"We’re reestablishing new songs, new rhythms, new ideas."
Travis Barker says that Blink-182 are almost done with their forthcoming eighth album – and says it’s one for fans of their 2002 self-titled record.
Speaking to Billboard on the progress of new music from Blink, Travis admitted: “I’m really excited because we’re about 70 percent finished with our album.
“I feel like this is the closest we’ve come to something like [2003’s] Blink-182 since that album, which is one of my favorite Blink albums by far.”
When asked to explain the comparison, the legendary drummer reasoned: “I feel like [2016’s] ‘California’ was similar to [1999’s] ‘Enema of the State’ and [2001’s] ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’: reestablishing the band, giving fans what they really want and expect from Blink.
“Now that we got that out of our system naturally, we’re not writing like that this time. It’s more experimental. It’s not like you’re listening and thinking, ‘Oh I’ve heard that before, oh I can compare this to this other song.’ With this album we’re reestablishing new songs, new rhythms, new ideas.”
Barker added: “Where I look back at ‘California’, you could compare ‘Cynical’ to other fast songs we’ve done. I could put ‘She’s Out of Her Mind’ down as a brother-sister record to ‘Rock Show’ or ‘First Date.’ The songs on the new album don’t have any brothers or sisters.
“They don’t sound like anything we’ve done before. Songs on self-titled like ‘Feeling This’ and ‘I Miss You,’ I really feel like those didn’t sound like anything Blink had touched on before. I just know were doing that again. That’s exciting to me.”
When grilled on a release date, Barker said it can be expected in “April, May or June, if I had to guess. That’s the target. It’s kind of loose. But I feel like it’s happening right around there.”
And while new music is yet to arrive, Barker says a new track has the working title ‘Paris’ – featuring a beat that he he previously made for Juice WRLD.
“I’ve always known my role and what I should and shouldn’t do when it comes to Blink albums. I can give just enough to give it a vibe. There’s so much rap music that’s inspired by pop-punk and punk rock. I feel like Juice WRLD is very along the lines of pop-punk with trap drums,” he said.
In other Blink news, it was claimed earlier this week that you’ve probably been singing the wrong lyrics to ‘What’s My Age Again’ all this time…