Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker aren’t the mortal enemies that your secret Blink-182 fan fiction may suggest, if a new string of tweets is anything to go by.
While DeLonge has recently suggested his spot in Blink-182 is there for the taking should he ever wish to pick up with the band, it appears it is his other band with Travis Barker, Box Car Racer, that was the focus of recent talks.
Box Car Racer was formed by DeLonge, Barker, and Angels and Airwaves’ David Kennedy. They released a solo album in 2002, which led to tensions between DeLonge and Hoppus – who felt left out of the process. The album is seen as the catalyst for Blink’s break-up in 2005, so maybe DeLonge was just using it as a deep burn.
This isn’t the first time in recent months DeLonge has referred to conversations with Barker, telling the San Diego Union-Tribune: “I talk to Travis quite a bit and we try and figure out how and when it’s [DeLonge rejoining Blink-182] going to make sense.
“It’s not like I [permanently] walked away. They have someone doing my job for me. It’s just that I’m so busy. If I wanted to, I could be back [in the band] in a period of days.”
Barker raised the possibility of a second BCR album last August, telling GQ: “You know, it’s been mentioned [laughs]. That’d be cool, but it’s hard because the last one caused so many problems with Blink.
“We started writing and had no idea what it was going to be for”, he recalls. “I think we were both under the impression in the beginning that it was going to be a Blink album. Then it was like, no let’s do this cool little side project, but we won’t put an album out. Then the label heard it and wanted to put it out. Then there wasn’t going to be a tour, but they were like ah, you can do this tour. It just spiraled out of control.
“But I don’t know. [Mark’s] not in the band, so would it cause a lot of problems? Would it not? I have no idea. It’s something I can’t even wrap my head around just because I’m so proud of this album [California] that we’re currently supporting. But I love Box Car. It was a cool album and cool sound.”
Check out the tweets below this BCR gem.
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) May 6, 2017
Maybe I should do more live BCR songs on Instagram, as Trav and I still love that album pic.twitter.com/P9s3ZGj33r
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) May 7, 2017