Blink-182 are dropping their new album California without longtime member Tom DeLonge, who was replaced with Matt Skiba. Tom up and quit the band last year, siting artistic differences, but now he's claiming that he needed to take a break to pursue his greatest passion of studying aliens.

"It's something I've always wanted to do, he said. "I've always had a passion for space and the future. But when you dive into this type of material, it's a lot more than just science and technology. It has to do with religion and cosmology and it has to do with politics and secrecy. So it's a pretty fantastic ride." How dare something as trivial as Blink 182 get in the way of that vision. "I can’t tour nine months out of the year with enough time to do the enormity of what I’m setting out to do," he said.

So Tom has launched a multimedia franchise called Sekret Machines to explore "unidentified aerial phenomena." "When you're an individual like me, dealing with something that’s a national security issue, and you're being gifted with the opportunity to communicate something you've been passionate about your whole life — something that has the opportunity to change the world over time — being a small part of that is enormously important for my life path."