Matt Skiba says a new Blink-182 album is ‘a great idea and something we have discussed’

Alkaline Trio frontman has stood in for Tom Delonge since his departure and is keen to make switch permanent

Matt Skiba has said that he is keen to record with the Blink-182 bandmates he is currently playing live with.

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.

Speaking in a new interview with Alternative Nation, Alkaline Trio frontman and solo star in his own right 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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