Grimes, Lil Uzi Vert, and Pharrell are set to feature on the forthcoming album from pop punk’s very own Blink-182. Set to be released in 2021, the record is currently untitled, but is around “60 per cent done” according to drummer Travis Barker.
The band is “slowly finishing up” the follow-up to its 2019 studio album Nine, says Barker in a conversation for the Rock This podcast. “There’s a lot of cool stuff,” he adds, “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.”
Barker also explains that the variety of featured artists doesn’t mean a departure from Blink-182’s usual sound, but rather involved bringing them into the pop punk fold. “I mean, it’s not like Blink’s making a rap song or anything,” he says of the collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert. “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.”
Back in December 2019, Grimes revealed that she’d already made music for Lil Uzi Vert after he asked her to produce an EP for him, though he apparently never downloaded the WeTransfer link she sent. In January this year, it appeared that a Lil Uzi and Grimes collab could still be on the way, after the rapper (and $24-million-diamond-forehead-implant-haver) tweeted: “Me and grimes making hits.” The pair have also recently made plans to get “brain chips” together, courtesy of the neurotechnology company founded by Grimes’ boyfriend Elon Musk, which is… something to watch out for.