As his ex-Blink-182 bandmates prep a new album with Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba, Tom DeLonge continues down his own path. On October 6th, the singer, songwriter and multimedia auteur releases Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares, the first in a planned trilogy of novels co-written with young-adult-fiction author Suzanne Young. In advance of the release, DeLonge is unveiling a new tie-in EP by his band Angels and Airwaves on September 4th; we're offering an exclusive premiere of the track "Into the Night."
"'Into The Night' is about walking the person you love through a nightmare," DeLonge says. "I believe that we all encounter those we love in our dreams all of the time."
"The book is an epic story about a boy who is a lucid dreamer," says DeLonge of the upcoming novel, which continues the Poet Anderson story begun on Angels and Airwaves' 2014 LP, The Dream Walker, and its accompanying animated short. "He realizes that he has the power to meet people in their dreams and guide them through their nightmare. But in the dream world, there are forces of light and darkness that are constantly at each other's throats for the possession of the dreamer themselves. A Poet, also known as a guide, can help navigate this war."
"I met Suzanne through her agent, Jim McCarthy," DeLonge says of his collaboration with Young, author of the best-selling Program series and the forthcoming Hotel Ruby. "I reached out to him directly and explained what I was trying to do. He was very forward thinking, and offered a conversation with one of his more accomplished writers, Suzanne Young. Suzanne and I jumped on the phone and she was thrilled at the opportunity to write about this world. She was deeply in love with the Poet character."
According to DeLonge, the novel and new EP are just the latest steps in what he's envisioning as an ongoing multimedia saga. "We are in the process of preparing for a series of major motion pictures," he says. "This is going to be very exciting, because if it happens the way it seems like it may, we will be able to portray a world that has not been created on film before."