"I said a while ago that the new Angels & Airwaves record would sound a bit like what I envisioned blink would sound like in the future." - Tom DeLonge.
Former blink-182 guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge has discussed the direction he imagined blink would take, and how he's taken his band Angels & Airwaves in that direction instead.
In an interview with Alt 98.7, Tom said that the direction of the upcoming Angels & Airwaves album is what he invisioned the future version of blink sounding like, sharing "I said a while ago that the new Angels & Airwaves record would sound a bit like what I envisioned blink would sound like in the future. And what that means to me is not necessarily how fast the songs are or what the lyrics might be saying."
He clarified, "What I mean by that is more modernizing the way you write punk music. The way you bring in electronic elements, the way you bring in synthesizers, the way you build and craft to songs to where they're a bit more complex, there's landscapes involved and there's crescendos, there's things that create dynamics. A lot of punk-rock music is: we start this way, we end this way, and it's very one-sound-one-tone, whereas Angels & Airwaves ramps you up, explodes, drops you down, then ramps you back up and then something big at the end. It's a different architecture altogether."
He then shared the blink song that best speaks to what he's talking about, sharing "We did some of that on the 'Neighborhoods' record, like 'Ghost On The Dance Floor' is the way that last blink record started, it's the first song. I thought that was a good example of where blink should've gone."
And what can we expect from the upcoming Angels & Airwaves album? Tom shared "The album is gonna be arguably probably some of my best work. I'm really passionate about it. It's big - it's like really big, kind of stadium-rock type songs, but coming off of a post-punk foundation. We still got that kind of soaring atmosphere thing that people love with Angels & Airwaves."
Check out Angels & Airwaves' most recent single 'Rebel Girl' below: