Blink-182 Are Heading Into the Studio With New Guitarist Matt Skiba
Last month, Mark Hoppus told Billboard that the latest iteration of Blink-182 -- which features Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba in Tom DeLonge’s stead -- will head into the studio this month. Now, the Blink bassist has confirmed as much on Facebook.
“Travis, Matt, and I are heading into the studio to continue writing songs in the next few days,” Hoppus wrote in a Facebook comment (via AbsolutePunk). “There are already a couple of ideas working from before I left for the summer. Lots more to come in the future. It may take some time, but it begins now.”
Skiba was recruited just before Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker publicly called out DeLonge for stalling studio time for their next album, which would serve as their first since 2011’s Neighborhoods. DeLonge rebuffed those claims, and the former trio proceeded to take jabs at one another. Most recently, Hoppus described the status of the original Blink lineup as a “friendly divorce,” and DeLonge said it would take "a few phone calls" to convince him to rejoin the band.
Since then, Skiba has been performing with Hoppus and Barker, and the Alkaline Trio leader says he’s open to making it a full-time gig.
Blink-182 w/Matt Skiba – Live at Musink 2015