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Matt Skiba talks new Blink-182 album, possibly becoming a “permanent member”

In a recent interview with Alternative Nation, Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba openly discussed what it’s been like replacing singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge in Blink-182. Skiba addressed the possibility of Blink making a new album with him, his “member status” in the band and if there’s any bad blood with DeLonge.

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Read a snippet of the interview below, and let us know your thoughts.

“AN: When I spoke to Travis last month, he described the process as very positive and even considered writing an album with this new lineup. What are your thoughts on that idea?
Skiba: I think that’s a great idea and it’s something we have discussed. I’m pleasantly surprised to see Travis mention it to you guys. It’s something I would be very excited to do and I’ve known the Blink guys for about fifteen years and we’ve become good friends. Playing songs I haven’t written with Mark and Travis is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing.

AN: As of now, do you view yourself as a permanent member of the band?
Skiba: I think it’s too soon to know. I’m about to go on an Alkaline Trio tour for a couple months. There’s some time and some things that those guys need to figure out before we can start saying I’m a permanent member. But that is a hope of mine. If we’re discussing recording an album, I think that seals the deal. But, we shall see, only time can tell.

AN: Is there any bad blood between you and Tom DeLonge now?
Skiba: No, I haven’t been in contact with Tom at all, but we have always been friends and had a good relationship. My role as replacing him in these shows is nothing personal. The guys asked me to play with them and I said absolutely and it was nothing to spite of Tom. Every experience I had with Tom was positive while touring with him in the past. So, there is no bad blood between us, or at least not from my end.”

If you missed it, Tom DeLonge recently released an album containing previously unheard Blink demos