Travis Barker tells NME about the album the pop-punk band are making with new member Matt Skiba

Travis Barker of Blink-182 has told NME that the band have recorded five new songs with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, including one titled ‘Punk Rock Cliché’.

Skiba joined the group earlier this year after frontman Tom DeLonge parted ways with the band. Mark Hoppus and bandmate Travis 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,” Barker told NME. “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.”

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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.”

Barker is currently promoting his memoir Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death & Drums, Drums, Drums, which will be published on October 20 by William Morrow Publishers.