Travis Barker Compares New Blink-182 Album to Self-Titled Set
Blink-182 fans, you might not have much longer to wait on new music. Drummer Travis Barker just spoke with Billboard on a variety of topics, including offering some interesting insight on Blink-182's next album.
"I’m really excited because we’re about 70 percent finished with our album," stated Barker. "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 why he's made the comparison to their 2003 set, Barker stated, "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."
The drummer continued, "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."
As for when fans might look for that new Blink record, Barker teases, "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."
During the chat, Barker also spoke of a new track that has the working title "Paris" that started from a beat he made for Juice WRLD. According to Barker, his bandmate Mark Hoppus really liked what he heard and the track morphed into a Blink-182 song that's one of their favorites at the moment. The drummer also revealed that his recent collaborations in the rap world have influenced Blink a little.
"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. I just did a Kid Cudi session the other day and it was very rock-influenced. We’re in a great time where both styles of music can live together, create something natural that feels new," says Barker.
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