Travis Barker on Box Car Racer Reunion: “It’s Been Mentioned”

ABC/Alycia MonacoIn between Blink-182's album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket and their 2003 self-titled release, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker formed a band called Box Car Racer. The side-project, which was influenced by hardcore bands like Quicksand and Fugazi, released just one, self-titled album in 2002 before dissolving the next year.

Now that Blink-182 has moved on into the post-DeLonge era, is there a possibility for a Box Car Racer reunion?

"You know, it's been mentioned," Barker tells GQ. "That'd be cool, but it's hard because the last one caused so many problems with Blink."

The formation of Box Car Racer caused a bit of a rift in Blink, as bassist Mark Hoppus was interested in the project, but DeLonge was adamant that it didn't turn into just another version of his main band. It certainly didn't help that DeLonge and Barker never intended to bring Box Car Racer on the road, or even record an album.

"It just spiraled out of control," Barker says.

Blink-182 is currently touring in support of their first post-DeLonge album, California, which is what's occupying most, if not all, of Barker's attention right now.

"It's something I can't even wrap my head around just because I'm so proud of this album that we're currently supporting," says Barker of a Box Car Racer reunion. "But I love Box Car. It was a cool album and cool sound."

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