For Blink-182 front man, Angels & Airwaves is a drastic departure

Tom Delonge mixes atmospheric rock with metaphysical symbolism

April 28, 2010|By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun

At last year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge was cracking obscene jokes and copping a teenage attitude with his fans and bandmates.

Now, DeLonge is on tour with Angels & Airwaves, a band that pairs atmospheric alt-rock songs with metaphysical symbolism. For DeLonge, it's a sobering about-face. Angels & Airwaves gave away its latest album, "Love," for free, and shot a feature film that could hit theaters later this year. On Monday, Angels & Airwaves will be at Rams Head Live.

On his transformation

"I think there are a lot of people scratching their heads and I don't blame them. You have a guy that ran around naked for 15 years screaming obscenities and made a career off of teenage angst and rebellion and then he comes at you with this thing that's extremely sophisticated and deep. It's bipolar.

"I was taught as a punk rock kid to be very suspicious of anybody that comes at you that's changing it up a lot. The Ramones kept it very straight [and] to the point in the garage. They made you feel like you could do that too. When a band comes at your or an artist and they're all over the place, sometimes you think they're faking it. I get it."

Who they are

"We're not hippies. David, our guitar player, races motorcycles at 180 miles per hour. We're fans of ‘Tron.' We surround ourselves with very masculine ingredients. We're not trying to have it come off like we're little butterflies preaching love. We're trying to come off as guys who are obsessed with the infinite hope and vastness of space and what that can mean for human beings when they put their mind to it."

On the film

"We never thought we were going to compete with ‘Transformers' or ‘Avatar.' We knew we were dabbling in an industry we didn't know too much about. We knew no matter what, it would be something cool.

"What we have is a feature film about a guy that gets abandoned and finds out he himself is a human time capsule. He has these incredible experiences accessing other peoples lives and histories. … We're trying to bring a more metaphysical journey and a quantum idea of life to a young audience, because I think they're ready for it."

If you go
Angels & Airwaves performs Monday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. Doors open at 7 p.m. $30. Say Anything also performs. Call 410-244-1131 or go to

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