Tom DeLonge opens up about the long arch of his musical career in The Pursuit of Tone, a forthcoming documentary series developed by Ernie Ball and AT&T.
The show profiles a notable guitarist in each of its eleven episodes, providing vivid portraits of shredders like Buddy Guy and Mike Ness of Social Distortion. In DeLonge's episode, the founding member of Blink-182, Box Car Racer and Angels & Airwaves describes his trademark pop-punk sound as "nursery rhymes on steroids."
DeLonge gets pretty candid, especially when telling the story of his first jam session with fellow Blink founder Mark Hoppus—a session that steamrolled into something quite big in comparison to those humble high school days. He doesn't explicitly mention Hoppus by name, but the implications in his words are obvious.
According to Variety, The Pursuit of Tone will premiere August 19 on the Audience Network, AT&T’s in-house channel carried across DirecTV and U-verse. Dustin Hinz, Ernie Ball’s exec VP of marketing, talked the series up big, explaining that it amounts to more than just branding:
“As one of the world’s most iconic music brands, it is imperative that we produce films with the highest creative standards and partner with a network that shares our vision and can deliver the audience necessary to stand out from the congested world of branded content.”
Next up, watch a younger Tom Delonge talk about Angels & Airwaves in an interview from 2006: