Travis Barker says new-look Blink-182 line-up are ‘going to make a great album’

First record since Tom DeLonge's departure is expected this summer

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has discussed his band’s upcoming new album, stating that the group are “not striving for mediocrity”.

Barker recently confirmed that a new Blink LP will be released in 2016, their first effort since the departure of co-frontman Tom DeLonge.

Now, speaking to Upset Magazine, Barker has said that the record “is coming together”.

“I’m excited… We have 15-20 songs right now,” he revealed. “It’s awesome because we’re all actually in the studio, where we couldn’t get that with the old line-up. It was impossible to get all three of us in the same studio… I think with a band you can’t just phone it in. You gotta be there. For that great chemistry and for everyone to really vibe you gotta all be in the same room.

“Just having someone like Matt [Skiba, new member] who’s in the studio everyday is great. You got to show up, that’s the first part… It’s a new chapter and we’re not striving for mediocrity, we’re looking to kill it. We’re gonna make a great album.”

“I think summertime,” Travis said of a possible release date. “There’s tentatively some plans to play shows during summer. Everything will come together and be revealed in due time. It’s gonna be great.”

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Last year, Barker told NME that the band have recorded five new songs with Matt Skiba, including one titled ‘Punk Rock Cliché’.

Skiba joined the group earlier this year 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 recently 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.