Blink-182's Mark Hoppus Posts First Clip of New Singer Matt Skiba Recording Vocals
As Blink-182 continue to record their brand new album, and first one without founding member Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus has finally posted the first clip of the band's new singer Matt Skiba recording vocals to a brand new song!
The clip, which depicts the Alkaline Trio singer screaming an intense vocal line, was uploaded to the Blink-182 bassist's Instagram account with the caption “Screamy Matt is a good Matt,” and we think he's totally right; Skiba wails away at the lyric "What’s the point of saying sorry now?”
Skiba's scream-singing technique is often utilized in his main band's work making for some of the most catchy and somewhat hardcore punk rock ballads, certainly less pop-inspired than what you've heard from some of Blink-182's early studio work, so his edge will certainly influence the new material.
The latest update follows only a week after Hoppus posted a clip of drummer Travis Barker tracking drums for a beat that didn't exist earlier that day. The band has been working alongside famed All Time Low and 5 Seconds of Summer producer John Feldmann, who originally gained notoriety as the frontman of ska/punk outfit Goldfinger.
The new seventh studio album is expected to drop later this year, just in time for a few summer shows and festival appearances that the newly-formed trio have already scheduled. Barker revealed as much during a recent interview where he also mentions that there's a total of 15-20 songs recorded for the new album at this point.
The band is assumedly still label-less, therefore the album could very well be self-released just like their last EP of new music, 2012's Dogs Eating Dogs, which was also DeLonge's last new material with the band before being kicked out of the band for refusing to schedule studio time to work on a follow-up project with his bandmates since then.