Angels & Airwaves are finally back in full swing and have announced their latest LP, LIFEFORMS. The forthcoming release is the group’s sixth studio album and their first full-length since 2014’s The Dream Walker.
To support the new record, Angels & Airwaves also announced a world tour, the second since they ended their seven-year hiatus in 2019. Beginning in September 2021, the extensive tour will kick off in Riverside, California, and end March 2022 in Hanover, Germany. Dates for the tour can be found below.
The record and tour announcement also included a release of the second single, “Restless Souls.” The fast, electric new track is told from the perspective of God and means to tell humanity the importance of standing strong in the face of adversity.
“‘Restless Souls’ in many ways is an honest letter from God to humanity,” lead singer Tom DeLonge said in a press release, “because life seems to always be looking for ways to inspire, clarify and teach us when things become more difficult.”
The record is set to drop Sept. 24, five days before the launch of the tour. As they did for the release of “Euphoria,” the band gave clues to a new release in a tweet, where cryptic numbers and a mysteriously vague interrogation hinted at an impending revelation.
— Angels & Airwaves (@AVABandOfficial) June 12, 2021
“This album for me is a journey through different relationships, different points of view and how we each have our own life path,” DeLonge continued.
In order for the announcement to fully match the heavy themes of the album, Angels & Airwaves partnered with Sent Into Space, a digital media agency specializing in the videography of Earth from near space. The agency launched a renewable hydrogen capsule, which will play LIFEFORMS in its entirety from the stratosphere. Album and tour information will also be displayed amid a stunning backdrop of planet Earth as the capsule orbits the blue planet.
The announcement is extremely characteristic for DeLonge, who not only served as an executive producer for the History Channel series Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation but also directed the forthcoming film Monsters Of California. His multimedia company To The Stars, which employs a host of physicists and former Department of Defense officials, has been credited for the release of confidential UFO videos by the government.
“Restless Souls” is the latest track from the forthcoming album following “Euphoria,” which dropped May 19. Like “Restless Souls,” “Euphoria” featured a cryptic release and a look at personal relationships.
“‘Euphoria’ is actually about the emotional baggage we bring to every relationship we have going forward,” DeLonge told AltPress. “Something that is a spark or an edge can be the sign of damage to the heart when younger. We are all responsible for our own emotional growth, and if we don’t learn the lessons, we will contaminate everything we do after.”
For an album with such heavy themes, it’s no wonder the band felt they needed a literally otherworldly announcement. You can find dates for the upcoming tour below.
Angels & Airwaves 2021-2022 tour dates:
09/29/21 – Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium
09/30/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
10/02/21 – Portland, OR @ Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn
10/03/21 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
10/05/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Union
10/06/21 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore
10/08/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway
10/10/21 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
10/12/21 – Cincinnati, OH @ Ovation
10/13/21 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
10/15/21 – Oxon Hill, DC @ MGM National Harbor
10/16/21 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
10/17/21 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/19/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
10/20/21 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/22/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/23/21 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein
10/24/21 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVA
10/26/21 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Janus Live
10/27/21 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
10/28/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
10/30/21 – Dallas, TX @ South Side
10/31/21 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live
11/01/21 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
11/03/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
11/05/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
11/07/21 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
03/11/22 – Birmingham, UK @ 02 Academy
03/12/22 – Manchester, UK @ Academy
03/13/22 – Glasgow, UK @ 02 Academy
03/15/22 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
03/16/22 – Bristol, UK @ Academy
03/17/22 – London, UK @ 02 Kentish Town Forum
03/20/22 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
03/22/22 – Munich, DE @ Tonhalle
03/23/22 – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys
03/25/22 – Koln, DE @ E Werk
03/27/22 – Hanover, DE @ Capitol