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[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Facebook28.mp3|titles=Adam's Song]No matter who are you, everyone has that one artist or band that brings them back to their childhood every time they hear them. They might be your guilty pleasure in your 20s, or they could still be one of your favourite bands and you’re not afraid to admit it. For me, that band is Blink-182.

With my first introduction to Blink, it was really cool to hear that music could sound like that. For the first time in my life, there was a band who was singing and writing songs about everything that I was going through in my young life. From the fear of messing up with girls, to acting way younger than your age, every song related to my life at the time.

Most people think Blink is just a potty mouthed joke band, and a lot of their songs do fit that mold. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have those rare serious songs. For instance, “Adam’s Song,” a song about a boy committing suicide because of the hatred of the outside world. This one was particularly close to me because I knew someone who committed suicide as a teenager. It was a really hard situation, but it was uplifting to hear one of my favourite bands sing about it. Blink’s last self titled release (one of their strongest albums to date) was completely serious and not a joke and overall an outstanding record.

Words can barely describe the feelings I had when Blink took to the stage Wednesday night at the Molson Amphitheatre. One of my biggest musical heroes in Mark Hoppus, and the hilarious antics of Tom Delonge and his instantly recognizable voice. And of course I can’t forget, one of the most talented drummers in music, Travis Barker.

These three men brought me back to the good old days. The days when we weren’t consumed by work or school or paying bills. The days when all we cared about was adventuring and running free without a worry in the world.

I long for those days again, even if I only got them back for those 90 minutes. So if you’re reading this, go into your music library, find the music that defined you as a kid, and go back to those days for a bit. The future can wait.

“I know just where I stand, a boy trapped in the body of a man.” – from “Apple Shampoo”

** Blink’s new album Neighborhoods drops September 27th, their first release in 8 years. Personally, I’m unsure about how it will sound but it will just be cool to hear new material from them. “Up All Night” is the first single released from the album.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m not a fanatic, but I am without question a fan. Dammit was the first song of theirs that excited my ear drums, and their self titled album is the only one I ever purchased. I have always enjoyed their pop punk antics, and I am happy you wrote this blog. Your tweets definitely led me to hope you would, as I know you were enthralled by the show. Great work as always. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

      Thanks a lot man! Yeah I loved the show and just felt so inspired to write a blog about this, I need to go back to finding those indie bands soon though!

  • Chris Elliott

    Great piece dude. I LOVE Blink 182, and I always have. They were a very big part of my highschool soundtrack, and continue to be one of those nostalgic bands that remind me of my Glory Days. Tearin’ up a bit as well just listening to some of their old stuff right now. Great call brother. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

      Exactly man! So much nostalgia! At the concert, there were so many tracks where I just stopped jumping around and teared up a bit. So much of my life has been revolving around this band and it was just an overhwhelming feeling.

  • Anonymous

    I love this band.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

      Amen brother.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=120811092 Sarah Smith

    They sure put on a great show! Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Their new single sounds different, but it a good way. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Sept 27th brings some more great songs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

      Oh the show was fantastic! I thought the set was perfect, new stuff, old stuff, middle of the road stuff, everything! Though I was upset they didn’t play Adam’s Song but I understand why they didn’t.

      As for Up All Night, first listen I really hated it but after a couple replays, I’ve come to love it. In my opinion, one of the new songs they played at the show, Ghost on the Dancefloor, is a great track and I can’t wait to hear the recording. Reminds me of There Is by Boxcar Racer.

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