Blink-182 album with Skiba is in the bag

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Blink-182 have finished work on their first album with Matt Skiba.

Drummer Travis Barker says the band wrote “26 or 27” songs for what will be their seventh album and first since the departure of Tom DeLonge. Alkaline Trio’s Skiba was brought in as his replacement and the album is expected this year.

Barker tells Punkvideosrock: “It’s all there, the album’s done. It’s just a matter of picking what 12 to 14 songs will be on the album. I think we wrote 26 or 27. Everyone right now is really pushing for their favourites.”

The drummer adds that working with Skiba has seen the pop punk heroes return to a studio-based writing approach rather.

He adds: “It has been great, just having someone who wants to be in the studio all the time with us has been amazing. The proof has shown that it’s great when we’re all in the studio together.

“Sending tracks and ideas back and forth through the internet, it can’t be as collaborative as it should be. I love us all being in the studio and throwing around ideas and really collaborating.”

Barker previously said DeLonge wanted the band to sound like U2 and Coldplay on their last couple of albums.