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Travis Barker On New Blink-182 Music: “This Is The Closest We’ve Come To Something Like Self-Titled”

Brii Jamieson
Brii Jamieson 21 February 2019 at 10.12

This is VERY promising.

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has opened up about what the new music the band is working on sounds like, and this all sounds very promising indeed.

Speaking to Billboard, Travis revealed that the album is almost finished, and it sounds closest to his favourite Blink album, their 2003 self-titled. "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." he revealed.

He continued, explaining "I feel like 'California' was similar to 'Enema of the State' and 'Take Off Your Pants and Jacket': re-establishing 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.

"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." 

And it's exciting to us, too.

The good news too, is that we won't be waiting long to hear new Blink music, with Travis revealing that it's set for release "April, May or June".

While details about what the first single will be are super thin on the ground, Travis did reveal that his favourite song from the album is a track they're referring to at the moment as 'Paris', which is comprised of a beat he initially wrote for Juice WRLD, sharing "There’s a song that we refer to as 'Paris' that’s really awesome. It was actually a beat I made for Juice WRLD and before I ever got in the studio with him, I played it randomly, and Mark [Hoppus] said, “Oh what are you working on?” They were like, “Whoa, we really like this.” And it morphed into a Blink song. It’s probably our favorite right now."

Basically, new Blink is on the horizon, and it sounds very promising.

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