[pullquote quote=”This whole thing has been a massive accomplishment and something we’ve been working at for a long time.” credit=”Tom DeLonge on ‘Love'”]Considered a powerhouse alternative supergroup, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Angels & Airwaves[/lastfm], is the artistic collaboration of four accomplished musicians.
Many know frontman [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tom DeLonge [/lastfm]from his successful career with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Blink-182[/lastfm] and the other members of Angels and Airwaves have similar laurels attached to their names. Guitarist [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Kennedy[/lastfm] was in [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Boxcar Racer[/lastfm]; bassist [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Matt Wachter [/lastfm]was in [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]30 Seconds To Mars[/lastfm]; and brand new drummer, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ilan Rubin [/lastfm]is known for his work with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lostprophets[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nine Inch Nails[/lastfm].
All together they make up Angels & Airwaves, which is dubbed by DeLonge as ”an art project [that approaches] larger human themes and tackles them in different mediums.”
This creative concept is demonstrated perfectly with the November 8th deluxe option release of Angel & Airwaves’ past album, LOVE Part One, their 85-minute LOVE science-fiction film, and their newest album, LOVE Part Two.
This morning, KROQ and Kevin & Bean world premiered the first single, “Surrender,” from their upcoming album. Listen to “Surrender” here first!
In his interview with Kevin & Bean this morning, DeLonge described Angels & Airwaves’ LOVE project as part of a complete artistic vision of: “we’ll take a large theme about the human race–like love–and we’ll communicate in the album and in the film.”
The “culmination of a five-year project,” DeLonge said that regardless of the album tie-in “the movie just stands on its own…it’s a complete science fiction feature film.” LOVE has been shown at about twenty film festivals and won a few awards.
[pullquote quote=”We wanted to do something that took quite a lot of investment for people to get into….I think when people finally get it…you kind of get a fan for life. “]The film, which was an 100% independent endeavor is about an astronaut stuck in a Space Station, seeing the Earth crumbling below him.
According to DeLonge, the Space Station was ingeniously constructed in the director’s driveway in Santa Barbara as well as the epic Civil War scenario at the beginning of the film. Here’s the trailer for “Love.”
Respectively, just the whole process of constructing these situations believably and relatively inexpensively took about 11-months and bled into DeLonge’s work with Blink-182, but Angels & Airwaves wanted to do something rife with symbolism that would speak to people in the long-term:
[pullquote quote=”We’re kind of like a progressive punk rock band, we all grew up in the Southern California punk rock sensibility..lots of synthesizers, lots of building crescendos…and really handsome band members.”]We wanted to do something that took quite a lot of investment for people to get into….I think when people finally get it…you kind of get a fan for life.”
“I think what’s happening is that rock bands are becoming way more progressive and need to be…you make a little bit of noise not by marketing but by…taking risks.”
DeLonge joked that the imagery is so “esoteric” that at Angels & Airwaves shows “we will provide acid when you walk in the door.”
The band wrapped up the interview by describing what the experimental alternative band might sound (and look) like to a new listener.
“We’re kind of like a progressive punk rock band, we all grew up in the Southern California punk rock sensibility..lots of synthesizers, lots of building crescendos…and really handsome band members.”
If you love the new tune as much as we do, “Surrender” is available on iTunes as a free “Single of the Week and tomorrow, November 1st, all of LOVE Part Two will be on iTunes for only one week!
On November 8th, you can purchase a deluxe box set that includes LOVE Part One, Part Two and LOVE (the movie)at retail outlets or online through AVAshop.com.
AVAshop.com will also be featuring three exclusive sets: the “black edition” that upgrades the deluxe version with a 128-page comic book based on the movie; a “gold edition” which also adds a limited-edition t-shirt; and a “platinum edition” (limited to 25) that contains a signed, customized Epiphone guitar similar to the one frontman Tom DeLonge uses.
- What do you think of Angel & Airwaves’ new song “Surrender?” Let us know in the comments or tweet us @KROQ!