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Box Car Racer Biography

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Birth Place: San Diego, California, United States
Years Active: 2001-2002
Genres: Alternative Rock, Post-hardcore

Box Car Racer was a short-lived American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California, formed in 2002. The band was a side-project of guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker of Blink-182, along with lead guitarist David Kennedy of Hazen Street, and touring bassist Anthony Celestino. Driven by a more mature and introspective sound than previous Blink-182 recordings, DeLonge was the primary lyricist of the group and created the group in order to experiment with ideas that were not Blink-friendly.

The band released one studio album, the eponymous “Box Car Racer,” and played a tour throughout 2002 until Blink-182 went to record their new album in 2003. The album peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, and produced the single, “I Feel So.”

Delonge stated that the band is permanently defunct. Delonge's new band, Angels & Airwaves, is proclaimed a continuation of Box Car Racer, allowing him to continue what he started with David Kennedy.