To put it mildly, [artist id="783"]Blink-182[/artist] bassist Mark Hoppus is on a roll. He's taken part in the reunion of one of the hugest acts of the past decade; created a line of
ultra-limited, mollusk-related hard-drives; launched a sure-to-be successful tour; and worked with a couple of the brightest up-and-coming acts in the business ([artist id="2121977"]All Time Low[/artist] and [artist id="1236080"]Motion City Soundtrack[/artist]).
Seriously, the guy can multitask.
So it came as no surprise that last week, when MTV News was in Las Vegas for the kickoff of Blink's reunion tour, he decided that he should interview Motion City Soundtrack — the night's opening act, and a band he's worked with in the past — because, you know, he can!
Of course, we let him do it — and it turned out that he was really good. So good, in fact, that he got the guys in MCS to reveal the top-secret title of their upcoming album (which Hoppus produced), by employing an old trick we professional journalists like to call "the bum rush."
"I just worked with them and produced their new record, which is titled My Dinosaur Life," Hoppus said right off the bat. "Is that what it's called?"
"I think so," MCS frontman Justin Pierre responded, a little bit dumbfounded. "Currently we're having inter-band discussions between This Dinosaur Life, My Dinosaur Life, This Is My Dinosaur Life, His Dinosaur Life, Her Dinosaur Life, Their Dinosaur Lives. But I'm partial to My."
"I think My is good," Hoppus shot back. "Can we firm it up right now? My Dinosaur Life."
And firmed up it was. So, having just shocked the band into revealing one closely guarded secret, Hoppus got right to work on prying another bit of information from the band: Perhaps getting them to say something shocking about the new record? (What we in the biz call the "pull quote.") And once again, he struck gold.
"I think it's an awesome record," guitarist Joshua Crain said. "It's definitely a step up. Not that Commit This to Memory [the band's breakthrough 2005 effort] is a bad record, I love that record. I just feel that we got a little more aggro on this one."
Emboldened, Hoppus then moved in for the kill.
"What was it like to have two gnarly, defining rock moment milestones in your career," he asked, clearly setting the trap. "Commit This to Memory and My Dinosaur Life — both that are almost as big as Nirvana?"
"Words can't really express it. I'm stumped," Pierre said. "You know what, though? It feels good. One day, with a little help, you guys can get there."
What can we say? Hoppus is a total pro. Is there nothing he can't do?