Band refute rumours that they're playing SXSW
Blink-182 have teased fans with the promise of new music and live dates.
The band, who recently finished work on their new studio album, were rumoured to be playing at Austin, Texas festival SXSW this year. However, Mark Hoppus had to step in and stop the online rumour mill overnight to clarify that they will not be at the event.
He did, however, promise that new live shows will be announced shortly. In addition to that, the band shared a clip of Travis Barker playing the drum intro to one of his favourite songs on their new record.
Earlier this year (January 27) Hoppus revealed that the band are working on their new album with producer John Feldmann, best known for his work with All Time Low and 5 Seconds of Summer. Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio has joined the band as replacement from Tom DeLonge.
Feldmann is also the lead singer and guitarist of the band Goldfinger but has become one of the biggest producers in pop-punk, producing and co-writing on both 5 Seconds of Summer albums as well as holding production credits for bands such as Panic! At The Disco, The Used, Sleeping with Sirens, We Are The In Crowd, Black Veil Brides and Atreyu.
Skiba joined the group after frontman Tom DeLonge parted ways with the band. Mark Hoppus and bandmate Barker announced their split when the singer allegedly refused to enter the studio and record a new album with them.
Speaking to NME about the band’s current line-up, Barker painted a positive picture for fans. “Matt’s killing it,” the drummer said in a 2015 interview. “He’s fun to play with and write with. We’re just getting started but I think we’ve got, like, four or five songs right now that I’m really, really happy with. There’s a song called ‘Punk Rock Cliché’, which I love the most right now. It’s about friends of ours and their relationships.”
Asked how the new material is sounding, Barker admitted some things have obviously changed with DeLonge no longer in the band.
“They sound different but still the same,” the drummer said of the new music. “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.”
“The goal here is to come up with an album and just write,” he added. “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. You know, no pressure, no deadlines.”
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Tom DeLonge told NME that he still wants Blink-182 to be part of his life – yet he currently needs time to focus on his other projects, including solo material, work with his band Angels & Airwaves, novels and a live action film.