During an interview with KROQ, Travis Barker talked about the new Blink-182 album, and looking at a summertime release window.
"Just having someone like Matt (Skiba) who’s in the studio everyday is great. You got to show up, that’s the first part. It’s just exciting. It’s a new chapter and we’re not striving for mediocrity, we’re looking to kill it. We’re gonna make a great album.
I think summertime [for the release]. There’s tentatively some plans to play shows during summer. Everything will come together and be revealed in due time. It’s gonna be great.”
I have a theory: in 2015, Blink-182 epitomizes punk culture, just as the Ramones, Sex Pistols, Black Flag, etc. did ten years ago. For the masses, Blink-182 isn't just pop-punk – it's real punk. More than any other genre, whether a band is “punk” is a debate in semantics, culture, and worldview. Punk has never had a clear definition. Every generation and geography attaches different meaning to the word.
Luckily, people unknowingly associate bands with genres when they create Spotify and YouTube playlists. By tallying who appears most often on playlists titled with the word “punk," we can learn...
Blink-182's Travis Barker opens up on sex, drugs, plane crashes, and Christianity with Salon. Rhythm Magazine has also named him the greatest rock drummer in the world.
Well, with Blink-182, I did sometimes feel a little out of place with the stunts and the interviews. Tom and Mark did the talking, that’s definitely true. I love that band, and I love those guys, and I love that music. We had — and have — a lot in common. But the dick jokes and stuff weren’t me.
It was strange because I was close enough to all this crazy shit, having a gun to my head while almost getting carjacked, being in a house that got shot up two days before my friend was killed. I was always close to danger. I had to really check myself, “Are you doing the right thing? What do you want to do with your life?” Walking away from a house as all my friends are outside shooting at a moving car and thinking, “Holy shit! We just got shot at and could’ve been killed!” Those things were just a confirmation that I wanted to play music and get the fuck out of there.
Travis Barker of Blink-182told NME that the band has recorded recorded five songs with Matt Skiba, including new track "Punk Rock Cliché."
"Matt’s killing it," Barker told NME. "He’s fun to play with and write with. We’re just getting started but I think we’ve got like four or five songs right now that I’m really, really happy with. There’s a song called 'Punk Rock Cliché' which I love the most right now. It's about friends of ours and their relationships."
Back then I was living very much day-to-day. My attitude was like, "Shit, I could be dead tomorrow." I grew up losing my mom at a young age, being shot at at a young age. Doing lots of drugs. If it was my time, it was my time, but then it wasn't until when I had my kids -- everything changed. Then it was like, "Oh my gosh, what did I put in my body? What did I do that for?" I loved being a father. I want to stay home with my kids, but I'm a musician, and I have to tour. That's how I make money. It was this push and pull, and then just to medicate myself to leave. I remember I...
Hit the replies for a Travis Barker interview with Big Boy at Real 92.3. He discusses his dream collaborations, his upcoming memoir Can I Say, the long road to recovery following his plane crash, and more.