"'Dude Ranch' and 'Enema Of The State', those were the records I was listening to in high school and as a teenager and I feel like they were really impactful on me as I was coming into my own musical identity."
Last week Avril Lavigne revealed that her new album 'Love Sux' is going to be dropping next month, and it features some very special guests.
One of those being none other than Mark Hoppus on 'All I Wanted'.
And the pair talked about working together on Mark's radio show 'After School Radio'.
This is what she had to say about the process:
"I was really excited to work with you. To be honest, you're one of my favourite artists. 'Dude Ranch' and 'Enema Of The State', those were the records I was listening to in high school and as a teenager and I feel like they were really impactful on me as I was coming into my own musical identity.
"So when I had the opportunity to work with you, which was over Zoom, which was different. I was so excited and I was really impressed with how efficient you are in the studio. You write, you record yourself, you can engineer, you sing, you're playing. So having you on the album is a huge honour for me. So I'm really excited about our collaboration."
And when asked a bit about what this record represents for her, she had this to say:
"I feel this is my most alternative record sonically. There was a period where it was, on my first album, it was like, 'Okay, I want to rock out. I want guitars. I want to sound like a band. I want drums.' At the time, it was bubblegum music. Super pop music was in so I had to fight for that. But then a few albums in, people were like, 'Radio just don't play songs with guitars and live drums.' I had to evolve, but things had to dial back a bit. Not that I wanted to do that, but I did. And so, with this album, I just wanted to not hold back at all and just guitars, drums, just go for it.
"And lyrically, it’s funny. The album is called ‘Love Sux’ and I went into that feeling that way genuinely. I still do. But it was a chance for me to reflect on my past relationships and my past experiences in love and the ups and downs that I’ve been through. I still experience that, and in the pandemic and having so much time to do songwriting it gave me the opportunity to go there and it felt good."