Angels And Airwaves (a.k.a. "AVA") is an American alternative / Progressive Rock Supergroup
formed by blink-182
singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge in 2005. The band has also been described as an "art project", with a multimedia initiative that includes movies, books, art, and other media. For example, the two Love
albums are part of what Tom considered a more far-reaching project which also includes the feature-length Love
movie directed by William Eubank. The film, after several years of delays
premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in February 2011, received a limited one-night-only release on August 10th, and eventually was released on DVD in November alongside Love Part 2
. The film also recieved a graphic novel adaptation. Capping off the Love
cycle is a double EP of remixes from both Love albums and the Love film score supervised by new drummer Ilan Rubin called "Stomping the Phantom Break Pedal". The first Love
album was released for free by the band, similar to what Radiohead
did with In Rainbows
or what Nine Inch Nails
did with The Slip
The release of their album The Dream Walker
coinceded with the release of the animated sci-fi short film/bigger multimedia brand Poet Anderson, featuring a dreamwalking vigilante who fights off nightmares in a very nice suit. Said multimedia brand features said short film, an upcoming live action film, comics, clothing, and a novel from Suzanne Young of The Program
series. The relaunch of the band-run strange news/ufology/conspiracy theory news site Strange Times has taken a backseat to the development of a full-fledged...something. A TV show? A movie? The only thing that's for certain at this point is the novel tie-in from Geoff Herbach, writer of Stupid Fast
. Brace for the wait
- Tom DeLonge - lead vocals, guitar, songwriter
- David Kennedy - guitar, synthsnote
- Ilan Rubin - drums, synths, piano
- Eddie Breckenridge (Thrice) - bass note
- Ryan Sinn - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Atom Willard (Against Me!) - drums
- Matt Wachter - bass, synths, keyboards, backing vocalsnote
- 2006 - We Don't Need To Whisper
- 2007 - I-Empire
- 2010 - LOVE
- 2011 - LOVE Part 2
- 2013 - Stomping the Phantom Brake Pedal [EP]
- 2014 - The Dream Walker
- 2006 - The Adventure, Do It For Me Now
- 2007 - Everything's Magic
- 2008 - Secret Crowds, Breathe
- 2010 - Hallucinations
- 2012 - Anxiety, Surrender
- 2013 - Diary, Surrender (Remix)
- 2014 - The Wolf Pack, Tunnelsnote
Angels And Airwaves provides examples of:
- blink-182 (Tom De Longe)
- Over My Dead Body (David Kennedy)
- Hazen Street (Kennedy)
- Box Car Racer (Kennedy and De Longe)
- The New Regime (Ilan Rubin)
- Nine Inch Nails (Rubin)
- The Offspring (Atom Willard)
- Paramore (Rubin)
- Rocket from the Crypt (Atom)
- Social Distortion (Atom)
- 30 Seconds to Mars (Matt Wachter)
- The Distillers (Ryan Sinn)
- Thrice (Eddie Breckenridge)
- Breakup Song: "It Hurts"
- Also "Start the Machine", which is about blink-182's breakup.
- Christmas Songs: "Star of Bethlehem". In the album's final release, it was split into two songs: "Star of Bethlehem" and "True Love".
- Concept Album: "Love" Parts I and I, of the thematic kind. More specifically, it's about the many kinds of love in an esoteric sense. Part II ties directly into the Love film, with dialogue from the movie showing up on the album and songs from the album showing up in the film's score in epic instrumental film score format.
- Averted for The Dream Walker, despite being mentioned as a concept album tied into the Poet Anderson project, there's barely anything in the musical content that ties it to the short film, besides perhaps Paralyzednote .
- Darker and Edgier/Lighter and Softer: Compared to blink-182, both labels arguably apply. Darker and Edgier, in that their music frequently deals with more mature subject matter (war, depression, social justice, etc.) than blink is known for, and generally treats subjects with more gravity than blink ever did. Lighter and Softer, in that their music generally has a much more optimistic tone than blink's, and is often about overcoming adversity through The Power of Love and/or The Power of Friendship.
- Double Meaning Title: The band's abbreviated name, "AVA" counts as one. It was ostensibly chosen because it looks like "AAA" (for Angels And Airwaves) with the second "A" turned upside down, but it's also a tribute to Tom's daughter, Ava DeLonge. And when said aloud, the name also sounds similar to the word "aviation". Considering the band's heavy use of space and aviation motifs in their lyrics and album artwork, this was probably intentional.
- Epic Instrumental Opener: The beginning of "Valkyrie Missile", "Star of Bethlehem" and "Et Ducit Mundum Per Luce".
- Lighter and Softer: I-Empire
- Loudness War: I-Empire
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Sirens" from "I-Empire". It has the same upbeat, uplifting sound of all of their music...but it's about a Stalker with a Crush.
- The Movie: Love (originally titled I-Empire) was scored by the band, and its plot is based on recurring themes in their music.
- Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker is a short film also scored by the band. While The Dream Walker is intended to tie into the Poet franchise as a while, the short film is inspired by the band's full discography. There's also a live action film on the way.
- Precision F-Strike: At least on one song per album (It Hurts on WDNTW, Rite of Spring on I-Empire, Flight of Apollo on LOVE, though it happens on four songs in LOVE: Part II)
- Pretentious Latin Motto: Two of them, the most known one being "Et Ducit Mundum Per Luce" (also a song title, which loosely/inaccurately translates to "He/she leads the world by light".
- Protest Song: "War" is the most obvious one. "Distraction", to a lesser extent note Understandable, since both were written when Tom's brother was pulling active duty in Iraq.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: An entire band example. AvA is very much the blue to blink's red.
- Real Soon Now: The release of the LOVE movie along with various other endeavors by the band, due to the other obligations and projects the members juggle on top of AvA.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Way on the idealist end. They're one of the most shamelessly optimistic bands on the alternative rock scene today.
- Something Completely Different: Would you believe that Tom put out a children's book called "The Lonely Astronaut"? Would you believe that the book approaches the same themes as the LOVE movie but in a simpler, funnier matter? Would you believe that Tom actually wrote something for the purpose of being child-friendly?
- The band qualifies itself as this as well. When Tom wanted to start Angels & Airwaves, he wanted it to be different than what he created with blink-182, he wanted to try something new instead of just doing pop-punk or the dark sound he did with Box Car Racer: The result was a band influenced by Tom's love of space, critiques of war, and the overall concept of love that we know today as Angels & Airwaves.
- Spiritual Successor: to Box Car Racer. Tom has said in live shows in response to people asking if Box Car Racer would ever continue that Angels and Airwaves is Box Car Racer.
- Supergroup: Each of the members and their respective other bands are listed above.
- Trailers Always Lie: They released a trailer for a movie based on their music shortly before We Don't Need To Whisper first came out. The trailer gave the impression that it would be a feature film like Yellow Submarine or The Wall, but it eventually turned out to be a documentary about the band's formation. Granted, they did eventually come out with a feature film called Love in 2011.
- Unperson: Averted with Ryan Sinn, whose likeness has shown up in photobooks and most prominently on the disc for the vinyl release of We Don't Need To Whisper made available to Modlife members.