As Blink-182 winds down its co-headlining Pop Disaster tour with Green Day, the biggest news surrounding the Southern California-based trio is the side project Box Car Racer, which features Blink's To

As Blink-182 winds down its co-headlining Pop Disaster tour with Green Day, the biggest news surrounding the Southern California-based trio is the side project Box Car Racer, which features Blink's Tom DeLonge (vocals/guitars) and Travis Barker (drums) along with David Kennedy (rhythm guitar) and Anthony Celestino (bass).

While side projects allow certain members to experiment, they also beget fan conjecture of acrimony and infighting. However, DeLonge tells Billboard.com that Blink's future is bright, with the band due to reconvene this winter to record its next MCA studio set, tentatively scheduled for release next summer.

"We have been working on some new stuff," DeLonge says. "I've got two records written in my head. People are always coming to assumptions that there is some weird thing going on with Blink but there is nothing [more] than we just wanted to play some different music in our spare time. That's it. Both bands will be around forever and both bands will create different types of music."

Released last week, "Box Car Racer" debuted at a surprising No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart and has spawned the single "I Feel So," which is No. 17 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. While a fall tour of clubs and theaters is in the works, dates haven't yet been released.

Originally conceived as a "Violent-Femmes-esque acoustic record" that allowed DeLonge to explore his dark songwriting abilities away from Blink-182, "Box Car Racer" quickly became louder and more plugged in when Barker joined the project. The odd Blink-182 member out of the Box Car Racer picture is Mark Hoppus, although he did contribute guest vocals to the track "Elevator."

DeLonge's nasal vocal style is pronounced, making comparisons to Blink-182 inevitable. But the biggest contrast can be found in the subject material. Instead of detailing quirky aspects of growing up and harsh life lessons (divorce, romantic breakup, suicide), DeLonge has embraced his fascination with the apocalypse (he says he's quite religious), Freemasons, and thought-provoking conspiracies for the majority of tracks found on "Box Car Racer."

"The idea of family life being disrupted with relationships with one another is something that happens to so many different people but the idea that there is a grand purpose for the world we live on and it's kind of heading in a sour way is something not everyone understands and thinks about," says DeLonge. "And it's something that kind of plagues my mind. That's why I choose to write lyrics about it on this record. It kind of sucks though that I do that because what, am I just going to scare a bunch of kids into thinking the end of the world is coming? But hey, that's what we do."