When Blink-182 reconvened to record their 2011 comeback album, Neighborhoods, they didn’t actually convene.
It was similar to their process in the early days: guitarist Tom DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus penning songs they’d later demo then record instrument-by-instrument. But Neighborhoods was actually even more fragmented: Hoppus and DeLonge wrote and recorded separately, then sent their tracks off to each other; Travis Barker joined them at the tail end to lay down his drum tracks.
“We were just kind of walking on eggshells, trying to make sure that everyone does what they want, nobody yells at each other for not being there,” DeLonge recently told Radio.com. “Just try to get it done and not get on each other’s nerves.”
The trepidation was understandable. The band went on a hiatus in 2005, hardly speaking, but reunited in 2008 in the wake of the death of longtime producer Jerry Finn, as well as Barker’s near-fatal plane crash. But with Neighborhoods under their belt and nerves now cooled, Blink-182 are dropping the factory-line method for their next record.
“We were able to complete that and now we’re cool,” DeLonge said. “We can take the next step and really get back to risk-taking.”