Home Is Such a Lonely Place
|"Home Is Such a Lonely Place"|
|Single by Blink-182|
|from the album California|
|Released||April 18, 2017|
(Woodland Hills, California)
|Blink-182 singles chronology|
"Home Is Such a Lonely Place" is a song recorded by American rock band Blink-182 for the group's seventh studio album, California (2016). The song was released as the third single from California on April 18, 2017 through BMG. It is a ballad with a finger-picked guitar and strings. Lyrically, the song revolves around the idea of letting go of the ones you love. Bassist Mark Hoppus and producer John Feldmann first began developing the song while discussing their families, and how tough it might be when their children grow up and leave home. The song was written by Hoppus, Feldmann, drummer Travis Barker, guitarist Matt Skiba, and songwriter David Hodges.
Despite the fact that it was released as a single, the song was not performed live by the band on California's supporting tour.
Producer John Feldmann recalled that they "needed" a ballad—"whatever that means for Blink"—for California. The concept behind the song, according to bassist Mark Hoppus, is "letting go of people hugely important in your life." He and Feldmann met for coffee one morning before getting into the studio, and the subject of their children came up. They discussed how their lives were built around family, and how difficult it might be for them when their children eventually grow up and leave home. Hoppus wrote the song about his son, Jack, who at the time was 13.
Hoppus was fond of the song's title, calling it his favorite lyric on the album at the time of its release: "I really like that lyric, because when you think about home it's supposed to be safe and comforting and fulfilling, but sometimes it can also be the worst place in the world." He described the song's tone as "kinda in the same mindset" as past Blink singles, such as "I Miss You".
"Home Is Such a Lonely Place" was sent to alternative radio April 18, 2017.
This sample illustrates the finger-picked guitar line, as well as the drum roll.
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"Home Is Such a Lonely Place" was written by Hoppus, Feldmann, drummer Travis Barker, guitarist Matt Skiba, and songwriter David Hodges, best known for his work with rock band Evanescence. Feldmann produced the song, and Zakk Cervini served as recording engineer. The song was mixed by Neal Avron. The song is largely based around a finger-picked, arpeggiated guitar line, strings, and a snare drum roll. Hoppus sings the verses, with guitarist Matt Skiba singing the chorus and providing background vocals and harmonies. A main lyric in the song is "I hold on tight / But not enough to hold you back."
The song's music video was directed by Jason Goldwatch, and released on June 6, 2017. The clip takes the form of home movies, shot on 8mm film, of the trio and their family and friends as they prepare to head out on tour. The description for the video states it was among the most easy music videos to film, as well as most honest and personal.
- John Feldmann – producer
- Zakk Cervini – additional production, recording engineer, mixing engineer
- Matt Pauling – additional production, recording engineer
- Neal Avron – mixing
- Ted Jensen – mastering engineer
- Allie Snow – assistant
- Brian Burnham – assistant
- Cody Okonski – assistant
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||29|
|US Alternative Songs (Billboard)||32|
|United States||April 18, 2017||Alternative radio||BMG|
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