12/11/2012 10:07 am ET

Blink-182's 'Boxing Day': Band Releases Rock Holiday Song

Blink-182 has released a new holiday song, "Boxing Day." Featured on the band's upcoming "Dogs Eating Dogs" EP, "Boxing Day" features a stripped-down Blink-182, reminiscent of the band's earlier years.

"I'm empty like the day after Christmas / swept beneath the wave of your goodbye / You left me on the day after Christmas / there's nothing left to say and so goodnight," Mark Hoppus laments in the chorus of the song.

The band continued the spread of holiday cheer by selling Blink-182 "Merry F---ing Christmas" sweatshirts.

"Dogs Eating Dogs" is Blink-182's first EP as independent artists since their recent split from Interscope Records. After 15 years of working with Interscope, the band expressed a desire for "freedom."

Blink seems to be happy with this new-found freedom as Travis Barker told Rolling Stone, "To me already, this EP is a hundred times better than 'Neighborhoods.'"

Tom DeLonge also spoke about how much fun the band had recording the album, telling Billboard, "We're connected and laughing and making jokes and making fun of each other, and really having strong debates whether or not we should have a whole chorus about penises. I mean that's what Blink was always good at: Taking a great song and making it into a dick joke… But we never did that on 'Neighborhoods.' There was no laughing on 'Neighborhoods.' There were no dick jokes."

Blink 182's "Dogs Eating Dogs" EP hits stores on Dec. 18 and is available for pre-order through the band's website.

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