Blink-182 Drummer Travis Barker Talks ‘California’


Story by Charles Ken

Travis Barker on new Blink-182: ‘Everyone was in the studio putting in work, being creative’

Blink-182 are gearing up to release their first album without Tom DeLonge, “California.” When is comes to comparing the new tunes to what the guys released on their last album, “Neighborhoods,” drummer Travis Barker says he’s more psyched about the new release.

“To be honest, the last couple albums were, in my opinion, phoned in,” Barker told Rolling Stone.

He added, “The chemistry was great. Everyone was in the studio putting in work, being creative. When you get that momentum going, the possibilities are endless.”

Barker said that he, bass player and singer Mark Hoppus and guitarist and singer Matt Skiba kept an “an old-school ethos” on “California,” but also experimented.

One song that stands out to Barker is the song “Bored to Death.” He says producer John Feldmann pushed him to so some of the same stuff Barker does when working with EDM and rap artists.

“So there’s drum ‘n’ bass in the verses of ‘Bored to Death,’ but it’s in a rock song, so it’s kind of masked,” Barker said. “There’s stuff like that all over the album.”

“California” will reach all the usual outlets July 1.

In other news, Blink-182 have unveiled a list of summer 2016 tour dates that keeps them on the road from July through October. The tour will kick off July 22 in San Diego and run through an Oct. 1 show in Los Angeles. Support for the tour will come from A Day to Remember, All Time Low and the All-American Rejects.

Blink-182’s Summer 2016 Tour Dates:

7/22 — San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
7/23 — Las Vegas, NV, The Joint
7/26 — El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center
7/28 — Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
7/29 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/30 — San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
7/31 — Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/2 — Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/3 — Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Arena
8/5 — West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
8/6 — Tampa, FL, Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/8 — Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
8/9 — Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/10 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/12 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
8/13 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach
8/14 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/16 — Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/19 — Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
8/21 — Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/23 — Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheatre
8/24 — Buffalo, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/25 — Scranton, PA, The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8/27 — Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Pavilion
8/28 — Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/30 — Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
9/2 — Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre
9/3 — Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
9/4 — Saratoga, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
9/8 — Minneapolis, MN, Xcel Energy Center
9/9 — Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
9/10 — Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
9/11 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
9/13 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
9/15 — Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
9/16 — Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
9/17 — Seattle, WA, Key Arena
9/18 — Vancouver, BC, Abbotsford Centre
9/20 — Portland, OR, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
9/22 — Salt Lake City, UT, Usana Amphitheatre
9/24 — Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/25 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
9/28 — San Francisco, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater
9/29 — Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
10/1 — Los Angeles, CA, The Forum

‘California’ Track List:

“Bored to Death”
“She’s Out of Her Mind”
“Los Angeles”
“Built This Pool”
“No Future”
“Home Is Such a Lonely Place”
“Kings of the Weekend”
“Teenage Satellites”
“Left Alone”
“Rabbit Hole”
“San Diego”
“The Only Thing That Matters”
“Brohemian Rhapsody”

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Posted by Charles Ken | Alternative, Music, Rock News

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