Toxicity 27

Posted: February 28, 2014 in Toxicity
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The Airborne Toxic Event soundchecks at Vancouver's Portside Pub Photo by TATE fan Elva, Jan. 25, 2014

The Airborne Toxic Event soundchecks at Vancouver’s Portside Pub
Photo by TATE fan Elva, Jan. 25, 2014

By Glen

It’s the calm after the storm. Almost two weeks have passed since the last stop on The Airborne Toxic Event’s February tour. The band (and their roadtripping fans) are back home and settling in for what’s next. But we’ve still got some post-tour mopping up to do.

Indy Unplugged

We’ll start at the end: at the Ale Emporium in Indianapolis, where the band put an exclamation mark on the tour with a stripped down, invitation-only performance for Radio X103. “Hell and Back” is quickly becoming one of TATE’s most frequently recorded songs – in the five months since its release, we’ve been gifted with at least half a dozen pro-quality performance videos of the single. X103 provides us with the latest:

The radio station followed that up with a second video: this one a partial recording of “Changing,” with audio from the performance superimposed over a mix of footage shot throughout the event.

Tour In Review, Part 2

Picking up where we left off last week, here’s a look back on the tour that was:

Nuvo supplements the videos above with photos, giving us a glimpse inside the Indy show through a brief slideshow. Earlier in the tour, a similar radio session was hosted by Atlanta’s Radio 105.7, and though the show was shorter, the photo gallery is much larger. The biggest collection, however, comes from The Rave in Milwaukee. You have to sign up for a free account on their website to view it, but their 92-photo gallery is well worth a gander.

The Valentine’s show in Detroit yielded three reviews, one of which we covered last week in Toxicity. The next one comes courtesy of TATE virgin Korynne Hatcher, who like most first-time viewers was blown away by what she witnessed:

As soon as there was even a whisper of the band walking on stage, it was bedlam inside the theatre. People clapped incessantly and sang along from the opening notes of “Wishing Well” to the final song of the night. As I looked around, there was not one person whose eyes were not glued to the stage. I loved the passion that these people played with. Another thing that I really enjoy is seeing musicians able to play more than one instrument and whether they were playing a soulful ballad or an up-tempo song that inspired you to dance; they played with so much energy and love that it was impossible not to enjoy yourself. As the night went on, they commonly switched from one-person playing guitar to playing keys and from only playing to singing lead. That to me shows pure talent and love for music.

Musicholics4U caps off the Detroit reviews, echoing Hatcher’s appreciation of the various band members’ musical versatility:

What made the band truly unique was their musicality and energy. It amazed me how each member was able to play numerous instruments. Anna Bulbrook showed her music skills by playing the violin, keyboard, tambourine, and even singing! She was just one of the members who was able to jump from instrument to instrument, spicing up the performance. The Airborne Toxic Event also brought a contagious energy. The band ran all around the stage and jumped into the crowd, getting every audience member singing, dancing, and clapping along.

A New/Old Interview with Mikel

The brief tour didn’t generate as many published interviews as we might have hoped. However, the Detroit Free Press did release an article shortly before the band arrived in their town. And though it contains extensive interview material with Mikel, it appears to be drawn from an earlier sit-down with the singer, from around the time of Such Hot Blood‘s release. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting read, with Mikel waxing enthusiastically about the band’s dedicated, tattooed fans, and delving into his experiences in writing and recording the album.

“I spent so much time doing that, months and months and months alone with all of the instruments in my house and playing different melodies and arrangements and harmonies and different instruments for different parts, and moving things around and writing and rewriting them, just notebooks filled with lyrics,” he said. “Most of these songs went through 10 or 11 drafts in different forms. And that also included all of the time I spent with the band rehearsing and all of the time we spent with (producer) Jacquire King in Nashville recording and all of the time we spent mixing it. So at the end of this long process, I felt as if I’d made 10 things I wanted to share with the world.”

Toxic Gold

We’ll wrap things up this week with yet another video from a small performance for Indianapolis’ Radio X103. But this one comes not from this February, but February 2012, when The Airborne Toxic Event stopped by the excellently-named Pop Machine.

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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