Published Oct 20, 2015Because he's too busy becoming a one-man publishing machine and possibly saving the world from aliens, Tom DeLonge has had a conscious uncoupling from the other members of Blink-182. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker have forged on without him, getting Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba to adopt a DeLonge voice for some new recordings. Now, Barker has given a studio update on the new material.
Speaking with NME, Barker said the band are "four or five songs" into the new album. "Matt's killing it," he added. "He's fun to play with and write with."
Of the new material, Barker says his favourite song is called "Punk Rock Cliché." Though it sounds like a meta-reference to Blink's long career, he said, "It's about friends of ours and their relationships."
As for the album's sound, Barker said the songs "sound different but still the same," adding, ""Obviously, it's Matt Skiba singing so there's hints of Alkaline Trio, or at least Matt's contributions to Alkaline Trio, mixed with my drumming and Mark's voice and stuff. It's really cool and I really love what we've done so far."
Barker didn't give a solid idea of when the album will arrive. "We don't put a limit on how many songs we're gonna write. [We just] Write a bunch of songs and when we feel like there's an album ready, there's an album ready," he said. "You know, no pressure, no deadlines."
In addition to the new Blink-182 album, Travis Barker's new autobiography Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death & Drums, Drums, Drums hits book stores today (October 20).