September 2nd, 2012. Angels and Airwaves (Airwaves) closed with The War, just before a set list created by All Time Low. Though after that song, Airwaves went quiet with their musical decisions, releasing a couple of albums (The Dream Walker and …of Nightmares) as well as Tom DeLonge going off to work on his Sekret Machines project, along with his UFO finding career moving full speed ahead. Fans assumed that maybe Airwaves just wouldn’t tour again, or might be just done after three years of waiting. Until today.
Released April 30th 2019, Rebel Girl is the newest song off of their fourth studio album. (Which as far as I’m personally aware is still unnamed. Though do correct me if I’m wrong.) The new song gives us a fresh taste of Airwaves and what can be expected from the upper atmosphere, pop punk (now) four piece. Recently spoken by DeLonge in a press release about the new music, he explained that “’Rebel Girl’ is a space-age love song that combines my enduring obsession for New Wave, pop punk and anthemic rock and roll music.” He also made a joke about his current To The Stars Academy, his journey in the Arts and Sciences.. “As some of you might’ve heard, I recently took a brief minute to start up an aerospace company, so you never know — I may play this song from a satellite deep in space, beamed toward everyone’s house viciously on repeat.”
In honesty, the new Airwaves is a synthetic take on the pop punk genre in itself. Not too many are seemingly breaking the mold, so a large power group such as Airwaves creating a new pop punk sound is a nice surprise. Adding on, the last year gave us Ilan Rubin, David Kennedy and Matt Wachter which are all joining DeLonge on his newest musical journey. Personally, I do feel as though this album is going to feel like blink 182’s Neighborhoods in its final form. Though listen to the song, choose for yourself.