11/14/2012 09:06 am ET

New Blink-182 EP: Band To Release New Music By Christmas

Blink-182 is giving fans a special Christmas present in the form of a new EP.

The rockers, who recently split from Interscope Records after 15 years, are releasing their first songs as independent artists. The band first announced the news of new material when bassist Mark Hoppus tweeted to fans last week.

Details are starting to emerge about the upcoming EP, the band's first new album since 2011's "Neighborhoods."

"We're very excited about getting these songs out before Christmas. As it stands today, the EP is set to release on December 18," Hoppus told MTV. "We're not sure how many songs will make the final EP ... hopefully all five, but we'll make the final determination when the mixes are complete."

Now that the band is independent, the EP is set to be distributed through iTunes, as well as through the band's website.

"This kind of agility is exactly what we were looking for, post-label," Hoppus said in the interview with MTV. "We have ideas for songs, we get into a studio and put the ideas together, grind hard, chase that paper, and weeks later we release the songs on our own. I spent last week in the studio with Travis and Tom. It was great, ideas falling everywhere. Lots of long hours spent on five new songs. ... The band is in a great place creatively. Having everyone in the same room at the same time makes all the difference for us."

Travis Barker is also a fan of the new EP. "To me already, this EP is a hundred times better than Neighborhoods," he told Rolling Stone.

Look for the new EP from Blink on Dec. 18.

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