Tom DeLonge isn't crazy. He's just super-psyched about his new band, Angels & Airwaves.
And he doesn't care who knows it, which is why — on the day A&A's debut album, We Don't Need to Whisper, hits stores — he's turned into a human quote-machine, delivering head-scratching gems like this one:
"When we were making this record, I remember one night, it was about 2 a.m. and I went into the studio — which was in my house — and it was pitch black and I put the record on and listened to it, and I had this overwhelming rush of emotions," he said. "I was like, 'Oh my God, this is going to be huge,' and I started having these panic attacks thinking about every country in the world wanting us there multiple times. Conquering the globe is a pretty large endeavor."
You can't blame the dude for being excited. After all, Whisper has been an endeavor almost a year in the making (see "Tom DeLonge Breaking Silence On Blink With Autobiographical LP, Movie"), and in the time since he first announced he was starting the record, he's been peppering the media with statements of its sheer awesomeness (see "Tom DeLonge Spills More About Angels & Airwaves' Plans For World Domination"). And now his fans will be able to have a listen.
"People ask me, 'Is this the next Box Car Racer album?,' and I say, 'Kind of.' And people ask me if this is the next Blink record, and I say, 'Kind of.' But it's also the beginning of something completely new," DeLonge laughed. "This band contains an inner energy and a spiritual awakening that's kind of magical. And it's so full of positive energy that I think that whoever comes to the shows or listens to the album and wants to become a part of it, it will happen to them. I think it's going to be a sort of magical, organic thing that happens with anybody that is willing to have that kind of feeling in their life."
A&A made their worldwide debut in April at the Glass House in Pomona, California (see "Tom DeLonge Addresses Blink With A Song At First A&A Show"), and next month they'll launch an assault on the arenas of America alongside Taking Back Sunday (see "Taking Back Sunday, Angels & Airwaves Announce Tour Dates").
So what can fans expect when they come to an Angels show? Well, given that we're asking Tom DeLonge, you probably can guess the answer.
"These shows have been incredible. ... They're so much different than Blink shows," he said. "They're anthemic and heroic. There's a huge group of people coming to feel the exact same thing at the exact same minute. And it really feels like an ascension to heaven. People are lifting off the ground. There are people crying, and there are these battle flags flying in the wind. It's incredible."