I'll say it -
I also think it's bullshit that AVAs producer is Co--writing.
I think producers writing with you outside of subtle suggestions is bull, just like I think outside writers is bull.
Producers are supposed to be outsiders who take your song, record it, and make it sound as best as it can. As soon as they're actually writing it as well, they're no longer objective to the material, and the production suffers.
I don't like bands hiring outside writers when they're decent writers in their own right who are more than capable.
In blinks case it's way more annoying because A. The hired writers are writing wank. B. Blink never needed hired writers in the past and C. They have Matt fuuucking Skiba in the band and aren't really using him.
It sucks on both sides. Toms better than it, and so are blink.