Tom DeLonge's Angels And Airwaves Get Experimental With New EP

(Radio.com) Angels & Airwaves are set to release their new 4-song ...Of Nightmares EP tomorrow (September 4) and it's one of the band's most experimental works to date.

The new disc serves as a companion to Poet Anderson ´┐ŻOf Nightmares, the first of three Poet Anderson novels by Tom DeLonge and New York Times best-selling young-adult fiction author Suzanne Young.

Before DeLonge's much talked about split from Blink-182, he had been working feverishly on "four major franchises" one of which is Poet Anderson; a multi-media adventure about the connection between dreams and consciousness, with a lead character inspired by his own 9 year old son Jonas.

Following last December's release of the award-winning animated short film, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, DeLonge delivered the full-length The Dream Walker album, followed shortly thereafter by the comic book series of the same name. Now, with the release of the first novel set for October 6, his band Angels & Airwaves are giving fans something to listen to as they read along.

"The book was going to come out as an enhanced novel where you can listen to the music as you read," DeLonge tells Radio.com. "So we needed music that wasn't going to distract you, but we also wanted this to be an EP where we weren't going in just to write completely normal songs. We wanted music to be experimental and artistic."

Speaking about how the EP's tracks came together, DeLonge explains that each song began as a single sound--something that inspired the rest of the melody--something that served as the initial building block. "It was always something small, some little beeping synth thing," says DeLonge. "This was definitely exploration in the studio. It wasn't going in and hammering out ideas that were already in mind." As an example, the song "Home," which DeLonge jokes as having the "worst title ever," was inspired by a hypnotic droning sound that he saw at an art installation. He notes the sound "always resonated with me." Read more here.

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