This Travis Barker article was written by Kieron Keen, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Ben Kendall.
Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker, has recently confirmed that the band’s new album has been completed, and also revealed that they will release a new single as well as announce a tour within the next two months.
Since founding member Tom DeLonge left the band in 2015, the band recruited Alkaline Trio vocalist Matt Skiba to join the group and have been working on new material ever since, as Barker explained that the band has trashed 16 previously written tracks so they could create “the best material we’ve written or put out in years.”
The band bassist and founding member, Mark Hoppus, has been keeping fans in loop with small snippets of progress in the recording studio via his Instagram.
Barker gave an interview at Musink Music Festival (for which he is a co-founder of) and discussed working with the band’s new producer, John Feldmann, who has worked with All Time Low and 5 Seconds of Summer.
The band have previously only worked with Jerry Finn who died in 2008. “We never worked with a producer outside of Jerry Finn, so when we got in to record this album, I somehow got back in touch with John and then he was like ‘man, he gotta catch up and have lunch or dinner’, and then we did, and then I was like ‘you should be working on the Blink album’, and literally the next day we were in the studio, and it has been a crazy three and a half or four weeks.”
He also opened up about working in the studio with Skiba for the first time, “It was great to have someone who wants to be in the studio all the time with us. It has been amazing. I think the days of making great records, at least with Blink, the proof has been shown that it’s great when we’re all in the studio together.”