A brand new blink-182 track, “6/8” is our Track Of The Day today. “6/8” is from the upcoming deluxe edition of California, and is named as such because of it’s time signature, bringing a different sound from what we’ve come to expect from blink-182.
Give me odd timing and interesting and eccentric sounds over predictability and structure any day. “6/8” brings that interesting oddness. And despite being described by the band as ‘the strangest’ song they’ve created, I am hooked. Past selves (in particular ones that existed in the 90s) discovered the joy of interesting time signatures with bands like Soundgarden. They made music that had songs feel like an epic twisting and weaving adventure more than a straight line from A to B.
“6/8” is heavy riffs as introduction, with percussion accented verses and vocal morphing. Melodic choruses play out with a backing which still holds a vibe of uncertainty and darkness.
The storminess that plays out in the timing and heaviness is a perfect means of capturing the story of someone who seems to be creating a destructive path and heading for their demise. It’s accented with powerful screams as well as spoken apology. It’s a powerful invitation to get real and face the mess that’s been made, or at least find peace where you’re at.
“Learn to swim in rushing rivers
Breaking on the shore
Make your peace with broken streets
Your face turned towards the storm”
Rock on, blink-182. I’ll take an album full of tracks like this beauty.
Check out “6/8” with its beautifully created lyric video, the work of Digital Marionette Studios.