Tom DeLonge was recently interviewed by Pop&Rock in the Czech Republic, and he discussed listening to Blink-182’s albums with Matt Skiba.
Question: Have you listened to blink-182’s new material after leaving the band?
Answer: Not really. I knew when they released something, sometimes I heard a song on the radio, but it was hard for me. When I happened to listen to it, I always kept thinking that this was the band I started, but suddenly it’s their business, not mine anymore. I couldn’t just listen to it and enjoy the music. It’s like divorcing a woman and then watching her kiss a stranger. I wasn’t jealous, in fact I always felt like I was the one slowing down the band because I wanted to do a lot of other things in life than just playing a bunch of old songs every night on tour. I wanted them to play and write new music, but I wasn’t actively looking for it in any way. It’s a very emotional thing for me. But I’ve made that decision and I stand by it.
Tom Delonge recently told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe about Angels & Airwaves’ Forthcoming Sixth Studio Album ‘Lifeforms.’
“So basically when I started Angels and Airwaves, I wanted to take themes that I was passionate about. A lot of things to do with consciousness and so on and I wanted to be able to communicate them in ways where like, “Hey, maybe the album is like a business card.” Like you said, you hear the music and you go, “I like that, what are these guys about?” Oh, they did this book, or they did this film too,” and it all speaks to the same thing in different ways.
But each one can live on their own. Now that was really hard to do. We did an art house kind of indie film before, and it took us a few years to pull that off. But this one is basically like, the film called ‘Monsters of California’, it comes out with Lifeforms album. That’s like a way mainstream thing, this like an edgy kind of thing. And it’s funny, and it’s adventurous and whatever, but when you put them together, the whole lifeforms concept really goes along with what a lot of people know of the work that I’ve done with my company, and the people and the government in the sense of where we think our interactions, and who we are, and where we’re going as humanity, we tend to think it’s about our interactions with each other or who we love, and who we work with and whatever. And so, we kind of go, “Okay, that’s what human life’s all about.”