Tom DeLonge opens up on “where blink-182 should’ve gone” sonically
The AVA frontman delves deep to explain the band’s new sound.July 29, 2019
During the Q&A, DeLonge described that their new album will expand on their post-punk influences with a wide, stadium-rock feel. In addition to that, he revealed that the band’s new musical direction resembles how blink-182 should’ve sounded like—something he’s opened up on before.
“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,” DeLonge says. “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 the songs to where they’re a bit more complex, there’s landscapes involved and there’s crescendos—there’s things that create dynamics.”
DeLonge goes further to explain his songwriting process and writing punk music, in the context of Angels & Airwaves.
“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 elaborates.
“I always envisioned Blink would do a bit of that,” he continues. “We did some of that on the Neighborhoods record. ‘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.”
Earlier this month, DeLonge posted photos on his Instagram and teased fans with a possibility of a new Angels & Airwaves song. The band also recently dropped their first single, “Rebel Girl,” via Rise Records in April.
Check out the full interview with DeLonge below.
Angels & Airwaves added more dates and upgrades some venues for their first tour in seven years. You can check out the dates below with additions and larger venues in bold and secure your tickets here.
09/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
09/06 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
09/07 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
09/09 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
09/10 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
09/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
09/13 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
09/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
09/15 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
09/17 – New York, NY @ PlayStation Theater
09/18 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
09/20 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore*
09/21 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
09/22 – St. Louis, MO @ 2 The Pageant
09/24 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore*
09/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
09/27 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
09/28 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
09/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater*
10/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater
10/02 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
10/04 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
10/05 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/08 –Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues +
10/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater +
* updated venue
+ additional date
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