Alien conspiracy theorist and former blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge has executive-produced a new tv series, Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation. The six-part series premiered on History Channel in May. Ahead of it’s U.K. premiere on August 26th, DeLonge sat down with NME to delve into his unceasing hunt for U.F.O’s and offered some crucial takeaways to boot.
During the interview, Tom DeLonge was subject to the pressing question on everyone’s lips, what kind of pop-punk does he believe that Aliens would enjoy. More specifically, does he think the spacey specimens prefer blink-182 or Angels & Airwaves?
“I would have to play Angels & Airwaves because they would recognize the space-prog sound,” DeLonge answered. “If I played Blink they wouldn’t get the jokes. They would probably get really offended and start an interplanetary war.”
We have to agree Tom, the nuanced intergalactic stylings of AVA would probably strike a chord in the hearts of moshing Martians everywhere.
Listen: ‘Aliens Exist’ – blink-182
Back in July, blink-182 dedicated a performance of their classic 1999 track, ‘Aliens Exist’ to DeLonge. When asked about how Tom felt about the shoutout he replied “It was awesome that they did that. I talk to the guys and we’re all good friends still.”
“We’re like brothers. It’s cool, them doing that. It’s funny because for so many years, when we were travelling, I’d pin those guys down in a backstage dressing room and go, ‘Did you know this! Did you know this!’ It’s funny because I know they were annoyed by it but I was talking to Travis not long ago and even he was like, ‘Man, I can’t believe how far you’ve gotten!’ I said, ‘I can’t believe it either to be honest!’. That song that I wrote has a life of its own but it’s really interesting to hear it now, 20 years later, and think about the company that I started.”
blink-182 are set to release their forthcoming eighth album, Nine, on September 20th.