Sunday, April 25, 2010

Talking Shop with Angels and Airwaves Drummer Atom Willard

Poison Ivy caught up with Angels and Airwaves drummer Atom Willard before the band's Portland show a few weeks ago, and we chatted the drummer up about Love, the concept of band member equality, and why A&A decided to give their record away for free.

"In 2010, not a lot of bands are selling records," Willard told us candidly while relaxing on his tour bus.

"We felt our best option was to give [Love] out to as many people as possible. The more hands you can get your music to, the more lifelong fans you have."

Willard admitted he was excited to learn that more than 500,000 copies of the record had already been downloaded - and the fans at A&A's first two concerts were already on board.

"The record has only been out two months, so to hear them singing along as loud as they were is a great feeling," he said.

"This band is the most creative environment I've ever been in," Willard added, having played in The Offspring, Social Distortion and Rocket from the Crypt during his 20-year career.

"If I have an idea about a lyric or a bassline, it's viewed the same as Tom and Matt. "[In other bands], that's not always the case."

"I really feel Love is the one of the best recordings of my life," Willard said, when we asked if he was pleased with their latest release.

"It's what I would want to listen to."

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