Angels And Airwaves We Don't Need To Whisper on 2LP
In early 2005, with Blink-182 on a break, Tom DeLonge came to a crossroads. Rather than do a solo album or another version of his well-reviewed side project, Box Car Racer, DeLonge decided to start a new band. He recruited Box Car Racer guitarist David Kennedy, bassist Ryan Sinn (formerly of the Distillers), and drum god Atom Willard (previously of Rocket from the Crypt and the Offspring) to form Angels & Airwaves.
2006 debut album, We Don't Need to Whisper, named after the first phrase DeLonge said into a microphone when sessions began, isn't the pop-punk hard candy that fans might expect from DeLonge. It mixes guitars and electronics on the epic scale of U2 or Peter Gabriel and the album tells a cohesive story, from the album's epic opening track, "Valkyrie Missile" through to closer "Start the Machine."
DeLonge wasn't shy about the project's ambitions either. "This is not a side project," he says. "If you liked anything that I did in the past, this is very much the next step. The magic of Blink-182 was that the three of us came together to create this amazing band. But now there's no holds barred. I get to be me completely with a new group of talented musicians. We are on a different intensity level with this record..."