Toxicity 28

Posted: March 7, 2014 in Toxicity
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The Airborne Toxic Event's Ana Bulbrook, shredding the viola in Vancouver, BC. Photo by Glen, Jan. 25, 2014.

The Airborne Toxic Event’s Ana Bulbrook, shredding the viola in Vancouver, BC. Photo by Glen, Jan. 25, 2014.

By Glen

With The Airborne Toxic Event’s February romp across the US now a few weeks in the rearview mirror, things have gone predictably quiet on the media front. But we still have a few things to catch up on, including an interview with Anna Bulbrook that gives fans more reason to hope that we’ll hear new music sooner rather than later.

Anna on New Album Plans

Echoing Steven’s recent, promising hints of a new release to come before the year is out, Anna touched on the band’s near-term plans in an interview with Playback. After riffing on tour life and expressing her appreciation of their devoted fans (“I feel that we’ve developed incredible relationships with fans all over. We have a lot of people who follow us around and really take the time to get to know us, know the funny little things about us. And it’s really neat and I’m really grateful for that.”), the violist offered this tantalizing comment on the band’s next release: “We’ll be putting some stuff out later on this year, maybe in the spring. Of course, we’ll have to solidify those plans.”

Whether or not a spring release comes to pass, it’s clear that TATE is aiming to capitalize on the immense buzz generated by “Hell and Back” by getting more new music out into the world before the unexpected spotlight fades. With the aforementioned single, the group proved they can produce quality material in a short time frame. And Mikel is always writing, so it’s not like they’re starting from scratch. Nevertheless, if these plans come to fruition, it will be the fastest they’ve ever cranked out an album. It will be fascinating to see how (or if) that’s ultimately reflected in the finished product.

Such Hot Talent

Just when you think you’ve seen last of the tour reviews, another one pops up. Once more from Detroit, this time courtesy of The Schoolcraft Connection (a newspaper from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI). Though the article contains some minor factual errors concerning the setlist and origin of “Hell and Back,” it provides another enthusiastic account of the show, and a few cool action shots to boot.

“It’s ironic, being at an Airborne Toxic Event concert on Valentine’s Day,” Mikel said, between songs. “These are not really love songs. Well – they are…” he added, immediately launching into a song entitled “Happiness is Overrated.”

Summer Festival News

If you’re planning on catching TATE at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Festival this June (or even if you’re not), you’ll want to check out The Lantern’s overview of the lineup. Of The Airborne Toxic Event, they have this to say:

Any group with a literary band name is good in our books. The Airborne Toxic Event pulled its name right out of the second section in Don DeLillo’s postmodern novel “White Noise.” The voice of lead singer Mikel Jollett comes in deep and smooth, fitting for stages in dark, smoky jazz clubs.

The indie band pairs rock music with classical orchestra music, blending the two genres. “Changing” brought me in to The Airborne Toxic Event, and while I doubt the group will be hauling along Calder Quartet, a Los Angeles-based string quartet, with them as they did when playing live at Walt Disney Concert Hall, I’m sure The Airborne Toxic Event will pull out all the stops for Firefly.

Meanwhile, with some festivals slow in releasing their slate of artists, there’s still hope for a few more opportunities to see the band this summer. Most recently, they announced a May 10 appearance at St. Louis’ Pointfest. Me, I’ve got my fingers crossed that this year’s return of Pemberton Festival will inspire them to reprise their 2008 visit – a show that shoulda, coulda, woulda been (but wasn’t) my first TATE gig.

Where Art Thou Ashley?

When The Airborne Toxic Event dropped an unexpected bombshell on the eve of their most recent tour, announcing that Noah Harmon’s bass replacement Ashley Dzerigian would herself be replaced by Adrian Rodriguez, there was no clear reason given. As always, the absence of information proved fertile ground for speculation, and fans posited more than a few theories (with plenty of Spinal Tap jokes thrown in for good measure). It didn’t take long for the truth to surface, as Ashley started tweeting about the new gig that took her away from TATE:

The exact circumstances that led to Ashley hitting the road with Cee Lo haven’t been revealed. We’re not sure if TATE knew that this was a possibility before tapping her to fill in for Noah. But fans who caught the band’s ear in February confirmed that everyone is on good terms and wishing Ashley all the best in this new opportunity, and so do we.

A Chorus-less Masterpiece

Samantha Webster of Dartbeat recently published a piece that would be right at home on This Is Nowhere: an analysis of TATE classic “Sometime Around Midnight.” Give it a peak.

Toxic Gold

And finally… we’ve already shared one of Tim Newell’s top notch videos from the recent Milwaukee show, but they’re so good, we’re going back to the well again – this time, for “Numb.”

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.

  1. Hey that is some Toxic Gold alright! That’s usually where I stand, like watching my point of view. Unfortunately, now I really really really miss them & need a show STAT…


  2. Angela Fuller says:

    Due to Ashley’s new gig with CeeLo, as you know she was replaced with long time pal of the band, Adrian Rodriguez. We got to hang out with him one night in New Orleans and he was the sweetest, nicest guy. He told us how Mikel knocked on his door one day and asked him if he could learn something like 13 songs in 3 days. Of course he said, “Yeah, no problem”. That he did, and although I did not get to see Ashley, Adrian was a perfect fill in for Noah. I did miss, those pretty blue eyes of his, but Adrian did a great job of making every song they played sound like he’d been a part of the band from the beginning. I can’t wait to hear more from the band!!!


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