There’ll be a new single and a tour announced in the next two months
Blink-182’s[A]drummer Travis Barker has confirmed that the band have finished their new album, he also revealed that over the next two months they’ll be releasing a new single and announcing a summer tour within six weeks.
Barker explained that the band scrapped all sixteen of the tracks they’d previously written to create “the best material we’ve written or put out in years”. Found member, Tom DeLonge quit the band back in 2015 and told NME he hadn’t spoken to rest of the band since.
The drummer also opened up about working with the band’s new producer, John Feldmann, who has worked with the likes of [A]5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low and Avicii. This is the first time the band has used a new producer having previously worked with Jerry Finn who died back in 2008.
Speaking in a pair of interviews at the Musink Music Festival is LA Barker said: “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.”
Barker also explained the gruelling hours they’d put in to get the album ready so quickly, he said: “We’ve been working probably 15-20 hour days, it’s been a lot of time in the studio. I was literally at his [John Fieldmann’s] house until 2 or 3am before the Grammys, I was recording Blink tracks.”
The band have also been working with [A]Alkaline Trio’s[A] Matt Skiba on guitar and vocals, Barker said it really helped the creative process being in one place. He said: “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.”
“I think just sending track and sending ideas back and forth through the internet, it can’t be as collaborative as it should be. I love us all being in the studio and throwing around ideas and really collaborating.”