Blink-182 has played a small handful of shows since Alkaline Trio guitarist Matt Skiba replaced Tom DeLonge in its lineup approximately a year ago. Lately, they’ve been sharing clips of new music and rumors have been spreading of a show at SXSW. The tunes are for real, but according to the band, the Austin gig simply is not.
Bassist Mark Hoppus (display name dadpool on Twitter, formerly just “dad”) had this to say about the rumors:
despite the rumors online, there is no blink-182 show at sxsw this year. real tour dates will be announced in the near future. smiley face.
— dadpool (@markhoppus) March 10, 2016
Blink fans who happen to be at SXSW will be bummed, but fans across the country should at least be glad to hear the news of the imminent tour.
And what about new music to play on that tour? Blink hasn’t released anything officially since the Dogs Eating Dogs EP in 2012 and hasn’t dropped an album since Neighborhoods in 2011. But the trio — now with Skiba in place of DeLonge — has been hard at work on new material. Here are some clips they’ve shared over Twitter:
Travis Barker drumming:
— blink182 (@blink182) March 10, 2016
Matt Skiba laying down some vocals:
Screamy Matt is a good Matt pic.twitter.com/Ey3GMUS61E
— dadpool (@markhoppus) February 9, 2016
And some more drums:
Tracking drums for a song that didn’t exist this morning. pic.twitter.com/D3WSGKs4zE
— blink182 (@blink182) February 3, 2016
Recently, Barker confirmed Blink-182 has completed work on its new studio album. “It’s just a matter of picking what 12 to 14 songs,” he told PunkVideosRock.com. “I think we wrote 26 or 27, so everyone right now is really pushing for their favorites.” Check out the interview below:
If you need a refresher on the news of the past year, here’s Billboard’s earlier report on Blink-182’s dispute with Tom DeLonge, DeLonge’s Sept. 2015 response, as well as interviews with Matt Skiba and Travis Barker on the band going forward.