I thought they were really good. Here is my review:
It is my moral obligation to inform you that last night I went to see Angels And Airwaves (the new band featuring Tom DeLonge from Blink 182) at the Astoria yesterday. They were good. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I prefer his new music as opposed to the childish rubbish which Blink 182 were known to bash out on a regular basis. For those of you who know me, you already know that I prefer my music to be mature in terms of its outlook towards philosophy and life. I guess this is why I latched on to Angels and Airwaves' music, with Tom DeLonge's message still running through my head at this time in the morning...
"We can be whoever we want to be" .
I don't know if the path Tom has chosen to follow will yield longlasting rewards, but the messiahnic qualities which he now possesses will most definitely ensure to elevate his musical output from the standard genre bearers. And maybe... maybe we need a band like Angels and Airwaves more than ever. Maybe, now that pop and rock music have intertwined to form disposable garbage, we need a mainstream band to remind us of the serious issues facing humanity and the rest of the world.
That isn't to say that Tom DeLonge is a different person from what he appears to be on record. He still retains much of the trademark humour which made him so endearing when he was in Blink 182. And despite the serious overtones of his recent musical output, he still went out of his was to remind his fans that although he has a more mature outlook towards life, he hasn't really changed. And I think that is why we still love him. And sure, the band itself consists of a Whos Who of rock music, but if there was ever a band who needed to say something worth saying... than surely it's Angels And Airwaves.
Whilst some of the band's gestures may have come across as being overly contrived, it is worth mentioning that despite the relentless preaching within the music, Angels And Airwaves are an accomplished band worthy of your serious consideration. And whilst the band played a really good show, only time will tell if they happen to have a serious impact on our contemporary mode of thinking. And for that, Tom still faces an uphill struggle...
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