Travis Barker: Blink-182 Bandmate Wanted to Sound Like Coldplay

By Hayden Wright

Coldplay is a band that pioneered the soft, ambient rock that (for some) defined the earliest part of the 21st century. For others, Blink-182‘s delicious brand of pop-punk provided the angst and immediacy that the time demanded.

Related: Mark Hoppus Shares Blink-182 Studio Update

According to Blink-182’s Travis Barker, one of these things almost sounded like the other—but Blink didn’t yield in their musical vision. Barker told YouTube personality Mr. Wavvy that several years into their success, guitarist Tom Delonge proposed a U2—or Coldplay—tinged sound that didn’t agree with his bandmates.

“Mark [Hoppus] and I never wanted to change,” he said. “The last couple of albums, Tom wanted to sound like U2, to record songs that basically sound like Coldplay. For us, we were always like ‘Blink is Blink, man. We want to sound like f—ing Blink-182. That’s what side-projects are for. I love Blink for what it is. We love Blink and we love the sound of Blink.”

Hoppus and Barker are currently working on a new Blink 182 album with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba.


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