Seven years passed between the Angels & Airwaves albums, but the band – and in particular founder and mainstay Tom DeLonge – hardly faltered.
There has been a lot of music from the band during this interim – three EPs and a long rollout of songs on the new album “Lifeforms”, dating from April 2019. DeLonge has been busy outside of music, writing – including the “Poet Anderson” series of comics and audiobooks, among other titles – and working with his Academy of Arts and Sciences To The Stars, which includes entertainment efforts that delve into DeLonge’s long-standing fascination with UFOs And he will make his directorial debut with “Monsters of California”, which he created in tandem with “Lifeforms”.
DeLonge, 45, doesn’t let that get him off the road, however, as AVA (the band’s logo is a stylization of “Angels And Airwaves, also spelling out DeLonge’s daughter’s name) is on tour to support” Lifeforms. ”This makes the singer and guitarist a happy juggler, spending some time on the phone while heading to the band’s next show.
• DeLonge describes “Lifeforms” as “a three-year journey that ended up being one of the best records of my life”. The set’s first single, “Rebel Girl,” was released in April 2019, but the recording of the full album took unexpected turns. “It was a bit laid back here and there, because I don’t have a lot of time to do it, since I do so many things. So it grew a little bit and I thought I was done, and then we went on tour and the tour was amazing and I was like, “Damn… I have to go improve this album. Then the pandemic hit and we had time to really work on this challenge myself to make it something really special. “
• DeLonge says “Lifeforms” deliberately drew on the musical “roots” that were displayed on AVA’s early albums as well as in his work with previous bands Blink-182 and Box Car Racer. “This album is very intentional. There’s an intentional song that’s my love from The Cure. There is an intentional song that is my love of Depeche Mode. There’s an intentional song I think Blink could’ve gone to, or Box Car Racer. It really is a journey through all the things that I grew up loving.
• Lyrically, “Lifeforms” ranges from the personal dynamics stemming from her divorce in 2019 to topical themes in songs such as “No More Guns” and “A Fire in a Nameless Town”. “During the pandemic, things changed,” DeLonge explains, “and I felt like if I didn’t talk, if I didn’t say something about the state of things, things that were happening, I would do a disservice. I didn’t want to look back and feel like I wasn’t standing up for something I believe in. I knew I was making a movie with this album, so I really wanted to live in the idea of who we are, how we interact with each other, how we define our lives. The film kind of develops that. The entirety of what I do is to advance consciousness.
• DeLonge plans to release the movie “Monsters of California” next year, which he says is a feature film based on some of the “Lifeforms” themes and will contain more new music. “It’s really exciting, kind of what happens when you take my ridiculous sense of humor and that perk and throw it in some sort of Spielberg / Amblin place, with a bunch of serous (stuff) going on.” road.
• DeLonge has kept in touch with former Blink-182 band member Mark Hoppus during the bassist’s recent battle with cancer, and reports that he no longer has cancer. “I just spoke to him and I think he’s been on an emotional roller coaster. He cures. I think everyone’s good love and energy got him through this. DeLonge adds that a Blink-182 meeting was discussed. “It really comes down to timing and all that stuff. I have so much to do, and (AVA) is such a big priority and the music, I focus on one day at a time, really.
Angels & Airwaves and Bad Suns perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 10 at Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets cost $ 42.50 and up at 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetroit.com.