Blink-182 are to release their first single recorded since ‘Neighbourhoods’ came out in 2011 – and their first with Matt Skiba – next month.
Tom Delonge departed the pop-punk act in 2015, after a series of rows, with Alkaline Trio frontman Skiba drafted in to accompany Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker on a number of live performances. An album featuring Skiba was confirmed over the last few weeks, and a first single from that album – as yet untitled – has now been promised for April.
A spokesperson for the band confirmed the single to Entertainment Weekly, after Travis Barker had earlier explained that the forthcoming album was in the process of being cut down from 26 or 27 tracks earlier this month.
Mark Hoppus is expected to be the lead vocalist on the majority of new material, with Skiba in a backup roll. The band have promised that tour dates are also on the horizon. There is no confirmed date for the album, but it is expected in 2016.
Producer John Feldmann, meanwhile, has compared the loss of Delonge to The Beatles losing Lennon, and paid tribute to the new record.
Talking to Kerrang, Feldmann said: “When it comes to recording with Matt I was thinking about what the closest parallel might be in musical terms, and I guess it would be like replacing Paul McCartney or John Lennon in The Beatles.”
However, the producer reassured fans that the band are still the same at their core. “Tom and Mark really were a pair of lead singers, but Mark sings a lot of people’s favourite songs!”
“The guys aren’t 23 anymore, they’re dads now, so they’re no longer writing songs about poo and that kind of stuff. But there’s still got to be a sense of humour to it; it’s got to be fun and funny, but also age appropriate. There’s got to be growth on the album and there is.”
“It sounds fucking great and I’m just so excited to have people hear it. I’d say it’s one of the best records I’ve ever made in my life,” he concluded.