Travis Barker Says Tom DeLonge Wanted Blink-182 to Sound Like U2
"Blink is Blink, man. We want to sound like f---ing Blink-182."
In an interview with YouTube personality Mr. Wavvy, Blink drummer Travis Barker spoke about DeLonge's vision for the band's music moving forward -- and he didn't sound happy about it.
"Mark [Hoppus] and I never wanted to change," Barker said. "Towards the last couple of albums, Tom was obsessed with U2 and wanted to sound like U2. He wanted to basically record songs that sounded like Coldplay."
Barker's comment seems less like an insult to the "Clocks" band and more a testament to his devotion to maintaining Blink-182's original sound. “For us, it was always like ‘Blink is Blink, man. We want to sound like f---ing Blink-182.' That's why we're in this band. That’s what side-projects are for. I love Blink for what it is. We love Blink and we love the sound of Blink.”
Speaking about Blink-182's 2011 album, Barker said, "Neighborhoods was rough because we all three didn't agree on a sound. We had a member of the band who wanted to really change the sound of the band."
Earlier this year, Barker said that Blink-182's newest LP with DeLonge replacement Matt Skiba should be released by summer 2016. To DeLonge's dismay, Barker told NME the band's sound is "different but still the same."
Check out Barker's full interview with Mr. Wavvy below: