I cannot sleep I cannot dream tonight
I don't think it gets stated enough, but Tom DeLonge is a true pioneer of his craft. I grew up on Blink-182 and revelled in the hysteria and adulation of Enema of the State and Take Off Your Pants and Jacket; in spite of my lack of enthusiasm for music at the time, DeLonge's vigour and cheeky humour certainly drew me into their music, where the albums eventually spoke for themselves. Angels & Airwaves on the other hand is a band I never really got into until five or so years ago.
It's been seven years since Angels & Airwaves released 'The Dream Walker', their fifth album. 10 tracks of synth driven alternative rock, it was both bombastic and ambitious: the record's songs tying in to a much wider, over-arching narrative spanning several mediums. To say a lot has happened in those seven years would be an understatement. Both on a personal level for founding member and frontman Tom DeLonge, but also on a much larger, global scale as well.