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Angels & Airwaves venture into 'LOVE'

February 15, 2010 |  1:23 pm
The new album is available as a free download, but the group also offers plenty to purchase.


Below is an excerpt from a story in Monday's Calendar section:

On a rainy Tuesday evening in Angels & Airwaves' suburban Carlsbad recording studio, singer Tom DeLonge pondered ice cubes. Specifically, the ice cubes made famous by the Japanese writer-mystic Masaru Emoto, who claimed that projecting positive vibes into water could make it freeze into more beautiful crystals.

"This guy taped pieces of paper with words like 'Love' and 'Hate' to cups of water and froze them. When he looked at them under a microscope, the ones with 'Hate' looked chaotic, but words like 'Love' made them perfectly symmetrical," DeLonge said. "So we thought, what if we could use our album to do that to people, who are made up of mostly water?"

Hence the epic, electronica-infused emo band's new album, "LOVE." Angels & Airwaves released it independently as a free download on Sunday, the latest in a string of multiplatinum rock bands -- including Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails -- to use new free albums to build their brand and fans' loyalty, instead of seeing them as profit-makers.

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--August Brown

Angels & Airwaves plays the Bamboozle Left Festival on March 27 at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. Photo by Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.