• New Angels & Airwaves Album Coming

    You can add Angels & Airwaves to the long list of acts eyeing new music in 2021. The Tom DeLonge-led act recently posted a tease on Instagram with the comment, “New album coming. This is the one.”

    The tease also featured DeLonge with the wording, “The world is different now. We feel more of us” on the image. Having been in the studio of late, the new tease is a hint that things are progressing well for a release in the not too distant future.

    The new album will be the band’s first full-length effort since 2014’s The Dream Walker, but it’s not as though the group has been inactive during that period, issuing a trio of EPs in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

    At the top of the year, DeLonge offered, “We are (safely and distantly) back at work putting the finishing touches on our 6th studio album, which we feel is our best yet. If all goes as planned, songs will be ready to roll out this spring. We also have shows planned, so as soon as it’s safe, we will be out playing them!”

    Aside from that, DeLonge has teased that he’s worked on a song with the working title “DISSCO” and he shared an audio snippet of music on Instagram while calling the new record “epic.”

    There’s also an Angels and Airwaves documentary in the works. Stay tuned to see what 2021 brings for the band.

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  • Miles Seaton (Akron/Family, Angels of Light) Dead at 41

    Multi-instrumentalist and experimental rocker Miles Seaton of Akron/Family and the former Angels of Light backing band, has died at the age of 41, as reported by Rolling Stone.

    Akron/Family, founded in 2002, released six full length studio albums as well as one split album with Angels of Light, the folk group formed by Michael Gira of Swans after he initially retired the boundary-pushing avant-garde group in 1997. Seaton, alongside the band’s three other members, played various instruments and all sang, which led to their concert performances hinging on a somewhat improvisational nature.

    Seaton’s playing can also be heard on two Angels of Light albums — 2005’s The Angels of Light Sing ‘Other People’ and 2007’s We Are Him, the latter of which is the group’s final record. Both of those releases came out on Gira’s Young God Records, as did Akron/Family’s first four records before the band released their last three albums on Dead Oceans.

    In recent years, Seaton had recorded and released music as a solo artist, his latest album being 2017’s Phases in Exile.

    Phil Waldorf, co-founder of Dead Oceans, reflected on the loss in a Twitter thread, where he shared some of his favorite memories of Seaton and praised his kind spirit.

    “It’s listening and learning from someone you feel lucky to be in the presence of, and even luckier they trust you to put out such important records in the world. Miles was a one of a kind person, in a one of a kind band. It’s a rush of emotions,” he wrote, in part.

    Justin Vernon of folk group Bon Iver commented on Seaton’s death on Twitter as well, offering, “I cannot believe Miles Seaton is gone. He is an integral part of so many musical histories. I am in shock and grieving for those who knew and loved him the most. Hearts out to all of you. His music will live on forever.”

    View the tributes below.

    Loudwire extends our condolences to the Seaton family, Miles’ bandmates and all who were close with him.

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