Angels & Airwaves-Surrender Remix (Video)

Easily the standout track from their Stomping on the Phantom Brake Pedal EP, the remix to one of their more popular tracks in recent times (listen out for the original as the theme tune for Wrestlemania 29), and now the second visual from the aforementioned EP.

The original’s bright, energetic instrumentation made for a real highlight of Love: Part Two, with Tom’s vocals matching that backdrop step-for-step in terms of raw positivity, and hence the direction of this remix was surprising. It’s dark, a little experimental and much sterner than its origin piece, with a mixture of deep, booming synths, filtered percussion and a collection of distorted effects that swaps out the infectious hopefulness for an uneasy, futuristic instrumentation that would feel at home backing a sci-fi film. It gets a little gentler for the hook courtesy of some soft guitar work, but it’s still a much harsher soundscape than the original.

The video clearly takes cues from the sci-fi film style, looking as though its filmed in some kind of power plant or weird space vehicle and viewed elsewhere on a control room screen. The picture-in-picture shots of the other band members playing their instruments is a nice touch, particularly for the guitar sections, and it’s again a dark, slightly unsettling creation that matches up with the audio as a result. EP is available here.

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Angels and Airwaves-Diary (Video)

At over 8 minutes long, most AVA fans will rightfully expect another Star of Bethlehem situation. That’d certainly be a good thing given it’s a superb piece, and whilst this is a rather different proposition it’s no less impressive, even if it is far removed from their usual material.

The notable factor is how little this focuses on vocals, and instead is really driven by the instrumentation. It’s rare the band do that at such length, and usually save that for interludes or extended intros (such as Star), and it’s certainly a welcome change given how consistently excellent their instrumental work is. Dedicated to their late friend Critter, the clip opens with nearly 3 minutes of minimalism via soft key notes and little else: it’s a chance to focus on the video, which stays true to the Diary title. It’s made up of behind-the-scenes and live footage, and the grainy, stuttering filters applied give it a ‘hazy memory’ vibe that definitely adds a personal feel, before the music evolves with crashing percussion and more lively keys. The next 2 minutes keep this up, before switching down to soft synths and a vocal sample, and back up again to instrumentation but with distorted vocals layered on top. It’s a track that really works in clearly divided segments, and hence makes for the type of diverse listening that makes an 8 minute track just fly by. This features on the Stomping on the Phantom Brake Pedal EP, due for release on 18th December.

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Angels and Airwaves-Surrender Video

Looks like even Angels and Airwaves want in on the riot-themed video action, as they come through with a clip for one of the many excellent tracks from their most recent album, Love Part 2.

If you watched the No Church In The Wild video a little earlier, you’ll be familiar with chunks of this video. The opening few seconds are almost identical in setting up a riot scene, though the video then transitions into something a little more positive, helped hugely by the fantastically feelgood audio. As the audio is heavily anchored around the hook, the video represents that by gathering pace through the verses, and progressing slowly into action-heavy climaxes for the hook that are a hyperactive blend of band shots, rioting and dancing. The diversity of those scenes adds a lighter, positive spin to the notion of an uprising, and certainly removes some of the seriousness associated with the riot scenes, a necessary move given the uplifting nature of the audio. The whole package of scenes combines with the audio for a general feeling of youthful rebelliousness, and its an audio-visual that makes for a pretty solid watch. Grab the single on iTunes now.

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Angels & Airwaves-Anxiety Video

Fresh off the back of releasing visuals with Blink-182, Tom DeLonge shows no signs of slowing down with his latest video as part of Angels & Airwaves, and the first single from their upcoming album Love Part 2.

The track opens with the trademark delayed guitars so prominent on their first two albums, whilst the heavier guitar work found on Love comes to the fore soon after. A noticeable addition is the strong work on the keys that gives the track a heavy Coldplay vibe, making for a more mainstream-friendly sound and still fitting snugly into their ethereal style.

The video is undoubtedly one of their more spectacular visual efforts, with bright, powerful lights surrounding the band in an otherwise dark environment, as they’re backed by images of war and space, both of which also make up engaging scenes interspersed between the band’s performance shots. It’s generally a nice representation of the audio, with the harder, spikier guitar work visualised in the grittier war images, whilst the celestial nature of their music is encapsulated by the various galactic sights. Enjoyable audio-visual combination, and I’m looking forward to more ahead of that 11.11.11 album release date.

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Angels and Airwaves-Love Movie Trailer

They’ve been talking about doing a film since back in 2006, and it finally seems to be happening. Normally, you’d expect a band to put together some shoddy, low-budget film that probably just contains a few fart jokes: not here. Angels and Airwaves have always come across as an ‘all or nothing’ group, and this is firmly in the ‘all’ category as they release a stunning trailer for Love.

The effects and quality of the film are clear for all to see here, and the story seems to be driven by the parallel mindsets of being in a 19th century war and partaking in prolonged space exploration. Initially, they seem like two very different scenarios, but the deterioration of a person’s mental state can be found in both situation, and seemingly the premise of love will be the other common factor between the two, opposing the effects of isolation and bringing hope to the subjects.

The thematic tie-in with their music is clear, and hopefully the epic soundscapes they’ve delivered over the years will be put to good use here: they fit both scenarios, and could make for a fantastic soundtrack.

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Angels and Airwaves European Tour

To anyone who hasn’t seen them, I can’t recommend it enough: they put on a fantastic, well-rounded show that does their music real justice. Modlife members can get tickets tomorrow, whilst everyone else will have to wait until Saturday.

01/02/2011 – UK, Glasgow O2 ABC
02/02/2011 – UK, Manchester Academy
03/02/2011 – UK, Birmingham O2 Academy
04/02/2011 – UK, London Forum

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Clip Of A New Angels and Airwaves Song

This actually surfaced last week, but I held off on posting it in the hope something a little longer would emerge.

Sadly, that didn’t quite pan out but it’s still worth giving this a listen, even if it is only 17 seconds long! Despite it being so short, you can still get a relatively decent feel for the style of the track, and it sounds as if they’re continuing with the more upbeat feel of Love. Tom recently announced their next album is set for release on Valentine’s Day (mirroring their release of this year), along with their long-awaited motion picture, also titled Love.

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Hate Is The New Love: Mark Hoppus vs. Tom DeLonge

So, I’ve held off on doing one of these as I wanted to do a non-rap ‘beef’, but couldn’t think of one. I’m officially an idiot, as it was this very fallout that gave me some of my favourite music ever.

Seeing as Blink are back in the headlines for being confirmed as Reading/Leeds headliners, it seems even more appropriate to take this week’s HITNL in that direction. Amidst the joy of their reunion, many people don’t/didn’t really know the ugly history of the years between the Blink break-up and reunion. Click on for a little lot of info, and of course some tracks to enjoy from the fallout.

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Justification Throwback: Angels & Airwaves Part 1

I haven’t written a feature in a while, so let’s do one I’ve been thinking about for a while. Narrow-minded folk, go elsewhere, this isn’t for you. Go and put some mindless crap on repeat and have a nice evening.

Most of you will know I pretty much worship these guys. However, unless you know me quite well, you won’t know why. If you care, read on. If you don’t, I won’t hold it against you.

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Angels & Airwaves-Hallucinations Video

(As you all know by now, I’m a huge Angels fan, and react like a schoolgirl whenever they release anything new. Therefore, expect to find my usual objectivity replaced by blatant bias in the next paragraph)

Awesome video for a great song that I still find myself playing regularly. They’ve always been a band who use lighting effects really well (both at live shows and in videos), and this is definitely one of their best uses yet as the lighting really adds a futuristic and compelling element to the video. Nice fit to the track itself too (which can be swacked here, along with the rest of the album) and I’m pleased with the video/audio total package.

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Angels and Airwaves Release Third Album 'Love' For Free

How excited am I?!? Absolutely love (no pun intended) these guys to bits, and really looking forward to checking this out. I’m actually about to put it on right now, and can’t wait: it’s been over 2 years since their last album and I really enjoyed that, and of course their phenomenal debut album 18 months prior to that. Those of you who do like a bit of alternative, or are existing Angels fans, will be delighted to hear that this album is entirely free. There is a CD version planned too, but for now be sure to click the below link and check this out.

Everyone has that one band/artist that has such resonance with them, and make the good times better, or pull you up from the hard times: these guys are precisely that for me. The ethereal hope they offer is forever a source of brilliance. I think my love for these guys is heavily influenced by the fact their albums have usually coincided with memorable (for better or worse) points in my life, and I can’t wait for the latest batch of escapism!

Angels and Airwaves-Love

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Angels & Airwaves-Hallucinations

This pleases me hugely to be honest. I love Angels & Airwaves, and it’s superb to have some new music from them. It’s been over 2 years since the release of their last album, so forgive me if I’m a tad excited. This will be a far from neutral review.

This has that brilliantly distinct AVA sound, with the delayed guitars creating the dreamscapes and getting that anthemic feel that these guys are so good at making. The chorus is typically memorable, and it’s definitely becoming something they get right on a very consistent basis. The verses are also typical AVA, with extravagant emotional descriptions accompanied by the all-encompassing view DeLonge has no problem with expressing.

Really good track, and importantly it doesn’t stray from what they do best. I’m always harking on about how artists/bands should progress and evolve, but frankly I want these guys to stay like this forever! They’ve got exactly what I look for in alternative music nailed down to a tee: long may it continue.

Angels & Airwaves-Hallucinations

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Preview of New Angels and Airwaves Song

Preview of an upcoming Angels and Airwaves track from Love. My mouse is really playing up right now so it’s difficult type much unfortunately.

Having some minor luck with the mouse now, so here goes: Hallucinations sounds pretty decent. Doesn’t stray too far from their other stuff, but you can hear a little bit of difference.

Also, this is my 500th post. How should I celebrate?

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Angels & Airwaves: A Preview

I’m glad to finally have a reason to get some Angels and Airwaves up on here. A preview of a new track from them  surfaced a little while back, and can be foun after the click. For those of you who have heard of them, I expect you’re scurrying below right now. If you haven’t: They’re awesome.
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