Angels and Airwaves – Surrender Taken from their fourth studio album, “Love Part One & Two”, Angels

and Airwaves, comprised of Tom DeLonge, of Blink 182 fame; bass player Matt Watcher, formerly of 30 Seconds to Mars; guitarist David Kennedy, ex Box Car Racer; and Ilan Rubin, former member of Lost Prophets and NIN, on drums, “Surrender” is the band’s latest single, due for release on April 16th. Having been around during the band’s earliest exploits, seeing them perform their brand of grandiose, stadium filling, melodic rock, in support of bands like the Foo Fighters, and performing on the bill at Reading Festival, it’s hard to hear any form of musical progression in this latest release. “Surrender” has all of the same dynamics of the band’s previous releases, with the basis of the song centred on a twee hook that’s supported by a driven and chunky, four chord guitar progression. In addition, the typical Angels and Airwaves brand of relatively simple vocal orchestration, that sounds more preachy than expressive, is also there, along with a seemingly explosive load of drums that sound like they are just on the brink of detonation before they are snuffed out by a dollop of compression. Nonetheless, and regardless of any preconceptions that one may have about Tom DeLonge and his sustained efforts to make his “art project” work, “Surrender” is intrusively catchy, working its way into the listener with an interplay of melody that breaks down any resistance the listener may have. Because of this, Tom DeLonge deserves some praise, and a little bit of love. During the hiatus from Blink 182 in 2005, he became enemy number one, largely within his own set of fans, with shows at Reading Festival, amongst others receiving quite a hostile response. Regardless, he stuck with the program and 7 years on he is still releasing music under the banner of Angels and Airwaves, built on much of the same foundations, whilst the same people that previously castigated him are once again paying to see his shows. Perhaps “Surrender” is a nod to Cheap Trick’s wonderful pop rock song of the same name, from 1978, but it’s most unlikely, and besides, DeLonge’s preachy lyrics seem to have missed the obvious point of a great pop song: keep it simple, keep it catchy and the kids will sing along. Nonetheless, it’s hardly offensive and should make for a pleasurable summertime listen. Surrender is released in the UK on April 16th. Taken from their fourth studio album, “Love Part One & Two”, Angels & Airwaves' latest single, “Surrender” is due for release on April 16th. Comprised of Tom DeLonge, of Blink 182 fame; bass player Matt Watcher, formerly of 30 Seconds to Mars; guitarist David Kennedy, ex Box Car Racer; and Ilan Rubin, former member of Lost Prophets and NIN, on drums, Angels & Airwaves have a line-up of musicians from some of biggest stadium-filling bands of the past 15 years. Having been around during Angels & Airwaves' earliest exploits, seeing them perform their brand of grandiose, stadiumfilling, melodic rock, in support to bands like the Foo Fighters, along with performances on the bill at Reading Festival, it’s hard to hear any form of musical progression in this latest release. “Surrender” has all of the same dynamics of the band’s previous releases, with the basis of the song centred on a twee hook that’s supported by a driven and chunky, four chord guitar progression. In addition, the typical Angels and Airwaves brand of relatively simple vocal orchestration, that sounds more preachy than expressive, is also present, along with a seemingly explosive load of drums that sound like they are just on the brink of detonation, before they are snuffed out by a dollop of compression. Nonetheless, and regardless of any preconceptions that one may have about Tom DeLonge and his sustained efforts to make his “art project” work, “Surrender” is intrusively catchy, working its way into the listener with an interplay of melody that breaks down any resistance they may have. Because of this, Tom DeLonge deserves some praise, and a little bit of love. During the hiatus from Blink 182 in 2005, he became enemy number one, largely within his own set of fans, with shows at Reading Festival, amongst others receiving quite a hostile response. Regardless, he stuck with the program and 7 years on he is still releasing music under the banner of Angels and Airwaves, built on much of the same foundations, whilst the same people that previously castigated him, are once again paying to see his shows. Perhaps “Surrender” is a nod to Cheap Trick’s 1978 pop rock song of the same name, but it’s most unlikely, and besides, DeLonge’s preachy lyrics seem to have missed the obvious point of a great pop song: keep it simple, keep it catchy and the kids will sing along. Nonetheless, it’s hardly offensive and should make for a pleasurable summertime listen. Surrender is released in the UK on April 16th.