As Alt Press points out, the drummer replied to a fan on Instagram to let them know that 2016 will be a huge year for him with a Blink 182 record, plus a solo album and records with his two side-projects Antemasque and Transplants.
Back in July, Mark Hoppus said they would be heading into the studio with Skiba in August to record. In October, Barker confirmed to NME that they were in the studio together and that Skiba was “killing it.”
As for sound he said that “they sound different but still the same,” admitting that there are hints of Alkaline Trio in there thanks to Skiba’s singing.
At this stage it looks like ousted member Tom DeLonge won’t be rejoining the band for this album, despite various cries that he wants to come back to the group following their year’s very public divorce.
The last Blink 182 album was 2011’s Neighbourhoods which came after an eight year break. They last toured Australia in 2013 without Barker who refused to come due to his fear of flying, which he recently talked about in great length. He was replaced by Brooks Wackerman.