It’s been 18 years since they dropped their first, and only, album. However, it looks like Barker and DeLonge may have some big plans up their sleeves for Box Car Racer’s 20th anniversary next year.
It’s hard to believe Box Car Racer dropped their self-titled debut album almost twenty years ago. The 13-track album, which includes the hits “There Is” and “I Feel So,” truly left fans wanting more from the band after all these years.
Back in April, however, Tom DeLonge hinted that Box Car Racer’s time may not actually be over.
“I love the Box Car stuff,” he told Rock Sound. “Me and Travis, still to this day, talk about doing Box Car all the time. Maybe there’s something that already exists that would be really cool for that band, but I’m not getting into that here.”
Now, it appears Travis Barker and DeLonge may be scheming something up for Box Car Racer in 2021. On Dec. 28, Barker tweeted that the band’s anniversary was coming up.
“Next year is the 20th anniversary of the Box Car Racer album.”
Next year is the 20th anniversary of the Box Car Racer album
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) December 29, 2020
Barker’s tweet quickly warranted a reply from DeLonge who had a humorous response to the reminder.
“Yes, @travisbarker just rolled over and woke me up to tell me, too”
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) December 29, 2020
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) December 29, 2020
Naturally, the Twitter exchange sparked a lot of speculation that DeLonge and Barker may have some plans in store for Box Car Racer next year. From a reunion show to a tour and even a new album, fans have started speculating how the band may celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2021.
imagine if box car racer actually did a small tour but it was only in the u.s…….. what am i supposed to do then 😭
— 🌙 (@binkl182) December 29, 2020
BOX CAR RACER REUNION!!!
— Doğa (@undersoilndirtt) December 29, 2020
reminder to wear your masks and practice social distancing so we can get a 20 YEAR BOX CAR RACER REUNION 🙌
— jackie🚦 (@toypajdelonge) December 29, 2020
I would love see you guys make another Box Car Racer album
— Charlie Howard (@Hey_Chuck11) December 29, 2020
Now, it looks like Barker may be hinting at what Box Car Racer’s anniversary plans actually are. The blink-182 drummer has been subtly liking various tweets pertaining to the Box Car Racer anniversary. From requests for a reunion show, a full-length tour and a new album, Barker is clearly acknowledging fans’ predictions about what could be in store.
“Looking forward for a north american tour!”
Looking forward for a north american tour!
— dox (@doxdox) December 29, 2020
“A new box car album would be amazing if it was a possibility.”
A new box car album would be amazing if it was a possibility.
— Morgoth Beatz (@morgothbeatz) December 29, 2020
“sounds like a perfect year for a 2nd album”
sounds like a perfect year for a 2nd album
— Gabriel Moita (@gabrielmoitaa) December 29, 2020
“Amazing album to this day, please ask Tom to do a new BCR album!”
Amazing album to this day, please ask Tom to do a new BCR album!🙏😉🥰
— daniel Paul (@dannydarko25) December 29, 2020
“@travisbarker so convince @tomdelonge and MCA record to release the demos and B-sides please!!”
— Nico Sixx EST.XX 😈 (@nicoyaman) December 29, 2020
“it would be awesome a live show playing the hits.”
it would be awesome a live show playing the hits 🥁🎸🎤
— Lucas Silva (@lucasdasilva182) December 29, 2020
“Let’s do a NoCap show!?!?”
Let’s do a NoCap show!?!? 🤯
— The Cisco Kid (@MrCISCOADLER) December 29, 2020
“How bout a new Bcr album?”
How bout a new Bcr album?
— Néstor López 又 (@NestorWords) December 29, 2020
Barker even liked a tweet all about that unreleased Box Car Racer song. Back in July, Barker revealed that the band actually have an unheard song that they almost released. However, Barker felt that putting out the track would just get fans’ hopes up for more Box Car Racer music in the future.
“Nothing yet,” Barker said on a potential reunion. “But I talk to Tom all the time. There’s actually an unreleased Box Car [Racer] song that we were almost going to release, but it would just be wrong to troll people and put that out in the world. But, it’s incredible and probably no one will ever hear it.”
Now, Barker is seemingly acknowledging that Box Car Racer fans may finally get to hear that unreleased song when he liked the following tweet.
“Perfect time to put out that unreleased song”
Perfect time to put out that unreleased song 👀
— Crimbo Himbo 🎅 (@Toadalinakong) December 29, 2020
For now, it looks like we will just have to patiently wait and see how Box Car Racer decide to celebrate their 20th anniversary. In the meantime, Barker has been hard at work on blink-182’s upcoming release.
Their new EP was originally set to arrive this summer after the debut of “Quarantine.” However, those plans quickly changed. Then, in November, Mark Hoppus confirmed that the new EP is set to arrive in late 2020 or early 2021.
Additionally, blink-182 have been working so hard on the release that they may have enough material to make it into a full-length album. Matt Skiba also hinted that blink-182’s new batch of songs remind him of the Enema Of The State and Take Off Your Pants and Jacket eras.
Box Car Racer’s “I Feel So” is available to stream below.
What do you think Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker have in store for the Box Car Racer 20th anniversary? Would you like to see the band reunite for a show and release a new album? Let us know in the comments below.