Say what you will about Angels And Airwaves (and I am not really a fan) or about the Blink split, but at least Tom has a fucking vision for his band. So few people today seem like they do. At least to Tom A&A is more than just a band.
His vision is nothing new. There have been politically influenced punk bands since their inception. And it is not that AVA is a bad band, they just have this absolute pretentious attitude towards themselves and their music. And to say that any band is more than just a band, to me, means that they affect society in such a large way that they are really "bigger" than just a band (i.e. in the punk genre, Green Day, Ramones, these bands changed the genre as a whole)