Barker also recording new solo music and releases with Antemasque and Transplants
Travis Barker has revealed his plans for 2016, including a new Blink-182 album and solo material.
Barker revealed the full list of what he is working on in a reply to a fan on Instagram yesterday (December 9). He shared a picture of himself drumming with Antemasque, the new band formed by At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta’s Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and he began chatting to fans in the comment section.
Asked what his plans for 2016 were, he replied saying a new Blink-182 album was due in addition to albums with Antemasque, two EPs with Transplants and a solo album.
Earlier this year Barker told NME that the band have recorded five new songs with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio (pictured below), 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.