Blink-182 to record new music with Matt Skiba in August

Alkaline Trio frontman has been playing live with the band since departure of Tom DeLonge

Blink-182 are reportedly due to record new music with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio as soon as next month.

The information was revealed in a new interview with band member Mark Hoppus in Billboard. Though the interview focuses mainly on Hoppus’ work making music for a new film, it is mentioned that the trio will head into the studio in August.

Hoppus and collaborator James Ingram have written the score for four-minute stop-motion animated short I’m Scared.

Matt Skiba has previously said that he is keen to record with Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker, with whom he is currently playing live.

Skiba joined the band as a live member earlier this year, after Barker and Hoppus split from Tom DeLonge when the singer allegedly refused to enter the studio and record a new album with them. A statement from Hoppus and Barker followed, asserting DeLonge had quit the band.

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Speaking in a recent interview, Skiba hinted for the first time that he would be interested in recording with Hoppus and Barker when the possibility was mentioned to him.

“I think that’s a great idea and it’s something we have discussed,” he said of a potential new album. “It’s something I would be very excited to do and I’ve known the Blink guys for about 15 years, and we’ve become good friends. Playing songs I haven’t written with Mark and Travis is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing.”

However, Skiba went on to say that he does not yet consider himself a permanent member of the group. He revealed: “I think it’s too soon to know. I’m about to go on an Alkaline Trio tour for a couple months. There’s some time and some things that those guys need to figure out before we can start saying I’m a permanent member. But that is a hope of mine. If we’re discussing recording an album, I think that seals the deal.”

Travis Barker called the band’s first live performances without DeLonge “a great feeling”.

Meanwhile, DeLonge has revealed plans to release four albums and publish 15 novels this year.
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