As Blink-182 prepares to release its seventh studio album and launch a new tour next month, the newest member of the band said it is all “very surreal.”
“I’ve been friends with these guys for about 15 years and it’s been great,” Matt Skiba said today on “Good Morning America.” “This is all very surreal but it’s awesome.”
Skiba replaces original Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker round out the group.
The trio’s new album, “California,” will be released on Friday. Hoppus said Blink-182 fans can expect the same sound even with the addition of Skiba.
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“It’s kind of everything that people love about Blink-182,” Hoppus said. “It’s fast. It’s angsty. It’s positive. It’s got sing-along songs. It’s got introspective songs.”
“I think that anybody that likes Blink-182 at any point in our history will grab onto this album and love it,” he said.
The band, which was founded in a San Diego garage 24 years ago, will launch its North American tour on July 21. Barker said he is looking forward to being able to show Blink-182 fans what he and his bandmates have been working on.
“The creative process of writing an album and then actually going out and playing for the fans, that’s the win,” Barker said. “That’s the best part of it.”
Barker released a memoir last year that detailed the 2008 deadly plane crash that nearly took his life and severely burned over 65 percent of his body. The father of two said it is "awesome" to be back making music and touring with his bandmates.
"Every day is a blessing," Barker said.