Angels & Airwaves welcome us to their new world with latest offering, Rebel Girl.
The return of Angels & Airwaves is long overdue. Three years since their last release, the band are back with a new addition to their illustrious and innovative discography. Famous for their anthemic, space age, arena-rock, the music and art that the band produce is incomparable to anything/anyone else, with not only an album on the horizon but a feature film too. Rebel Girl is the first offering from the three-piece and could well be chapter-defining.
Immediately, as expected, the atmosphere created by this song – even during its opening notes – is world-building, so much so that you feel lost. Awash with nostalgia, this song opens with what can only be described as an 80s feel with an opening riff that is youthful and hopeful. This opening really lays the foundations of the track before THOSE vocals are introduced. Taking control of the song in the way only he could, Tom DeLonge’s iconic voice fills the vacant space that dances around this riff. Before long, we are whisked away by the chorus and it becomes apparent that this is a love song – of sorts. The subject of the song, the Rebel Girl, feels to be an unobtainable object that DeLonge/or his character is chasing.
Let me in your world / sometimes it’s lonely…
I do find conflicting themes within the lyrics, however. Lines such as “the kill is so cliche”, seem to dismiss the stereotypical themes of love, especially in the unrequited setting that the verses of the track build. However, the chorus delivers lyrics such as “back before we were broken-hearted” and “the shoe fits/my little Cinderella” which seem to play into the cliche and mix the message of the song. Fans of DeLonge will know that he may not be the most lyrically profound, but this feels to be a little convoluted and to be honest, clumsy. A double-meaning, or sense of irony, may be at play here and if this is the case, it feels unnecessary.
This song is a good introduction to the band’s newest chapter but will it win new fans? I don’t think so. Although in part, it feels different to a large part of their discography, I don’t feel as though there is enough to grab the attention of someone who had never listened to the band before. Musically, this track is diverse and direct but is held back by its lyrics. However, this project is still in its infancy and if it is one thing… its exciting. I, for one, can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Catch the band on their run of comeback shows across North America:
September 4: Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
September 6: Austin, TX – Emo’s
September 7: Dallas, TX – House of Blues
September 9: Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
September 10: Orlando, FL – House of Blues
September 11: Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
September 13: Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
September 14: Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
September 15: Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
September 17: New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
September 18: Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
September 20: Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews Hall
September 21: Chicago, IL – House of Blues
September 22: St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
September 24: Denver, CO – Summit
September 25: Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
September 27: Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
September 28: Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
September 30: San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
October 1: Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
October 2: Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
October 4: Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
October 5: San Diego, CA – House of Blues