American songwriter Tom DeLonge is these days rocking out as guitarist and lead vocalist in space rock Angels & Airwaves. The 41-year-old star has just released a new EP in proper celebration of the band’s 2006 album We Don’t Need to Whisper.
The four-track EP is an acoustic-inspired collective of “Valkyrie Missile,” “Distraction,” “Do It For Me Now,” and “The Adventure.”
Via NME, DeLonge said, “It’s been about a year since we put out new music and I wanted to give the fans something while the band works on the soundtrack to the upcoming Strange Times film.
“Being in the studio brought back memories of AVA’s first album and I thought it’d be fun to reimagine those tracks and play around with the arrangements a bit. It’s the first time we’ve ever put out an all-acoustic release and it’s great to be able to do it with these songs, which are all pretty special to me.”
In heartfelt dedication to former producer Jeff Newell, who passed away New Year’s Eve of 2011, DeLonghe spoke.
“Critter was everything to us. We considered him a member of the band. He had the most artistic and beautiful soul and was such a big part of our lives. He always spoke with such poetry. He was my companion during the making of the first years of AVA. He would drink and dance in the studio parking lot to these songs till 4am. When we started recording these new versions, I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I miss him. His spirit was definitely with us in the studio.”
We Don’t Need to Whisper is currently available to stream on DeLonge’s site, and will be available on all streaming outlets beginning August 25.