Talking with NME, Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus discussed whether or not the band’s writing gets inspiration from the new age of Donald Trump:

“We’ve never really been a political band. We all have very strong political beliefs – but it’s not something we really put into our music. No matter what, the record is a reflection of what you’re going through at the time. I feel like the world can’t sustain this amount of daily outrage and frustration without it seeping into what you sing about.

“I have enormous respect for bands that I grew up with like Rage Against The Machine, Bad Religion, Fugazi – even Nirvana were very vocal on their politics, but Blink’s just not that band. There’s definitely a place for it, but I honestly think that Blink is the kind of place where people come to escape that kind of thing. Our job is more escapism and more personal that worldviews.

“Blink 182 is that eternal spirit of youth, of angst, of fun. When people think of Blink 182, they think of us as their cool older brother. People who come to the show know that everybody is invited to the party. We’re not these performers for you to fawn over – you’re here to have a good time and hear some stupid jokes.”

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