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Travis Barker talks blink-182 collabs with Grimes, Lil Uzi Vert and Pharrell, says new album is 60 per cent” done

blink-182 are slowly finishing up” their new album, which is set to feature collaborations with Grimes, and Lil Uzi Vert and Pharrell, according to Travis Barker.

After confirming in January that blink-182 will be releasing a new album at some point this year, Travis Barker has revealed that the pop-punk kings are currently roughly 60 per cent” done with the record.

Joining Rock This with Allison Hagendorf alongside Trippie Redd (whose new rock-inspired album Neon Shark vs. Pegasus was produced by Travis), the drummer says that the band are slowly finishing up this album” – the follow-up to 2019’s NINE.

There’s a lot of cool stuff,” he teases of the release. 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.”

Read this: The 20 greatest blink-182 songs – ranked

When asked by Allison what blink-182 fans can expect from the record with these collabs in mind, Travis explains, 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.

And yeah, I mean, I don’t think blink will ever be anything but like a pop-punk band,” he continues. 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?

Whether it’s like pop-punk with blink or whatever with [Machine Gun Kelly] or whatever with Trippie, that’s where my heart’s at. Like, I was raised on rap music and punk rock music. It’s kind of all I know…”

Can’t. Wait.

Listen to the full new episode of Rock This with Allison Hagendorf below:

Posted on February 19th 2021, 4:43p.m.
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