Tom DeLonge: ‘Blink-182 don’t have anything to prove’

Band will release their seventh album in 2015

Tom DeLonge has said that Blink-182 “don’t have anything to prove”, suggesting that the band have worked out the best way to release their new album.

The record in question will be the band’s seventh studio effort, following on from 2011’s ‘Neighborhoods’. It’ll be the group’s first full-length since parting with long-term label Interscope.

Speaking to NME, DeLonge said he and bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker had “solved the puzzle” of how to put the record out.

“We’ve just started the conversation in the past couple of days of when/where and how to start recording,” he said. “We’ve been kind of taking our time trying to figure out the best way to put the record out, you know. I think we just solved that puzzle a couple of weeks ago. I don’t think we have anything to prove. I think we have to just try and go into it and try to make the best album of our career and create a situation that’s really creative and conducive to that idea.”

Meanwhile, DeLonge said there will be no surprises in terms of the sound of the record. He stated: “Blink is celebrated for its immediacy and its legacy and for its potential, but not in the realms of doing things that elevate it above the audience. It has to be something that’s tangible and down to earth in a way.”

DeLonge recently drew criticism for comparing music streaming to killing elephants. Speaking in November, DeLonge said: “I tell people condoning streaming is like condoning the Chinese that are killing elephants for their tusks and carving ivory statues.”

Earlier this year DeLonge released a new album with his other band, Angels & Airwaves, ‘The Dream Walker’ after headlining Reading & Leeds with Blink-182 in the summer.