Blink-182 Have a New EP and Matt Skiba Is on It
blink-182 have confirmed a new EP, and it will feature Matt Skiba.
During a recent Instagram Q&A, vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus stated that the band is currently working on their next release, with Skiba due back in the studio to work on new blink material alongside producer/Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann.
"We’re working on it today," Hoppus said of the upcoming EP. "Matt is going back into the studio with John to work on more songs. I think we have a tracklisting. We still need to finish these songs, get them mixed. We are a ways away still, but we are working on it.
"These songs are dope. You guys are in for some dope new blink-182 music in hopefully the nearish future."
Furthermore, Hoppus elaborated on why the new material will be released as part of a standalone EP, as opposed to a deluxe edition of the band's most recent album, NINE.
"There is no NINE deluxe at this point. The songs that we are going to release on this EP are not…When I think of a deluxe album, I think of the additional songs sometimes as songs that were thrown away or weren’t good enough to make the real album and so they are put on as bonus songs. We wrote new songs for the California deluxe and I think that that stands on its own. But this one we are writing all new material, and it didn’t feel like it was part of the NINE writing sessions. It felt like its own entity."
Hoppus' comments appear to put the speculation surrounding Matt Skiba's involvement in the band to bed. Fans have been questioning whether the Alkaline Trio frontman remains a part of blink given his relative absence on the band's most recent single, "Quarantine."
In addition to dropping the blink news, Hoppus also revealed as part of the same Q&A that his side-project with All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth, Simple Creatures, has unreleased material that may yet see the light of day.
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