So, one exam down. I am a mere 4 exams away from freedom.
I guess having 4 is better than having 5, but the more I look at the number four I realize there is nothing fantastic about it.
I have another exam tonight and need to go start studying for that ASAP, but couldn’t help to read (for the tenth time) Blink-182‘s front man making musical prophecies and statements that far exceed his own talent. Now, don’t get me wrong, Blink-182 was an enjoyable band to listen to and were entertaining to say the least…But have any of you been reading the things that (now guitarless and piercingless) Tom DeLonge has been saying about his (yet another) new project Angels and Airwaves?
“The best music made in decades.”
“It sounds like it has the conceptual depth of Pink Floyd, the anthemic architecture of U2- but with Tom from Blink writing all the melodies. All the songs are very cinematic, anthemic and epic-sounding. The music sounds angelic. Every song gives you the chills and you feel like you want to cry but you’re conquering the world at the same time. It sounds like stadium rock done by a band that’s meant to be the absolute biggest band in the world.”
“The songs are all six minutes long, and [the music] feels like you’re going to cry but you put your fist in the air and you can conquer the world… It’s built on a punk-rock foundation, but it definitely doesn’t sound like Blink.”
“Imagine if you were in a jet plane, soaring through the clouds. That’s what it sounds like.”
That, my friends, is some damn fine self proclamation. Now, typically I would just shrug this sort of thing off and not say anything but I’ve read quote after quote from DeLonge and have to get your opinions. So, with that being said I (and you) just had to see how music derived from a main creative force in Blink-182 could be so incredible.
Maybe this is all a publicity stunt? Maybe the Blink feud is going to be fought with rivaling record sales? I’m not sure, but see if you think that this is the best music you’ve heard in decades.
Sure, I easily think that music sounds a little better than Blink. But do I think it sounds all that different? Not so much. Changing the length of your tracks, from 3 minutes to 6 minutes, doesn’t necessarily add to the greatness of a song. However, the music is better and the sound is stronger, but it’s hard to claim it as “the best music in decades.” The record is coming out in late May and tickets to various Airwaves shows are selling like hotcakes.
At the end of the day, people are still going to hear DeLonge’s voice and think, “Hey, it’s Blink!” I think DeLonge’s strive to be different is appreciated, but all in all it’s those definitive late 90s punk-pop vocals that register with so many listeners and will haunt him to his various projects that don’t share the Blink surname.