Mark Hoppus and Alex Gaskarth are the worst security guards in Simple Creatures’ ‘Adrenaline’

If you ever need a pair of security guards to protect your business, it may not be a good idea to hire Simple Creatures’ Mark Hoppus and Alex Gaskarth. On Thursday (April 25), the duo unleashed the music video for their latest single “Adrenaline” which finds them being the worst security guards around.

The almost-three-and-half-minute video begins with the twosome sitting inside what looks like a locker room. By the look on both guys’ faces, they aren’t exactly excited to be at work inside of a morgue, but who would be?

As the music begins to play, the dead bodies in the morgue begin to mouth along to the lyrics. While Hoppus and Gaskarth are goofing off in their office —not once looking at their CCTV system— the dead bodies come to life. Two of the corpse, who look like they were in a relationship before dying, go frolicking in the graveyard while the others start dancing in the morgue. The video concludes with neither Hoppus nor Gaskarth aware of what’s going on.

Like we said, if you need a pair of security guards, it may be wise to look in another direction. Watch the music video for “Adrenaline” above.

“Adrenaline” is featured on Simple Creatures’ recently released EP, Strange Love. “Adrenaline” joins previously released tracks “Drug” and the album’s title track “Strange Love.”

While promoting the new album recently, the duo revealed that they already had plans to release its follow-up. The band allegedly unveiled the upcoming EP’s during a show, but there was no proof to corroborate these claims. Shortly after, the group confirmed that their second EP would be titled Everything Opposite and is due out later this summer.

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.”

Mumford and Sons Cover Blink-182 with Mark Hoppus


Remember how last week Mumford and Sons welcomed Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus on stage for a cover of ’80s staple “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics? Well, it appears that they guys from Mumford liked having Hoppus around so much that they decided to cover another song together with the bassist.

During the folk band’s show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood this past weekend, Hoppus was once again brought out on stage alongside Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and T-Bone Burnett for a cover of Hoppus’s (and the rest of Blink-182) very own “What’s My Age Again?”

Might be a kind of random grouping, but hey, sometimes the things you don’t think work together do in the end. Check out the fan shot video from the show below, so don’t expect the audio from the video to be recording studio worthy.

Mark Hoppus Joins Mumford and Sons on Stage

So what happens when you combine a folk band, one-third of a pop-punk band, and an 80s staple? One collaboration that, in a way, works.

During their show last night (Aug. 18) at the Forum in Inglewood, CA, Mumford and Sons brought Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus on stage to join them for a cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams.” But Hoppus wasn’t the only one putting his hat in the ring for this version of the song; Mumford’s tour mates Jack Garratt and the Vaccines joined in on the performance as well.

Watch some videos from the show below.

As it turns out, it isn’t the first time the United Kingdom band covered the 1983 song. They debuted their version of the song back in late July while performing at BBC’s Maida Vale Session, but recently, they added to their touring setlist.

Mumford and Sons is just about to wrap up their summer festival tour which they embarked on in support of their recently released album, Wilder Mind. Their next stop will be at the Gentlemen of the Road festival in Salida, CO this upcoming weekend (Aug. 31-22).

Blink-182 to Record with Matt Skiba


It’s been several months since anyone has heard anything from Blink-182’s camp and in a way we’re happy about that since it means all the inner band turmoil has slightly subsided.

In a recent interview with Billboard that was mostly about Mark Hoppus and his experience scoring a film for the first time, the topic of the band recording new music was brought up. While there wasn’t much information given about the topic of Blink, there were two sentences at the end of the article that gave hope to fans waiting for new music.

“In the meantime, Hoppus continues with Blink-182. He said the threesome — with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba replacing guitarist Tom DeLonge — will head back into the studio in August.”

In a fitting time frame, August 2015 will mark a year since Blink-182, featuring Tom DeLonge, performed together for an audience at Reading and Leeds in the United Kingdom.

On the upside, it seems that many fans are welcoming to Skiba. The Alkaline Trio frontman officially joined the group back in March when they performed a warm-up gig at The Roxy in Los Angeles before performing at drummer Travis Barker’s Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival in Orange County the weekend after.

Taste of Chaos Tour Resurrected

Ladies and gentle-dudes who grew up in the mid-00s, Taste of Chaos is back!

For anyone who grew up during the era of “emo bands,” Taste of Chaos, the sister traveling festival to Warped Tour, was definitely something you wanted to go to. Unlike Warped Tour, TOC concentrated on heavier bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu, and many more.

In 2010, fans of the festival were given the saddening news that it would no longer exist, at least in the United States.

Fast forward five years, and now it has been resurrected from the festival funeral home.

Founder Kevin Lyman had been hinting at a resurrection over the past few weeks, but did not confirm whether the festival would return or if he was just being a troll.

Surprise, it’s back, but with some changes.

Instead of traveling across the country like it had done in the past, Taste of Chaos will stay stationed at the San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA.

But if its return is not enough to get those dark hearts of yours beating, then the newly announced line-up will do the trick.

Newly reunited Thrice, Jimmy Eat World, The Used, Saves the Day, The All-American Rejects, Dashboard Confessional and more are all slated to hit the stage on Oct. 3.

While the line-up may not be completely heavy, like the past incarnations, it’s nice to see that some veteran TOC bands (Thrice, The Used, Story of the Year) will be featured on the line-up.

Check out the complete line-up below.


Jimmy Eat World
The Used
Dashboard Confessional
The All-American Rejects
Saves The Day
The Movielife
Story Of The Year
Mark Hoppus (DJ set)
Greek Fire


Tickets for Taste of Chaos are scheduled to go on sale beginning Monday (June 22) on their official website which has yet to formally launch. Tickets start at $25 and for those are into camping, the festival will be offering accommodations for that.

New Blink-182 Album to Feature Matt Skiba?


Could a new Blink-182 album be coming our way sooner than we thought?


During an interview with Alternative Nation, Alkaline Trio frontman and current guitar fill-in for Blink, Matt Skiba had been asked about the possibility of him joining the band permanently and even recording a new album with them.

“It’s something I would be very excited to do and I’ve known the Blink guys for about 15 years and we’ve become good friends,” said Skiba.

“Playing songs I haven’t written with Mark [Hoppus] and Travis [Barker] is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing.”

Skiba joined the pop-punk band a few month ago after inner band turmoil reached an all time high with founding member Tom DeLonge leaving or being kicked out, depending on which story you believe, of the band.

Since DeLonge’s departure, Skiba has been filling in for all the gigs the band had previously schedule. But don’ think this is the end of Alkaline Trio. The band is slated to tour the country this Spring beginning today (April 24) at the Summit Music Hall in Denver.

Skiba’s sentiments about joining and recording an album with the remaining members of Blink-182 mirror those of drummer Travis Barker who said in an interview, “If we did make an album with Skiba, it would be unreal.”

Until then, we’ll just wait and see.

All Time Low Give Fans a Mark Hoppus “Tidal Wave”


Happy Friday Hustlers, and casual All Time Low listeners.

The band is celebrating the gates to the weekend by releasing another new track from their upcoming new record, Future Hearts.

The difference between this week’s new track and the other three they have previously released is the presence of a familiar face, or better yet a familiar voice; Mark Hoppus.

The godfather of the pop-punk genre lends his voice to the mellower track which plays the fourth single from the Baltimore band’s impending record.

Check out the song below.

“Tidal Waves” will join previously released tracks, “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Kids in the Dark,” and “Runaways on Future Hearts. Future Hearts will officially be released on April 7 through Hopeless Records.

Don’t forget, like you could, All Time Low will be hitting the road this Spring in support of the new album. Get tickets to their shows before they sell out. Full tour dates can be seen here.

Watch Blink-182 Perform Live with Matt Skiba


With all the drama surrounding Blink-182 over the past month, it’s kind of surprise that the group have decided to forge on by replacing founding member Tom DeLonge with a new singer; but what are you going to do when there are contractually obligated shows you need to perform at?

Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and now-singer Matt Skiba, made their debut as the newly revised Blink-182 at The Roxy last night (March 18). The gig was part warm-up, part introductory before the band hit the stage at Barker’s Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival in Orange County on Sunday (March 22).

The band’s setlist featured over 20 songs including songs like “Feeling This,” “What’s My Age Again?,” “The Rock Show,” “Carousel,” and “Dammit.”

Thanks to those in the audience, footage from the show was shot and can be viewed below.

Now, the question becomes, how do we feel about Skiba taking over for DeLonge?

Travis Barker Finally Responds to Tom DeLonge’s Twitter Post


It’s been a few days now since we’ve heard anything from the blink-182 chronicles, making us feel like the explosion might have died down, but now, drummer Travis Barker is opening up about the drama behind the scenes.

In a radio interview on Kevin and Bean, Barker covered many topics including the latest revelation that Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus were considering replacing him after he got into a Twitter feud with the promoter from their Australian tour in 2013.

“You know, I didn’t really know that much about that [Tom’s tweet],” he said.

“Mark had to explain it to me, and I was like, cool. If that was his decision, I definitely wouldn’t make the stink that he is now. I would bow out and be like, much love to you, I wish you nothing but the best. I wouldn’t be doing the back and forth and most importantly, I would speak for myself.”

But things did not end there. When asked about DeLonge and his lack of desire for anything blink-182 related, he admitted, like he and Hoppus had in a previous interview, that they were done covering up for their former frontman.

“I’ve always had to cover up for him,” Barker said. “Finally it’s just out. He doesn’t want to record. He hasn’t wanted to record. We’ve tried recording four or five times. We’ve catered to him. We’ve got label interest. We did everything he wanted to do and then his manager still sends us an email saying Tom’s out.”

But on thing that caught many fans’ attention during the interview was when Barker still called DeLonge his friend.

“He’s [DeLonge] absolutely still my friend, it’s just he doesn’t want to play in a band. It’s like a chick. You’re not gonna make a chick that says ‘Hey I don’t want to see you indefinitely and I don’t know how long, I might not want to see you forever.’ You’re not going to be like ‘You get over here. You play with me right now.’ You need to give her her space, you need to let her go live… and it’s the same thing.”

While not the best metaphor, Barker does make a point.