ALSO HITS NO. 1 ON iTUNES ROCK CHART AND FILM SHOOTS TO NO. 1 ON iTUNES TOP SHORT FILMS CHART
GLOBAL SMASH HITS NO. 1 ON iTUNES IN 14 COUNTRIES
Los Angeles, CA (December 18, 2014) – ANGELS & AIRWAVES’ new self-released album THE DREAM WALKER has entered Billboard’s Top Independent Album Chart at No. 3 and the Alternative Chart at No. 5. Distributed by Tunecore as a digital-only release (save for limited edition packages offered to fans via the AVA site), the album also hit No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart and its award-winning 14-minute animated short companion film, POET ANDERSON: THE DREAM WALKER, hit No. 1 on iTunes’ Top Short Films Chart.
The album also hit No. 1 on 14 international iTunes rock charts, including those based in the UK, Australia, Paraguay, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Indonesia, Czech Republic and Hungary.
THE DREAM WALKER is the start of an ambitious multi-tiered art project from Angels & Airwaves mastermind/vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge that includes comic books, novel and live-action motion picture. Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker was recently awarded “Best Animated Film” at the 2014 Toronto International Short Film Festival. Yesterday DeLonge released a preview of the comic book to fans who purchased the album. The sneak peek shows some of the book’s art direction and characters for the first issue, which is due out in March. The cover is part of a tryptych for the first 3 issues, which will only be available on the Angels & Airwaves site.
The album, which Rolling Stone premiered last week, can be heard in its entirety HERE.
THE DREAM WALKER was officially announced on October 6th, when Rolling Stone premiered the album's street track "Paralyzed," (which immediately rocketed onto the Top 10 on the iTunes Alternative Chart). Since then the band has unveiled the trailer for the short film, lead single "The Wolfpack," the video for lead single "The Wolfpack," "Bullets In The Wind" and “Tunnels” .
The Dream Walker was written, recorded and produced by DeLonge and multi-instrumentalist Ilan Rubin, known for his work with Nine Inch Nails. The album was recorded at Jupiter Sound in San Diego, CA, and mixed by Aaron Rubin, Tom Lord Alge (Rolling Stones, Liz Phair, Peter Gabriel) and Alan Moulder (Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Arctic Monkeys). “Paralyzed” was mixed by Aaron Rubin, who worked with AVA on 2013’s Stomping The Phantom Brake Pedal.
Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker follows Poet, a Lucid Dreamer with the rare ability to be aware of his dreams while they’re happening. As Poet journeys deeper into his vivid dream life, he meets his Dream Walker, a guardian angel of dreams who protects him from the torment of a vicious Night Terror monster. But when his nightmares break through into his waking life, Poet must face his demons to fulfill his destiny. Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker is a story by Tom DeLonge and features music from The Dream Walker.
The Dream Walker follows AVA’s last two albums, Love (2010) and Love: Part Two (2011) and its companion film, Love, which investigated the psychological effects of isolation when an astronaut stranded in space learns the importance of human connection and love. The critically acclaimed movie was screened at festivals around the world and Variety recently called it one of the "10 Most Realistic Space Travel Films."