It’s a little more than a week until ANGELS & AIRWAVES release their third full-length, Love, on Sunday, Feb. 14 (for free, natch). The album will also be accompanied by a film that will see a theatrical release later this year, plus a deluxe edition of the disc for purchase. We did a quick check-in with AVA frontman TOM DeLONGE to see what all the Angels & Airwaves attention means for new BLINK-182 music. —Rachel Lux
“Blink are in the process of scheduling how we are going to record the next record. We already started before the tour, the only issue we’re having now is that Angels are having quite a lot of electricity being built, so we have kind of the release of our life, and with this film and everything, we’re just trying to schedule how we’re going to be able to be in the studio. That meeting was actually supposed to take place last week and then this week, but this week already came to a close, so it’s hard because we’re all so busy.
Mark [Hoppus] is actually doing a remix for Angels & Airwaves that will be on the sellable version of [Love]. We have a record that we’re selling that has 30 minutes extra music on it, plus a remix from Mark. Travis [Barker] has got a million things going on as well, so we’re focusing on that and this week kind of went out the window. But I’m gearing up for tour, so the goal is that we’re going to be meeting once or twice a week up until when I leave, and then when I get back from tour, it’ll open the window up to really dig into it.
We actually got a lot done quickly [on the new Blink album] because people were working simultaneously in different studios, so we’re hoping it will go really quickly. I’m in a good spot, because I have two great bands. I know how people are with Blink. I know how big Blink are and I know the legacy with it and everything, but Angels & Airwaves, to my heart and to the people who like it, this is the release of my life. This is the most complicated and all-encompassing and heartfelt project–this album and this movie–that I’ve ever done in my entire life. It’s really, really exciting because it really exceeded my expectations. I thought it was going to suffer to some degree because I was getting thrown around with the other band as well, and the tour or whatever, but I’m really, really, really excited about [the album release on] Valentine’s Day. One step at a time for me–it’s hard for me to bounce back and forth, and right now my mind is all Angels and trying to figure out how to schedule the upcoming Blink recording, because that’s coming quick, too.” alt