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Death By CultureStomping the Phantom Brake Pedal
POSTED BY VINNIE BLESI, December 24, 2012    Share

Blink-182's front man Tom DeLonge, has spent the last few years, working on and developing a master plan for his new group, "Angels and Airwaves". Amidst all the furor over the new Blink-182 reunion CD, Delonge, has continued to place his emphasis on "Angels and Airwaves".

So while the Blink-182 reunion is going on, behind the screen we get a new "Angels and Airwaves" EP digital release, "Stomping the Phantom Brake Pedal".

"Stomping the Phantom Brake Pedal" is a great title to begin with. It evokes mystery and curiosity. When I heard the title I thought of Humphrey Bogart "In a Lonely Place".

The first three tracks are remixes from the soundtrack of the ambitious film "Love" by Angels and Airwaves. The movie for me was enjoyable to watch but it was just rehashing Kubrick with space scenes with music from the band. I am glad they have released three tracks from the soundtrack, but it is good enough that they should release the whole soundtrack. Rarely will I ever go out on this limb, but the tracks on "Stomping the Phantom Brake Pedal" are Brian Eno worthy. They do not copy Eno, but embody his field of work for the last 25 years. Eno was always about texture, having a musical palette to work within a song. Moments of black and white, and moments of gray. The songs slowly start, peak, and then silently end.

The remaining five tracks are remixes. It amuses me when I read so many negative comments on the Angels and Airwaves facebook page. These are remixes, that are on the edge of distorted synth, these are not Angels and Airwaves songs. I think these minimal edgy synth remixes are really good. No they are not the usual pop rock anthems that you are used to. Maybe the group wants you to grow and appreciate some different sounds? I think so.

"Death By Culture" is ©2012 by Vinnie Blesi. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2012 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.

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