Box Car Racer
was a side-project from two members of the band Blink-182
, featuring guitarist
and drummer Travis Barker
. DeLonge formed Box Car Racer to experiment with and record ideas he felt were not "Blink-friendly", along with Travis Barker. David Kennedy
from Hazen Street
completed the trio and an eponymous album was ready to be recorded. Tom was insistent on a bass player, so he hired Anthony Celestino
who was Kennedy's friend. Guests on the album included Mark Hoppus
from Blink-182 on the song "Elevator", and Tim Armstrong
and Jordan Pundik
from New Found Glory
on "Cat Like Thief".
DeLonge and Barker claim the group was heavily influenced by Dischord emo, citing influences such as Rites of Spring, Fugazi and later era post hardcore bands such as Quicksand.
Box Car Racer took a hiatus after their headlining tour in 2003. DeLonge has stated publicly that the project has served its purpose, and is now permanently defunct.
Origin of name
The band's name comes from the B-29
Bomber which dropped the second wartime atomic bomb
, Japan. The plane's name was "Bockscar
". Tom has said in an interview that he had seen the name misspelled as "Boxcar", and thusly, dubbed the band under that name for their music and lyrics pertaining heavily to love and war. He wanted the band to also have a three word name, another reason for the name "Box Car Racer".