Blink-182 guitarist and singer Tom DeLonge told Radio.com in a new interview that the trio is ready to take risks again on its next studio album. When the group reunited after five years apart to make 2011’s Neighborhoods, DeLonge revealed that the three band members treated each other much more warily. He explained, “We were just kind of walking on eggshells, trying to make sure that everyone does what they want, nobody yells at each other for not being there. Just try to get it done and not get on each other’s nerves.”
Once Neighborhoods was finished and the band proved to themselves that they could still work together, their attitude changed. DeLonge explained, ““We were able to complete that and now we’re cool. We can take the next step and really get back to risk-taking.”
Neighborhoods was recorded with DeLonge working in his home studio while bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker toiled separately in another.
DeLonge told us why this method worked for the group at the time: “It’s been a real joy to modernize what we do, but also to feel really free and creative, and be able to create with the technology too. And that’s the different thing. We don’t just have to — you know, we grew up having to write it all out in a garage or a bedroom and then go in and record it as quick as we can. But now that we own our own studios, we’re really able to dig in deep and do stuff that’s avant-garde and do stuff that is very classic at the same time.”
Blink reunited in 2009 after breaking up in 2004. Barker’s near-fatal plane crash in September 2008 set the wheels in motion for the three friends and bandmates to mend their fences and begin playing together again.
The trio recently performed its self-titled 2003 album in its entirety at two shows in Los Angeles on November 6th and 7th. Blink does not have any more dates on tap for the rest of the year, but does plan to release a new record in 2014.