Tom DeLonge: ‘The machine caused Blink-182’s break up’

Guitarist also says new album 'Neighborhoods' is 'our best work by far'

Tom DeLonge has said Blink-182‘s break up was “stupid” and has blamed “the machine” around the pop punk trio for causing it.

Speaking on Zane Lowe‘s show on BBC Radio 1 last night (July 18), the guitarist said that burnout and outside interference led the band to split in 2005.

He said: “The reason the band broke up was really stupid in the first place, it’s not like anybody had sex with each other’s wives, though for how bad we hated each other that should have been what happened.”

Asked why he thought the split was caused, DeLonge replied: “The band got so big that the machine running the band took over. We were burnt out, we needed a break, but the machine won’t let you do that. The band had stopped communicating because the machine was so big.”

DeLonge also spoke about the band’s sixth studio album ‘Neighborhoods’, which will be their first album for eight years when it is released in September. He said of the album: “The album’s amazing. If you like our music, it’s our best work by far.”

He continued: “It’s very modern, very relevant to rock music today, but we made sure to throw a couple of songs in there that sound like they’re from the mid ’90s. It’s gigantic, it’s made for big places.”

The band released their new single ‘Up All Night’ online on Friday (July 15). They tour the UK next summer.