Travis Barker, Blink-182’s drummer, has discussed the band’s new album and given more insight into the departure of the band’s ex co-frontman Tom DeLonge explaining that the singer wanted the band to change musical direction and sound more like U2 or Coldplay during the making of their last album.
The band’s last album, Neighborhoods, was released in 2011, before Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba eventually replaced DeLonge last year.
In an interview with big time Youtuber, Mr. Wavvy, Barker said that new member Skiba was “the only person” that could fill in for DeLonge. Also saying: “You got two of the three members and one has basically just tapped out and is being extremely difficult and won’t compromise.”
Travis and the band are currently hard at work on the new Blink-182 album and described the band’s music as “eternal youth for a lot of fans” stressing the band should always stay true to its roots.
Barker went on to add: “Mark and I never wanted to change. The last couple of albums, Tom wanted to sound like U2, to record songs that basically sound like Coldplay. For us, we were always like ‘Blink is Blink, man. We want to sound like f**king Blink-182’… That’s what side-projects are for. I love Blink for what it is. We love Blink and we love the sound of Blink.”
Barker told NME that some things have changed with DeLonge no longer in the band. “They sound different but still the same,” the drummer said of the bands 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.”
Check out Travis’ interview with Mr. Wavvy below: