Though September 27 is the date engraved in fans’ minds, midnight of August 25 was a quality treat for the ever-so-patient Blink-182 fans in the release of the music video for the new single “Up All Night.”
It’s been nearly six years since music’s most immature and hysterical trio released a music video, with their last being “Not Now” from their greatest hits album. While “Not Now” is only a compilation of previous music video clips and live footage, it serves as a reminder as to all the great things we’ve seen over the years. It also reminds viewers that the band has set the bar pretty high, and that expectations for any new visual material is through the roof.
The band opted to go with a traditional video treatment – background nonsense going on with intermittent clips of the three playing in similar scenery. Essentially it’s just a bunch of clips of random mischief from neighborhood kids living it up and waging war on each other, although it’s sadly not as entertaining as it sounds. The jackass-ery we’re used to from the boys is hardly lived up to, and there’s a severe lack of that signature ridiculousness the world loves from Blink-182. We expect to see something creative like “First Date,” funny like “The Rock Show” or with school girls like “Feelin’ This.” Usually the band uses more typical videos for their second through fourth album singles, rolling out the wackiness for the lead single; that just isn’t the case here.
It’s impossible to call the video a letdown though. Blink-182 is back, and that’s enough in its own right. Playing it safe maybe isn’t as fun on the eyes, but just having new tunes from Mark, Tom, and Travis is more than enough. Make sure to pick up Neighborhoods on September 27.