Matt Skiba Talks Emulating Tom DeLonge’s Blink-182 Sound: ‘People Will Talk Sh*t’

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Matt Skiba discussed replacing Tom DeLonge in Blink-182 in a new interview with Gigwise.

“Obviously we were hoping for a good response. Of course there are people who will talk shit, but the good thing about it is that it was never specific. If someone came in to one of my favourite bands I would be sceptical, but there was never anything specific that was discouraging.”

He later said, “I can’t completely abandon some of the inflections, but at the same time I’ve been a Blink fan for so long and to be able to sing some of my favourite songs and put my twist on it is a great deal of fun and an honour,” says Skiba. “But I also feel like there are certain things that Tom would do that without them, the song would lose something. It’s not trying to sing like him necessarily, but annunciating things certain ways or pronouncing certain words – if you don’t do that it’s not going to sound right. It’s emulating it to an extent, but also making it my own without destroying it – hopefully!”