Travis Barker Talks Next Solo Album

Travis Barker of Blink-182 recently talked with Music Radar:

A lot of people go, ‘Oh, Travis Barker has a solo album, I hope he’s doing drum solos everywhere.’ Well, unfortunately not every song requires a drum solo. Even with Blink it’s weird if I’m going crazy in every song. There comes a time with musicianship that you have to do what the song is asking for. […]

I am 70 percent done with my new solo album. The next part, the most important piece, is for me to go play drums on it now. We’ve got the programming, I’ve made all of the beats, the second step was to get all of the artists and find out which artists sound great on which beats. The third step is me playing drums on it, mixing it and then putting it out.

Blink-182’s “Dammit” Turns 20

Chris DeVille, writing at Stereogum:

Although it isn’t as easy to play as, say, Blur’s “Song 2,” most middle-school hacks can easily bang it out after a few minutes of practice. Many of them could write something similar. Chances are it wouldn’t be quite so stupidly infectious, nor would it probably arrive attached to a song so bracingly alive. Anyone can string together some notes in C major; it’s a testament to the writing prowess of Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and not-Travis-Barker that they flipped that rudimentary guitar figure into one of the greatest pop-punk songs of all time.

I can’t think of a song I played more often than this one for a good two year stretch after the release of Dude Ranch.


Linkin Park Cancel Tour

Linkin Park have canceled their upcoming tour:

Tour promoter Live Nation said in a statement, “We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been canceled. Refunds avail at point of purchase. Our thoughts to all those affected.”

The upcoming shows with Blink-182 were also canceled:

blink-182 is wrecked by the loss of our friend and amazing musician Chester Bennington. We could never imagine playing blinkin park without his incredible talent and voice. It just would not be possible. We send our deepest sympathies to his family, bandmates, friends and fans. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

Mark and Skye Hoppus Hold Auction

Mark and Skye Hoppus have posted up a bunch of stuff from their home at auction site Everything but the House:

With their home undergoing renovation, the Hoppus family is selling pieces that will no longer fit with the new design, including the semicircular tufted sofa that was the heartbeat of their living space. “We custom designed the couch with Trip based off of old drawings and photos from Hollywood homes, and it was so fun!” Skye recalls. “We wanted a piece that would be a nod to the past but with a modern flair. It really made the room come alive.”

Matt Skiba Talks With Music Radar

Matt Skiba of Blink-182 talked with Music Radar:

I’m not doing something I haven’t ever done before; it’s just on a different scale and with different guys. I’m really lucky that lightning struck twice in my life. When all is said and done, it was a pretty easy transition. Yes, there were moments of total terror and panic, but that’s life. That’s just wanting to do a great job.


We had a group of songs that we still may or may not use, I don’t know. There’s way more material than just what is on the deluxe record; there’s a whole other record’s worth of material that I personally thought sounded too much like Alkaline Trio.

That’s how I write; it’s hard to change. It’s like you can’t just change your fingerprint. We discussed the record at length and made sure that we didn’t just really like it, we had to love it. You can’t put something out that is anything short of true love and true pride.

Mark and Matt Talks Next Blink-182 Album

NME sat down with Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba of Blink-182:

I think this album took Blink back to its roots and what it’s all about, and I think on the next record, we want to push that boundary again. We’ll keep the core of Blink 182 but we’ll get a little more experimental. Kind of like what we did on the untitled record, which we’re all really proud of. It still sounded like Blink and had that Blink feeling, but it was different and a little more thought out.

Music to my ears.