EP: Angels & Airwaves – Chasing Shadows

Release Date: April 5th 2016
Label: To The Stars
Website: www.angelsandairwaves.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/angelsandairwaves
Twitter: www.twitter.com/avabandofficial


By now anyone at least mildly interested in pop-punk has probably heard about Tom DeLonge‘s (ex-Blink-182 guitarist and the only remaining original member of Angels & Airwaves) obsession with conspiracy theories. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the band’s latest EP is only a small part of a bigger multimedia project Sekret Machines (which also includes a 704-page long book and a documentary concerning UFOs, government secrets, and all sorts of conspiracy theory stuff).

This EP, ‘Chasing Shadows’, is meant to be a musical background for the book, however, there are only a few moments when it manages to create the mood that might be expected from such a record. The upbeat opener ‘Overload’ might not offer anything too innovative, yet it gets the listener into the mood for some energetic alt rock. DeLonge strums his guitar with a dedication that just makes one want to sing along, and Ilan Rubin‘s drumming shines through, adding even more vitality to this song.

The title-track also succeeds in creating a dreamy atmosphere, with its floating sound of synths and DeLonge‘s minimalist guitar work. However, the rest of the record fails to deliver. It all sounds too generic, and lacks both emotion and enthusiasm. Sonically there are few mildly interesting moments (for example, the very enjoyable space-rock synths) and Rubin‘s drumming is, as always, delightful, yet it’s not enough to save the album from sounding dull.

The lyrics don’t help either; they might make some sense to those who have actually read the accompanying book. However, if that’s not the case, the lyrical material just seems average and the content… well, vague.

Considering that ‘Chasing Shadows’ is supposed to be a soundtrack for the book, it succeeds in being acceptable background music. Otherwise, it’s just too boring and bland to be truly enjoyable.

Written by Raimonda Miķelsone (@_raimondaaa)