People who argue about the shifting sound of Blink-182 (guilty) probably don’t have the highest falutin of tastes to begin with. Still, within Blink there are lines that band members refuse to cross. In a new interview, drummer Travis Barker said that Tom DeLonge’s departure from the band was largely due to Tom’s bad taste.
Barker says DeLonge wanted the band to sound like Coldplay and the other members’ refusal to go along led to a rift in the band.
“I think Blink is like eternal youth. Mark [Hoppus] and I never wanted to change. The last couple of albums, Tom wanted to sound like U2. He wanted to basically record songs that sound like Coldplay. For us, it was always like ‘Blink is Blink, man. We want to sound like f**king Blink-182. That’s why we’re in this band…I never want any of my other side projects to influence Blink. It’s like I love Blink for what it is…We love Blink and we love the sound of Blink.”
He describes the sound of one of the punkest bands of all time as “songs kids will bug out to and dedicate to their girlfriends.” Barker also discusses working with the band’s replacement frontman, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. He says that Skiba is the only singer who could take DeLonge’s place. Check out the whole interview up top.