Angels and Airwaves, the alt-rock side project begun in 2005 by Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, has turned out to be much more than a side project. The band has released a total of four studio records since that time, their epic, atmospheric sound and poignant lyricism drawing a surprisingly large fan base without the support of major distribution.
Now, despite Blink-182’s highly publicized comeback in 2009, Angels and Airwaves continue to make music together. Today, the band releases a special double EP entitled Stomping the Phantom Brake Pedal—but it’s only available from the band’s website (for now).
Known from its inception as a band that favors its fans, A&A has made a point of reaching out directly to their fan base first, offering a special pre-order deluxe package of the EP set that has already sold out. (Guess their marketing techniques work.) The double EP itself is now available only as a digital download from the band’s website, but will be released to iTunes on January 9.
As a sneak peek, you can take a look below at the official video for “Diary”, the opening track on the first EP. Characteristic of A&A, the first 6 minutes of the song are instrumental only—but it captures the imagination. Take a look/listen, and if you want to hear more, don’t wait for the iTunes release—go over to the Angels and Airwaves website and get the rest of it.