Producer, John Feldmann, has spoken in an interview for Kerrang! Magazine about working with Blink-182 on their new album, and has given an insight into what the record will encompass, even comparing the band replacing long-time co-frontman Tom DeLonge to The Beatles replacing John Lennon or Paul McCartney.
“Blink-182 has got as strong a legacy as any band I’ve ever worked with, and it’s a legitimate legacy, too. It’s also something that I deeply respect. I’ve known these guys for 20 years and it’s not something that i’m taking lightly.” Feldmann told Kerrang! “We’ve been pulling in 18-hour days since I’ve been given this beautiful opportunity in order to focus on what the band is about [in 2016]. I mean the guys aren’t 23 anymore – you know, they’re dads now – so they’re no longer writing songs about poo and pee and that kind of stuff. But there’s still got to be a sense of humour to it; it’s got to be fun and funny, but also age-appropriate! Theres’ got to be growth on the album, and there is.“
Feldmann commented on working with Matt Skiba, the band’s new guitarist/co-vocalist, replacing Tom DeLonge: “Because the band are now working with Matt, who is such a great guy, the challenge for me is how do we make a wonderful record that doesn’t sound like a blink cover band, with a new singer, and that doesn’t sound like Alkaline Trio? [Skiba’s original band]”
“And I think we’ve done that. It sounds fucking great, and i’m just do excited to have people hear it. I’d day it’s on of the best records I’ve ever made in my life. When it comes to recording with Matt, I was thinking about what the closest parallel might be in music terms, and I guess it would be like replacing Paul McCartney or John Lennon in The Beatles. Tom and Mark really were a pair of lead singers. But Mark sings a lot of people’s favourite blink songs!”
“It’s not that far off the old Blink-182 sound,” Feldmann said on the sound of the new record, “With Travis on drums and Mark on vocals, when I hear the new stuff I’m not hearing a huge departure. And that’s why I think that when people hear this album – they’re gonna love it.”
“It sounds fucking great and I’m just so excited to have people hear it. I’d say it’s one of the best records I’ve ever made in my life.”
John Feldmann, as well as a producer, is the lead vocalist and guitarist for punk band Goldfinger, and holds production/songwriting credits for bands such as The Used, Panic! At The Disco, 5 Seconds Of Summer, All Time Low, Good Charlotte, Sleeping With Sirens, We Are The In Crowd and Black Veil Brides.
This John Feldmann article was written by Ben Kendall, a GIGsoup contributor.