Blink-182’s drummer tries to calm rumours that the band has turned its back on pop-punk after it was revealed their new album is to feature Grimes, Lil Uzi Vert and Pharrell.
According to Blink-182, the band are “slowly finishing up” the follow-up to 2019’s NINE and their new album is to feature Grimes, Lil Uzi Vert and Pharrell. Blink’s drummer Travis Barker, says the new album is “60 per cent done,” after he confirmed on Twitter last month that the album would arrive in 2021.
Earlier this month, Barker executive produced Trippie Redd’s new rock-influenced album ‘Neon Shark vs. Pegasus’.
Discussing the album’s collaborations, he said: “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.”
Wanting to dampen the rumours that Blink-182 is going even more pop, 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.
“I don’t think Blink will ever be anything but 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 ‘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.