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Blink-182’s Travis Barker opens up about ‘Neighborhoods’ follow-up

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, courtesy of Stephen Eckert

Any fans of pop-punk legends Blink-182 worried that comeback album Neighborhoods was a one-off have nothing to worry about according to the band’s drummer Travis Barker.

Speaking to Rhythm magazine, Barker said the last album represented the band getting back in the rhythm and fans can expect even better from their next release.

“We had seven years off and the last album I think was us barely getting back into the rhythm, recording an album because it was expected of us and we’d gotten back together and everyone wanted to hear new music,” he said.

“I feel like the best is yet to come, the next album is going to be exciting. For the most part the last album was recorded in different studios, we weren’t always in the same room. We made it happen and it was the best it could be at the time with us three. I think in the future it can be crazy,” Barker added.

There is no official news about when a new album may be released, but the band’s bassist and co-vocalist Mark Hoppus revealed the band were back working together on new tracks through his Google+ account, firstly through a cryptic message which simply read “It begins…” accompanied by a photo of a Logic Pro session. This was soon followed by confirmation of the post’s meaning.

“Sorry, not trying to be mysterious,” Hoppus said. “Yes, this is me opening a new file for a blink-182 song. I had three ideas today, all very different. I wish I knew how to operate Logic better. These guitar tracks sound like Frankenstein’s monster singing dub step . . .”

Barker is also set to release a solo EP PsychoWhite, from which the lead single Push ‘Em is available via free download here.

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