Toxicity 26

Posted: February 21, 2014 in Toxicity
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Steven Chen, Show Stealer Photo by TATE fan Jenn Vancouver, Jan. 25, 2014

Steven Chen, Show Stealer
Photo by TATE fan Jenn, Vancouver, Jan. 25, 2014

By Glen

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? After three and a half relatively quiet months in the life of The Airborne Toxic Event, the band (well, 80% of the band, anyway) exploded back onto the scene for 10 shows (plus two mini acoustic sets) in 11 glorious nights. Not surprisingly, we’ve now got enough material for three editions of Toxicity. Enjoy it while it lasts, because all signs point to some quiet times in the immediate future. But as you’ll soon see, there is much to look forward to.

New Album on the Horizon?

We’ll start our latest spin around the Airborne Internet with a recent article by Ashley Zlatopolsky or Real Detroit Weekly. In teeing up the Detroit tour stop, Ashley conducted a rare interview with guitarist Steven Chen, who provided a few hints about what the band may be up to in the coming months. Writes Zlatopolsky:

If the track works well thematically and musically with other material the band is working on, there is a very good possibility “Hell and Back” will be part of a future studio album. Chen says The Airborne Toxic Event plans on releasing more new music in 2014, giving air to the fact that the group is on a roll… And when asked if the band had big plans for the remainder of 2014, Chen replied: “Definitely. How could we not?”

This jives with reports we’ve heard from fans who caught them on tour, that various band members have said they are headed back to the studio soon. The timing certainly makes sense, given bassist Noah Harmon’s baby leave, and the fact that TATE currently has nothing on their tour calendar until the summer festival season kicks off. (Oh, and incidentally, Steven also confirmed in the above interview that Noah will be back later this year. Despair not for the bassist!)

It’s also not surprising to hear that “Hell and Back” may be included on the next album. Time will tell if that actually comes to pass, but with the success the song has enjoyed on radio, it can only help sales of album #4 to anchor it with a track that has already cracked the mainstream.

Movie Talk with Steven and Mikel

Chen fans have gotta be loving life recently, with all the spotlight he’s stealing. Not only did Steven take center stage on the tour, he also sat down for another interview, joining Mikel Jollett for a 13-minute video chat with 105.7 The Point. It’s a highly entertaining quarter hour, despite the fact that nothing particularly “newsy” is revealed. Mikel is his usual jocular self, as the band mates and host trade witty banter about some recent films, including Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street (don’t watch the latter with your parents, Mikel advises).

Tour In Review, Part 1

As per usual when the band hits the road, there are no shortage of show reviews and photos floating around the Interwebz. We’ll present a selection here, while keeping a few in the can for next week.

The Only Music Blog was on hand for the St. Petersburg gig – the first live TATE experience for the writer. Like so many before, the reviewer came away suitably impressed. “This was a very surprisingly pleasant concert for me. I knew I would enjoy the hit songs, but Airborne Toxic Event made me a fan with their musical talents and ability to not lose the crowd.”

The Pit published one of several commentaries on the Valentine’s Day Detroit show, accompanied by a nice gallery of photos. They point out that the singer was well aware of the occasion and its ill fit with TATE’s tragic tales of romantic failure, quoting Mikel as saying, “I find it ironic how you’re at an Airborne Toxic Event concert on Valentine’s Day.”

On to Milwaukee, where the UWM Post was similarly enthused about Airborne’s first ever non-Summerfest appearance in the city. One particular highlight came during the encore, which “started with a feel good cover of the Magnetic Field’s ‘The Book of Love.’ The song ends on the words, ‘I love it when you give me things, and you ought to give me wedding rings.’ At the song’s conclusion, a couple in the audience became engaged. Jollett announced from the stage, ‘She said yes.'” It was actually the second successful marriage proposal of the tour – is this becoming a thing? Perhaps TATE and romance go together better than we thought.

St. Louis proved to be a goldmine for photography, with not one, not two, but three collections of images well worth checking out. Come back for next week’s Toxicity for more great shots from the tour.

“Hell and Back” Single Released

Surely there’s no one reading this who hasn’t already bought it… is there? Well, just in case, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that “Hell and Back” has now been released as a standalone single, featuring the album artwork we first uncovered back in September. Buy it here.

Toxic Gold

We close this week with a taste of what you missed if you weren’t fortunate enough to catch the band on the road this month. Tim filmed the entire show in Milwaukee, and his videos are top quality; I chose this one because I’m completely obsessed with the new disco version of “Wishing Well.” Killer.

Glen, Fan of The Airborne Toxic EventGlen 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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