Angels And Airwaves
With their 2006 debut Suretone / Geffen CD We Don't Need to Whisper, Angels And Airwaves (AVA for short) strikes a blow for hope in dark times. "The overall message on every AVA song," Tom recently told Kerrang! Magazine, "is that tomorrow could be the best day of your life."
Click here to watch the video for 'The Adventure,' the fantastic new single from Angels and Airwaves. Out May 15th.
Teaming up with Tom are his Box Car Racer colleague, guitarist David Kennedy, former Offspring drummer Atom Willard and one-time Distillers bassist Ryan Sinn. Tom emphasizes that AVA is no side project like Box Car Racer, nor a thinly-disguised solo vehicle. AVA is, first and foremost, a band. "All of us have massive input," he adds. "It's a collaborative effort."
The four gathered at Tom's studio, Never Pants Ranch, record the album with Tom producing. While the tracks span the musical spectrum, each is powered by muscular beats, lean guitars and Tom's fractious take on life. "Valkyrie Missile," one of the CD's more apocalyptic songs, serves as "a great introduction to AVA," he notes. "It says that something special can come out of destruction." Others, like "It Hurts" and the album's first singe, "The Adventure," keep in the anthemic swing of things. Says Tom of the latter, "It's got big programmed beats, a big crescendo and the guitar riffing people expect of me Ã¢Â€Â“ but it sounds like it comes from the future."
"It's taken me 12 years to learn how to write an album like this," Tom told Alternative Press. "It's taken 20 million records sold and arenas sold out across the world with blink-182 to learn how music affects people, how it should be presented live and how to keep people interested (while taking) them on a journey. This is some of the best music I've ever made."
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