Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker are making album with new singer Matt Skiba
Blink-182 are working on their new album with producer John Feldmann, best known for his work with All Time Low and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Mark Hoppus of the band posted a tweet yesterday (January 27) which included a picture of the band, himself and Travis Barker plus Tom DeLonge replacement Matt Skiba, alongside Feldmann. He captioned the image: “In the studio for 14 hours today and drank so much coffee I’ll never sleep again.”
Feldmann is also the lead singer and guitarist of the band Goldfinger but has become one of the biggest producers in pop-punk, producing and co-writing on both 5 Seconds of Summer albums as well as holding production credits for bands such as Panic! At The Disco, The Used, Sleeping with Sirens, We Are The In Crowd, Black Veil Brides and Atreyu.
Last year Travis Barker told NME that the band had recorded five new songs with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, including one titled ‘Punk Rock Cliché’.
Skiba joined the group after frontman Tom DeLonge parted ways with the band. Mark Hoppus and bandmate Barker announced their split when the singer allegedly refused to enter the studio and record a new album with them.
Speaking to NME about the band’s current line-up, Barker painted a positive picture for fans. “Matt’s killing it,” the drummer said. “He’s fun to play with and write with. We’re just getting started but I think we’ve got, like, four or five songs right now that I’m really, really happy with. There’s a song called ‘Punk Rock Cliché’, which I love the most right now. It’s about friends of ours and their relationships.”
Asked how the new material is sounding, Barker admitted some things have obviously changed with DeLonge no longer in the band.
“They sound different but still the same,” the drummer said of the new music. “Obviously, it’s Matt Skiba singing so there’s hints of Alkaline Trio, or at least Matt’s contributions to Alkaline Trio, mixed with my drumming and Mark’s voice and stuff. It’s really cool and I really love what we’ve done so far.”
“The goal here is to come up with an album and just write,” he added. “We don’t put a limit on how many songs we’re gonna write. [We just] write a bunch of songs and when we feel like there’s an album ready, there’s an album ready. You know, no pressure, no deadlines.”
Tom DeLonge told NME that he still wants Blink-182 to be part of his life – yet he currently needs time to focus on his other projects, including solo material, work with his band Angels & Airwaves, novels and a live action film.