Blink-182 have been holed up in the studio for months working on their first album in eight years. Drummer Travis Barker says the band is about half-way done and the album will most likely be released in the summer. Blink are aiming to turn the record into their label in July and potentially hit the road soon thereafter. "I think a summer tour and summer album would be nice," says Barker.
As for the sound of the new tunes, Barker says the vibe will hew closely to their last self-titled album. "It does feel exactly where it should be, where we left off with the self-titled [album]," Barker tells Billboard. "[The songs] feel like they could be disc two of that album, so far."
Barker is currently touring behind his solo album Give the Drummer Some through the end of the month, but he expects to lay down his drum tracks for the Blink record as soon as he gets home. "Right now, I get stuff sent to me over the internet so when I get home I can do my thing. I talk to Mark [Hoppus] through e-mail every day."
Even with Blink project, the three bandmembers will keep focused on various side projects. Tom DeLonge's Angels and Airwaves will release a new album Love II (and accompanying movie Love) in November, while Barker is also cutting an album with his side-project Transplants, the punk group featuring Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Skinhead Rob Aston.