Alex Gaskarth, Mark Hoppus launch new project

Remember earlier this month when All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth announced that the band would be taking a break later this year? Remember when he said he would be interested in working with the other musicians especially when it came to songwriting? Well, it looks like his at-the-time-rumored plans were just hints about his latest announcement.

On Thursday (Jan. 24) Gaskarth and Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus announced the formation of their new act, Simple Creatures. Taking to social media the duo made the official announcement to their unsuspecting fans.

“You might be wondering what in the hell is going on with my socials right now. Well, my good friend Mark Hoppus and I have been quietly making music together for a little while now and we’re finally ready to share it with ya,” Gaskarth posted on Instagram.

He continues: “We’re calling this baby Simple Creatures and we’d like to invite you to join us for the ride.”

Like Gaskarth, Hoppus took to Instagram to write his own introduction to the new band.

“So stoked to finally share Simple Creatures with the world! Alex and I have been working on this new band for a while.”

In addition to the formal introduction, Hoppus and Gaskarth also debuted the band’s first single, “Drug.” Following in true Blink-182 and All Time Low fashion, the song is nothing less than pop-punk goodness.

“‘Drug’ is always the first song we play people when introducing them to Simple Creatures, so it only makes sense that it’s the first single,” explain Hoppus.

“I love the ratty guitar lead mixed with the thumping kick drum. Lyrically, the song is about being destroyed by the things you love.”

The song was written with friend and producer Zakk Cervini whose resume includes All Time Low, Blink-182, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Yungblud.

Listen to “Drug” above.

Simple Creatures’ first EP is due out sometime in March. Pre-orders are available on the band’s website.

As for All Time Low, it looks like the band does not have any immediate plans in the future except for an appearance at this year’s United Kingdom-based music festival Slam Dunk Festival.

As for Blink-182, things have been quiet following the conclusion of their Las Vegas residency. Last week, EDM poster boys the Chainsmokers revealed they had gone into the studio with the band for “an amazing song.”

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