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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 24, 2021
RecordedApril 2018 – April 2021
  • Bunker of Brilliance, Los Angeles
  • Jupiter Sound, Encinitas
  • Signature Sound, San Diego
  • Singing Serpent, San Diego
  • The Hit Lair, San Diego
  • Angels & Airwaves
  • Aaron Rubin
Angels & Airwaves chronology
We Don't Need to Whisper Acoustic – EP
Angels & Airwaves studio album chronology
The Dream Walker
Singles from Lifeforms
  1. "Rebel Girl"
    Released: April 30, 2019
  2. "Euphoria"
    Released: May 19, 2021
  3. "Restless Souls"
    Released: June 15, 2021
  4. "Losing My Mind"
    Released: July 29, 2021
  5. "Spellbound"
    Released: September 8, 2021

Lifeforms is the sixth studio album by American alternative rock band Angels & Airwaves. The album was released on September 24, 2021, and marks the longest gap between albums for the band following 2014's The Dream Walker. It is also the band's first album with bassist Matt Rubano, who replaced Matt Wachter in 2019.[5][6] The album also marks the return of guitarist David Kennedy, who last appeared on 2011's Love: Part Two.

Lifeforms was a conscious effort by the band's frontman, Tom DeLonge, to return to the band's earlier sound, while also incorporating elements of punk rock and post-hardcore. To do this, the band put a higher emphasis on the guitar parts to give the album a more "rebellious and emotional connection" to listeners.[7] It was recorded over the span of three years, beginning in April 2018.

The album has been promoted by five official singles; "Rebel Girl, "Euphoria", "Restless Souls", "Losing My Mind", and "Spellbound". Promotional singles "Kiss & Tell" and "Timebomb" were also released prior to the album.


Angels & Airwaves frontman, Tom DeLonge, is known to be a believer in aliens, UFOs, and conspiracy theories since his youth, long before starting his music career.[8] In the early 2010s, he began to build a network of well-known government officials with his company, To the Stars, in order to further study these topics. Some of these officials have included former military counter-intelligence officer Luis Elizondo, who directed the Defense Intelligence Agency's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program,[9] and Christopher Mellon, former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Due to this work, DeLonge began to focus more on the growth and research done by his company, as well as partnering with multiple authors to release numerous books, which resulted in him taking an extended leave from his music career, and making his second exit from his previous band, Blink-182.[10][11][12]

In between The Dream Walker and Lifeforms, Angels & Airwaves went from being a quartet to a duo, including only Delonge and Ilan Rubin. In that time, the band released three EPs and a collection of demos from The Dream Walker. Specifically in 2015, DeLonge revealed that he had planned to release two Angels & Airwaves albums, two solo albums, and fifteen novels, but by the end of the year he had only delivered on his solo album, To the Stars... Demos, Odds and Ends, and the band's EP, ...Of Nightmares.[13] In 2017, DeLonge also began to detail plans for a film titled Strange Times that was expected to feature music from a new album by the band. DeLonge was set to also direct the film, but by December 2018, it was revealed that the film was now planned to be a television series being adapted by TBS, and that DeLonge would be acting as a producer instead.[14][15]

In the following years though, To the Stars began to become a very credible source for research on UFOs after it released a group of US military videos capturing what DeLonge refers to as "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" in 2017, which were then declassified by the Pentagon in 2019, and confirmed by the military as authentic.[16] Much of this research was filmed for the History Channel series Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation, which DeLonge stars in and was an executive producer of.[17] Shortly after, the military confirmed that they had begun a partnership with the company to continue research on the topic.[18]


With the continued growth of To the Stars, DeLonge began to make a more consistent return to his music career in 2018, beginning with the return of David Kennedy and Matt Wachter to the band. However, when the band released Lifeforms' first single, "Rebel Girl" the following year, the lineup consisted of only DeLonge, Kennedy, and Rubin, with no explanation given for why Wachter was absent.[19][20] Having gone on tour with Taking Back Sunday while he was still in Blink-182, DeLonge recruited Matt Rubano for the band's 2019 US concert tour as a touring bassist.[6] Shortly after the end of the tour, Rubano began appearing in the band's music videos, and along with Instagram posts by DeLonge of Rubano writing and recording with the band, it was confirmed that he was now an official member.

Lifeforms saw repeated delays for its release date, mostly attributed to the albums recording process. Initially planned for a summer 2019 release, it was delayed by two years, as the band continued to write and record new songs. Recording for the album had initially been completed before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the band chose to rework the album's composition, as DeLonge wanted to create an album “without using all of those same old tricks that I have in the toolbox”. DeLonge had also become frustrated with the lack of rock in mainstream music, and wanted to take heavier inspiration from music styles he listened to and played in his youth.

“Some bands start out super punk, then mellow [out] as they get older. They want to play music that’s more like what they listen to [to relax] at home. This band started out atmospheric, though, so it made sense to go more raw and more edgy. It felt like to push the Angels & Airwaves’ boundaries literally meant to go back in time! So much music nowadays has turned into pop. ‘Alt’ has literally become dance music. I’m used to punk rock bands having a meaning. We made music because we had something we had to get off our chests. Some bands wanted to be political. Some bands wanted to break something. Some bands, like blink, wrote ‘nursery rhymes on meth’ because we all came from broken homes and we wanted to be funny, fast and energetic to get us out of there. I wanted to bring back that soul.” - Tom DeLonge [1]

Unlike many of the band's previous releases, Lifeforms' demoing process was almost entirely done digitally. In an interview with Guitar World, DeLonge stated that this approach allowed the band to "move really fast when we’re doing the demo songwriting process". Each of the band members would begin building their own demos and hand them off to Rubin, who would take them and make his own adjustments before the actual recording process began. This allowed the band to be more collaborative in their writing, and feel more satisfied with the final product.[21]

Over the course of Lifeforms' recording process, DeLonge regularly made posts to his social media profiles teasing clip of song demos, and other members recording. Many of these teasers included comparisons to DeLonge and Kennedy's former band, Box Car Racer, which has often been seen as the precursor to Angels & Airwaves. While Box Car Racer has been seen as having a more post-hardcore inspired sound compared to Angels & Airwaves, many critics felt that the album's second single, "Euphoria" delivered on these promises.[22] Another pre-release song, "Kiss & Tell" was also compared to a style similar to The Beach Boys.[23]


Some of the themes addressed on Lifeforms include social interaction, conspiracy theories, and understanding the existence of the human race. Many of these themes took heavy inspiration from DeLonge's work with To the Stars and his divorce from his wife of 18 years.[24] In a press statement on the album, DeLonge stated "This album for me is a journey through different relationships, different points of view, and how we each have our own life path".[5] DeLonge would detail the album's theme's more in an interview with Kerrang:

“We have so many lifeforms which are interacting with us which we don’t even know about. Not just UFOs, but things like ghosts and Bigfoot, too. The universe is basically this one giant mind – like the mind of God – with trillions of stacked frequencies of thought. Not linear, parallel: past, present and future all existing right now. But there’s a duality there, too, like the concept of The Force in Star Wars, where there’s Light and Dark. Matter and antimatter stacked on top of each other. Every particle has its counter particle. Protons, electrons, neutrons, whatever…”[1]

Unlike the band's previous releases, Lifeforms also addresses a number of political topics, such as gun violence and racial inequalities in the United States. While speaking to NME, DeLonge stated that these are topics that he normally avoids when writing music, but felt that it was important to in order to be more truthful and authentic in his song writing.[7]


The majority of songs from Lifeforms were released ahead of the album, with a handful of said songs coming out prior to the album's announcement. "Rebel Girl" was released as its lead single in April 2019, and was accompanied by the announcement that the band had moved to Rise Records, and that they would be touring that summer.[6][20] To support the tour, "Kiss & Tell" was released that summer, but DeLonge confirmed that it was not an official single, and released for promotional purposes.[23][25] The album's second single, "Euphoria", was announced on May 19, 2021, just a few days after the band revealed their new fan community, The Empire Club.[26][27] The album was officially announced on June 15, 2021, with a release date of September 24, 2021. The band announced the album by launching a renewable hydrogen capsule into space that played a preview of the album's opening track, "Timebomb", and revealed the band's 2021-2022 world tour.[28][29] An additional song, "Restless Souls" was released along with the album's announcement.[30]

Prior to the tour, the band released the album's fourth single "Losing My Mind", along with a corresponding music video featuring TikTok star, Rampage, and a character named "Disco" played by DeLonge. Disco is said to be the older brother of Boomer, a character that DeLonge played in the music video for the Blink-182 song, "First Date". A director's cut of the video was also released on the band's website.[31][32]

Additional songs, "Spellbound" and "Timebomb" were released on September 8 and September 22 respectively, with an accompanying music video coming out for the former.[33]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[35]
Classic Rock3/5 stars[34]
DIY3/5 stars[37]
NME4/5 stars[3]
Wall of Sound8/10[39]

Lifeforms received mainly positive reviews from music critics. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album has so far received an average score of 80, based on 7 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[34]

Many reviews praised the album for its ambitious sound compared to the band's previous work, and felt that it still delivered their classic style. Jake Richardson of Kerrang! gave the album 4 out of 5, calling the album "the perfect musical companion to an evening spent looking at the starry night's sky". He specifically praised Delonge's vocals, calling them "invigorated and on fine form".[2] Ali Shutler of NME also gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, specifically pointing out the band's shift in theming to address more political topics.[3] Wall of Sound's Paul 'Browny' Brown scored Lifeforms 8/10 stating it was a "safe, yet daring (at times) approach, combining signature styles with old-school inspirations..."[40]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Tom DeLonge, Ilan Rubin, Aaron Rubin, and Matt Rubano, except where noted.

1."Timebomb" 3:58
2."Euphoria" 4:24
3."Spellbound"DeLonge, I. Rubin, A. Rubin4:17
4."No More Guns" 2:40
5."Losing My Mind" 3:52
6."Automatic" 3:23
7."Restless Souls" 3:47
8."Rebel Girl"DeLonge, I. Rubin, A. Rubin3:46
9."A Fire in a Nameless Town" 3:33
10."Kiss & Tell"DeLonge, I. Rubin, A. Rubin4:08
Total length:37:48
Japanese bonus track
11."All That's Left Is Love"DeLonge, I. Rubin, A. Rubin4:05
Total length:41:53



Chart performance for Lifeforms
Chart (2021)Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[45]40
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[46]191
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[47]94
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[48]14
Scottish Albums (OCC)[49]6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[50]80
UK Albums (OCC)[51]17
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[52]3
US Billboard 200[53]36
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[54]5
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[55]4
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[56]3


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Allgemeine Informationen
HerkunftSan Diego, Kalifornien, Vereinigte Staaten
Genre(s)Alternative Rock
Tom DeLonge
David Kennedy
Adam Willard (bis 2011)
Ryan Sinn (bis 2007)
Aktuelle Besetzung
Tom DeLonge
David Kennedy
Schlagzeug, Perkussion
Ilan Rubin (seit 2011)
Matthew Rubano (seit 2019)
Ehemalige Mitglieder
Matthew Wachter (2007–2014)
Eddie Breckenridge (2014)

Angels & Airwaves (auch AAA, A&A, AVA oder AvA) ist eine US-amerikanische Rock-Band, die vor allem durch Tom DeLonge, den ehemaligen Gitarristen und Sänger der Band blink-182, bekannt ist.


Nachdem es während und nach der letzten Tour von blink-182 in Europa zu Streitigkeiten mit den anderen Bandmitgliedern kam, weil DeLonge die bevorstehende US-Tour absagte, um mehr Zeit mit seiner Familie zu verbringen, verließ dieser schließlich blink-182 und gründete Angels & Airwaves. In seiner neuen Band schlug er musikalisch und textlich völlig neue Wege ein und betrachtete das erste Album der neuen Formation als „die beste Musik, die ich jemals gemacht habe“.

Die Musikrichtung von Angels & Airwaves ist laut Bandaussage eine Mischung aus U2, Box Car Racer (in der Tom DeLonge und David Kennedy ebenfalls spielten), The Ataris, Coldplay und eben blink-182. Die Songtexte sind episch und behandeln auch das Thema Krieg („The War“). Tom beschrieb die Musik so: “The music feels like you're going to cry but you put your fist in the air and you can conquer the world…” (deutsch: „Die Musik hört sich so an, als ob man den Tränen nahe sei, aber man seine Faust in die Höhe stößt und die Welt erobern kann …“) Der Band geht es nicht nur darum, Musik zu machen, sondern auch darum, den Menschen eine Botschaft zu vermitteln. Tom DeLonge beschrieb sein neues Musikprojekt folgendermaßen: “The overall message that’s clear on every AVA song is that tomorrow could be the best day of your life.” (deutsch: „Die Botschaft, die in jedem Angels & Airwaves Song klar wiedergefunden werden kann, ist, dass morgen der beste Tag deines Lebens sein könnte.“)

Schon einige Monate vor Erscheinen des Debütalbums We Don’t Need to Whisper wurden erste Songs und Musikvideos im Internet veröffentlicht, später konnte man sich auf einer Website sogar das komplette Album anhören. Bis zum Verkaufsstart musste sich die deutsche Fangemeinde jedoch etwas länger gedulden, er wurde in Deutschland auf den 30. Juni 2006 gesetzt, statt auf den 23. Mai 2006, wie in den meisten anderen Ländern. Die erste Singleauskopplung des Albums war „The Adventure“. Das zugehörige Video wurde zum ersten Mal bereits am 7. April 2006 im Internet vom Musiksender MTV veröffentlicht.

Im April 2007 verließ Ryan Sinn wegen „anderer Ziele und Vorstellungen“ die Band. An seiner Stelle ist nun Matt Wachter, der zuvor bei 30 Seconds to Mars spielte. Ab Januar 2007 waren Angels & Airwaves dann wieder für ihr zweites Album I-Empire im Studio. Das Album erschien in Deutschland am 2. November 2007. Am 17. Juni 2008 erschien unter dem Titel Start the Machine eine Dokumentation über die Band auf DVD.

Im Januar 2009 begann die vierköpfige Band im Studio mit den Aufnahmen ihres dritten Albums. Am 18. Juni 2009 gab Tom DeLonge den Namen für das neue Album bekannt: Love. Das Album ist als kostenloser Download seit dem 14. Februar 2010 auf der Bandwebsite erhältlich und wurde innerhalb von 48 Stunden 500.000 mal heruntergeladen. Der gleichnamige Science-Fiction-Film feierte am 2. Februar 2011 beim 26. jährlichen Santa Barbara International Film Festival Premiere. Er soll zusammen mit einer Fortsetzung des Studio-Albums Love, genannt: Love: Part II erscheinen. Der Song Epic Holiday, des Albums wurde zudem als Filmmusik der deutschen Komödie Kokowääh verwendet.

Am 4. Oktober 2011 gab Adam Willard seinen Ausstieg aus bisher unbekannten Gründen aus der Band bekannt. Auf dem kommenden Album Love: Part Two ist er noch am Schlagzeug zu hören. Am 20. Oktober 2011 wurde bekannt gegeben, dass Ilan Rubin, vormals aktiv bei Lostprophets und Nine Inch Nails, den Platz am Schlagzeug einnehmen wird.[1]

Am 24. Juni 2014 wurde der Ausstieg von Matt Wachter bekanntgegeben, der die Band verließ um sich auf seine Familie zu konzentrieren. Tom DeLonge erklärte bei Facebook, dass sie immer noch enge Freunde sind und Matt eines Tages vielleicht wieder zur Band stoßen wird. Am 8. Juli 2014 bestätigte DeLonge auf seiner Facebook-Seite, dass Ed Breckinridge (Bassist bei Thrice) der neue Bassist sei. Nach Angabe von Breckenridge bestand die Zusammenarbeit aber lediglich aus einer Videoproduktion 2014, keinen gemeinsamen Studio- oder Liveshows. Anschließend habe er nichts mehr von der Band gehört und spielt seit 2015 wieder bei Thrice.[2]

Im April 2018 gab DeLonge bekannt, dass David Kennedy und Matt Wachter der Band wieder beitraten und am neuen Album mitwirken würden[3]. Ein Jahr darauf unterschrieb die Band einen Vertrag mit dem Musiklabel Rise Records[4]. Am 30. April 2019 wurde die Single Rebel Girl veröffentlicht. Wachter wurde kurz darauf nicht mehr als Bandmitglied aufgeführt, was öffentlich aber nicht näher begründet wurde. Nach dem ersten Live-Auftritt in sieben Jahren erschien die Single Kiss & Tell am 29. August desselben Jahres[5]. Im Zuge der COVID-19-Pandemie in den Vereinigten Staaten schrieb die Band den Song All That's Left Is Love, der am 16. April 2020 veröffentlicht wurde.[6]

Am 15. Juni 2021 kündigte Angels & Airwaves offiziell das neue Album Lifeforms, mit Veröffentlichungsdatum für den 24. September 2021, an. Am gleichen Tag wurde mit Restless Souls eine weitere Single aus diesem Album veröffentlicht.[7]


Die aktuellen und ehemaligen Mitglieder von Angels & Airwaves sind bzw. waren allesamt Musiker aus anderen bekannten Gruppen:


  • Als die Band ihr Equipment aufbaute und das Mikrofon testen wollte, sagte DeLonge: “We don’t need to whisper” (deutsch: „Wir brauchen nicht zu flüstern“). Die Band dachte über den Satz nach und nutzte ihn letztlich als Albumtitel.
  • Das „V“ im Logo der Band ist das mathematische Zeichen für „oder“ und ergibt somit den Namen von DeLonges Tochter Ava.
  • Das Album We Don’t Need to Whisper verkaufte sich über 1,5 Mio. mal.
  • Auf dem Soundtrack zum Film Keinohrhasen sind die Stücke Lifeline und Everything’s Magic von Angels & Airwaves vertreten.
  • Angels & Airwaves schließen den Kreis der beiden Alben We Don’t Need to Whisper und I-Empire mit dem Ende des letzten Songs „Heaven“ auf I-Empire. Dieser endet mit der bekannten Melodie des ersten Songs von We Don’t Need to Whisper, „Valkyrie Missile“.
  • Während das erste Album We Don’t Need to Whisper kurz in der neunten Folge der sechsten Staffel von One Tree Hill zu sehen ist, haben sie in der zehnten Folge einen Liveauftritt.
  • Der erste Track aus dem Soundtrack zum Film Kokowääh ist Epic Holiday aus dem dritten und kostenlosen Album Love.
  • Der Song Surrender ist einer der offiziellen Themesongs zum WWE-Pay-Per-View Wrestlemania 29.


Erklärung der Daten
We Don’t Need to Whisper
 DE1814.07.2006(8 Wo.)
 AT3014.07.2006(8 Wo.)
03.06.2006(4 Wo.)
10.06.2006(20 Wo.)
 DE7716.11.2007(1 Wo.)
 UK2917.11.2007(2 Wo.)
 US924.11.2007(13 Wo.)
 US6719.11.2011(1 Wo.)
Love: Part Two
 US3019.11.2011(2 Wo.)
Love: Part One & Two
 DE5425.11.2011(1 Wo.)
 AT6725.11.2011(1 Wo.)
 US4319.11.2011(3 Wo.)
Stomping the Phantom Brake Pedal EP
 US17826.01.2013(1 Wo.)
The Dream Walker
 UK9420.12.2014(1 Wo.)
 US3927.12.2014(1 Wo.)
Chasing Shadows EP
 US10930.04.2016(1 Wo.)
 DE1401.10.2021(1 Wo.)
 AT4008.10.2021(1 Wo.)
 CH8003.10.2021(1 Wo.)
 UK1707.10.2021(1 Wo.)
 US3609.10.2021(1 Wo.)
The Adventure
 DE8221.07.2006(5 Wo.)
 UK2020.05.2006(4 Wo.)
 US5513.05.2006(14 Wo.)
It Hurts
 UK5905.08.2006(1 Wo.)



  • 2012: Stomping the Phantom Brake Pedal
  • 2015: ...Of Nightmares
  • 2016: Chasing Shadows
  • 2017: We Don’t Need to Whisper Acoustic


We Don’t Need to Whisper

  • 2006: The Adventure
  • 2006: Do It for Me Now
  • 2006: It Hurts
  • 2006: The War


  • 2007: Everything’s Magic
  • 2008: Secret Crowds
  • 2008: Breathe


  • 2009: Hallucinations (Gratisdownload)

Love: Part II

  • 2011: Anxiety
  • 2011: Surrender

The Dream Walker

  • 2014: Paralyzed
  • 2014: The Wolfpack
  • 2014: Bullets in the Wind
  • 2014: Tunnels


  • 2019: Rebel Girl
  • 2019: Kiss & Tell
  • 2021: Euphoria
  • 2021: Restless Souls
  • 2021: Losing My Mind

Ohne Album

  • 2020: All That’s Left Is Love


  • 2006: Star of Bethlehem/True Love (Album Kevin and Bean Christmas)
  • 2008: Start the Machine (Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2011: Love (Kinofilm)


Commons: Angels and Airwaves – Sammlung von Bildern, Videos und Audiodateien


  1. (Memento vom 1. Januar 2012 im Internet Archive)
  3. [1] Instagram-Account Tom DeLonge
  4. [2] Twitteraccount Rise Records
  5. Angels & Airwaves Release Beach Boys-Inspired Single ‘Kiss and Tell’ In: Rolling Stone, 29. August 2019
  6. Angels & Airwaves veröffentlichen ihren Song „All That's Left Is Love“ In: morecore. Abgerufen am 4. Mai 2020.
  7. Angels & Airwaves: Neues Album, neue Single und neue Tour, abgerufen am 28. Juni 2021
  8. Bass Magazine: Angels & Airwaves Release New Single With Matt Rubano on Bass. Abgerufen am 6. Oktober 2019 (amerikanisches Englisch).
  9. a b Chartquellen: DE AT UK US
  10. Auszeichnungen für Musikverkäufe: US UK


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