April 28, 2002
A musical side-project for Blink 182’s singer/guitarist
Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker, Box
Car Racer is in the radio.wazee spotlight this
week with "Feel So" from their self-titled
debut album on MCA, due due May 14th. The band also
features guitarist David Kennedy from punk outfit
Over My Dead Body and bassist Anthony Celestino.
Box Car Racer, which began as DeLonge playing acoustic
guitar and has evolved into a full-fledged rock foursome,
they play a less poppy, more hardcore flavor of punk.
DeLonge writes serious songs they plan to perform
at little clubs a few weeks a year, as they did at
West Hollywood’s legendary Whisky-A-Go-Go April 3rd.
DeLonge also attributes the album's
somber tone to his back problems, which had the singer/guitarist
in pain for most of the writing and recording process.
"When your back is killing you and you have to
have surgery and all this stuff, it's just kind of
hard to keep a focus on the happier times in your
life," he said. "You end up writing all
these songs about feeling sad and confused."
As far as the first single, "Feel
So," DeLonge says it’s really just a song about
feelings. "It's really just about being a kid,"
he says. "Not really being a kid, but just about
being angry at the world and kind of wishing you were
a different way, but you can't be a different way
so you feel angry and you feel mad and you feel sad,
and that's what's in this song."
The band's name fits that grave
atmosphere, although it wasn't intended to. Box Car
Racer was actually the name of a band Barker was in
just after high school that DeLonge liked. "It's
not like Boxcar Racer, like a little fast, speedy
car," Barker explained. "It was always meant
to be three words, and it was just a name of something
that means totally nothing, but Tom's political, so
he'll tell you it was the bomb [used on] the Japanese
"Revelations in the Bible speaks
about the end of the world, and one day I was wondering
if World War II was what Revelations spoke about,"
DeLonge explained. "So I started looking it up,
and the second bomb that was dropped on Japan was
from a plane called Boxcar (actually Bockscar, but
commonly misspelled Boxcar), and it kind of really
freaked me out. At that point I didn't even want the
name, but it was way too late. I blame Travis for
Contrary to much speculation, DeLonge
wants to make clear that Box Car Racer absolutely
does not spell the end for Blink-182. "Blink
will never break up," says DeLonge. "We
love what we do way too much for anything ever to
happen to Blink, and we are so blessed by the man
upstairs to even have that in our lives. That's our
passion. This is just part two of that."