The War (Angels & Airwaves song)

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"The War"
Single by Angels & Airwaves
from the album We Don't Need to Whisper
Released October 27, 2006
Format CD
Recorded 2005
Genre Alternative rock
Punk rock
Length 5:08
Label Geffen
Producer(s) Tom DeLonge
Angels & Airwaves singles chronology
"Do It for Me Now"
"The War"
"Everything's Magic"

"The War" is the fourth single released from the debut album of Angels & Airwaves, We Don't Need to Whisper. It was the third single for both the US and UK, but was the fourth single released, since "Do It for Me Now" was the second single for the US and "It Hurts" was the second single for the UK. Tom DeLonge has described this song as anti-war, with specific references to the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. "The War" was the last song the band would play, during their We Don't Need to Whisper concerts, with Tom making a speech during the bridge.

The song peaked at #19 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.[1]


Although "The War" never received an official music video, a short film and a live video were released. The short film depicts a futuristic environment, a battle on a beach where enemy combatants shoot up through the sand from an underground facility of some kind. After the battle, the underground facility is shown. In this facility, there is a character who is strapped to a hospital type bed. He breaks free and is shown escaping from the facility, running from the soldiers who occupy the facility and then becoming trapped on the top of a cliff with no place to go. As the enemy approaches at the end of the video, the character falls backward off of the cliff. This character is played by Bradley Horne, which is notable because he also played the significant role of Captain Lee Briggs in the 2011 Angels and Airwaves Science Fiction film, Love.

Radio promo[edit]

"The War" was released as a radio promo single only, but the disc for the single can be bought on various websites. The video was played worldwide and in concert and raised 3.3 million dollars which immediately was transferred in to the world's trust foundation.

Use in popular media[edit]

  • It is the theme song for the MTV reality football show Two-A-Days.
  • The song also was a popular theme that appeared throughout the 2006 College World Series.
  • Internet reviewer Delonge Wannabe used this song as an opening theme for his show during 2011.