The news comes via Blink drummer Travis Barker, who confirmed in a new interview that the band indeed recorded a new song with rapper Lil Uzi Vert and N.E.R.D.'s Pharrell and Chad Hugo. However, he said the plan is for the band to release an as-yet-undetailed new EP later this year, and that's where the collaborative track will likely find its home.
Speaking with Kerwin Frost, Barker said the following of Blink-182's future plans for the EP and collab:
It's not gonna come out on the album — it's gonna come out probably on the EP that comes later this year. But Blink just did a song with Uzi, that's the most mind-blowing thing ever — with Pharrell.
So you have these things now where like, where Uzi is out at Pharrell's studio and he's like, "Yo I just did this song with Blink," so Uzi is like "I gotta get on that." So it's almost coming full circle, but maybe it's not coming full circle in rock — it's actually affecting a whole other genre of music.
At this point, it should come as no real surprise that Blink are stepping out of their pop-punk comfort zone. After all, they are going on tour with Lil Wayne, and Barker just released a new EP called Meet the Drummers with West Coast rap artist 03 Greedo.
So far, Blink have given us three new tracks: "Happy Days," "Generational Divide" and "Blame It on My Youth." But at this point, it's unclear if these will all appear on the band's as-yet-untitled new album or perhaps this separate EP that Barker is teasing.
For now, you can check out the segment with Barker about the new EP possibility below.
blink-182 to release an EP later this year? 🤔 According to Travis, the song that blink-182 wrote with Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Lil Uzi Vert will not be featured on their upcoming album, but on an EP "that happens later this year". I would recommend taking this piece of information with a grain of salt because these things tend to change a lot over time. Anyway, it really seems that blink-182 is determined to take a more modern approach and release new music much more often, as is commonplace in today's music industry. #blink182 #blink182italia
You can also watch the full interview with Barker below.