While appearing on the latest episode of Rock This podcast with Allison Hagendorf and Trippie Redd last Friday (19 February), Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker revealed that the band are "slowly finishing up" their follow up to 2019's NINE album.
The drummer confirmed that their new album is about "60 per cent done", and also discussed some of the collaborators due to appear on the record, "There’s a lot of cool stuff. There’s like a song with Grimes right now that’s really, really cool that I love. There’s a song with Uzi that’s really, really cool that we did with Pharrell."
Expanding on what those collaborations might sounds like, Barker said, "I mean, it’s not like Blink’s making a rap song or anything. It’s like bringing Uzi over to our world. So it’s more of a punk kind of like reggae feeling song."
He added, "I don’t think Blink will ever be anything but like a pop-punk band. I mean, that’s who we are. And I feel like our fans have kind of journeyed with us when we’ve done songs like "I Miss You" or ballads like "Adam’s Song". But like we’re never going to veer too far off from what we are – like, I’m like a punk kid at heart, you know what I mean?"
Last month Lil Uzi Vert revealed he had been "making hits" with Grimes. Both artists also agreed to get "brain chips" together after Lil Uzi Vert tweeted "NEURALINK", a reference to Elon Musk's brain chip device that is described as "ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers".