Travis Barker popped into KROQ radio last week to announce the ninth annual Musink Festival and while he was chatting, he teased news about all his current works in process. Yes, that includes Blink 182/3rds.
“The Antemasque album with Cedric and Omar from Mars Volta is finished. The last 2 songs are being mixed. I talked to Omar a couple of days ago, it’s coming out this year for sure,” Travis starts before confirming the release of two Transplants EPs.
“The solo album is coming along,” he continues. “I actually just sent a record to Pusha T from Clipse who’s great. He’s the new president of GOOD Music, Kanye West’s record label. So yeah, I’m working on that really late at night. I do obscene hours. I come home from the studio at 4am when I’m doing that. And then Blink album is coming together. I’m excited. I don’t want to reveal too much. I don’t know how many songs we’re gonna write before we say ‘this is the group of 12 songs we’re putting on the album.’ We have 15-20 songs right now, but I really feel like it’s a process.”
“It’s awesome because we’re all actually in the studio, where we couldn’t get that with the old lineup. It was impossible to get all three of us in the same studio. In the beginning songs like ‘Up All Night‘ off ‘Neighbourhoods‘, I has just come from the hospital, from the burns centre. I had open wounds on my legs and I was in there way too prematurely just because we were so excited and I was lying to them. ‘Yeah, I’m fine to be in the studio’ but I wasn’t in any shape to be in the studio. We did about three songs like that and I think the ones we felt the greatest about were the ones where we were all in the studio.
“I think with a band you can’t just phone it in. You gotta be there. For that great chemistry and for everyone to really vibe you gotta all be in the same room.
“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,” he continues on the new found chemistry in the band. “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,” Travis says of the record’s possible 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.”