Toxicity 2

Posted: July 31, 2013 in Toxicity
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By Glen

As the band laid low to start the summer, I googled in vain for a couple of weeks. But now that Airborne is back on the road (sporadically, at least), they’ve started popping up once again in the news and blogosphere.


A couple of ambitious reviewers did newbies a favor this week by providing informative and entertaining overviews of the band’s musical career to date. If you’re introducing a friend to the band for the first time, you’d do well to point them to the Summer School of Rock, where the author shares the wonder of her own discovery of The Airborne Toxic Event, after years of paying lip service to liking the band when in fact her TATE knowledge extended only as far as Changing. When she finally invested the time to dig deeper into their catalog, and uncovered such gems as The Graveyard Near the House and Bride and Groom, she came to realize all that she’d been missing.

Meanwhile, in preparation for this Thursday’s show in Tempe, another writer charts the band’s musical and lyrical journey through their three albums and makes the case that Such Hot Blood is the natural culmination of the various threads from the first two albums, now with greater maturity and depth.

Mikel and the Gretsch, up close and personal

Poster Child

Why, who’s that featured on the Gretsch home page this week? None other than Mikel, who gets a nice write-up highlighting his hippie upbringing in a California commune. Who knows how long this post will last… but if it’s gone before you get there, you can always check out TATE’s profile page elsewhere on the site. It includes an All At Once era bio and some great video from the Del Mar show from a couple years ago. And gearheads will love getting a closer look at the band’s guitars of choice.

While we’re on the subject of Mikel… This is the kind of nonsense that I’m pretty determined to avoid on this blog, but since the band put it out there, all you ladies can sleep soundly knowing that Mikel is indeed one of the 50 hottest indie rockers. Enough said.

Coachella Interview

The band is always good for a laugh or three when interviewed, and this one is no exception. Filmed a couple months ago but only published this week, where else can you find out Noah’s bowling name while seeing Mikel channel his inner Neil Diamond and Chaka Khan? You’re welcome.


Just a quick update from Anna’s eBay auction, first mentioned in Toxicity 1. To my surprise, the price held steady at $2,800 over the last few days. If I had known I only had to rob a convenience store and not a bank, I totally would’ve done it. Some friends of mine won some of her lesser items, including her demo bass and viola pick-up. She was extra generous to them, throwing in personal notes, extra Anna guitar picks, and signing items upon request. Lesson learned: if something like this ever comes up again, I will find a way. Oh yes, I will.

You fought hard, brave bird.

In other collectible news, The Marquee Theatre in Tempe is selling off one of the more gruesome TATE gig posters you’ll ever see. Just $20 to get your hands on one of these beauties – the only catch being, you have to pick it up in person.

Youtube Gold:

And finally, we have more YouTube goodness. Midway through the Such Hot Blood tour, the band unleashed a stunning new arrangement of Wishing Well, featuring Mikel and Anna on dueling keyboards. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of seeing this live, and though the sound quality of this video is nothing to write home about, I think you’ll agree that this has epic written all over it. Hopefully they’ll keep this in their repertoire for awhile.

Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.


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