be spot-on, and that wasn’t something we were used to — we were just a garage band. So, doing something like that was a learning experience and taught us how off we were."

WHAT DO YOU WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD YOU BEFORE THE SUCCESS OF THAT ALBUM AND THE BAND?
"To be in control of our image. Because we didn’t know the latitude that the labels worldwide would take in marketing us to make money. We had no clue. We were so naïve that we would run around naked, but they’d make it all glossy and put it on posters and make it look like we really were some kind of erotic boy band or some shit. We were coming from the punk scene, but the label fashioned a whole thing around us that we didn’t even understand; we were just kinda caught up in it. So it took us a little bit to dig out of that and come back to who we really were. And it’s hard to do that once people spend millions of dollars making you into something visually that we weren’t.

‘[Our label president said], “You are going to make more money than you ever thought you could make. You are going to be more famous than you ever thought possible. And you’re gonna be playing arenas by fall.”… I looked at him and I literally laughed out loud.’"

WHAT KIND OF STUFF WOULD THE LABEL ASK YOU TO DO, OR WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT HOW THEY MARKETED YOU?
"They would make posters off of weird photos or they would set up a photo shoot and you’d think you were being funny [but] you didn’t realize what happens later. On Take Off Your Pants and Jacket we came around afterward and made a lot of changes."

DeLonge also goes on to talk abouthis upcoming plans for Angels And Airwaves, and whether we'll see a new Blink-182 album in 2015...

I KNOW THERE'S A NEW ANGELS & AIRWAVES ALBUM COMING OUT NEXT MONTH. WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THAT?
"
This is a huge release for me. We’ve been recording it for two years and Halloween is gonna be a big day, that’s all I can say. But there’s a lot of things that are associated with this. Angels & Airwaves has a whole company built around it, and we’re launching intellectual property that are feature films, novels, animation and soundtracks, so with this album starts something that’s bigger and more ambitious. And it sounds mad different, it’s a complete, complete evolution in the band, so I think people will be excited about that. Halloween will be Day 1."

ALSO HEARD THAT THERE'S A NEW BLINK-182 ALBUM IN THE WORKS. WHAT'S THE TIMELINE FOR THAT LOOKING LIKE?
"
I am hoping that we can get this thing out by summer, but we will see."

HAVE YOU STARTED RECORDING YET?
"We actually have our very first big writing session coming here in the next few weeks where we’ll get together and lay down our first tracks."
 

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