Though some of you wouldn’t know it by looking out your window (or so I’m told), spring has officially sprung. For me, that means today is my last day of work before I start a much-needed week off… which also means that next week will be quiet here on the blog. Before I go, here’s the latest in Toxicity: a grab bag of odds and ends collected from around the Internet in recent weeks. See you in April!
On the Road Again
While those who are hankering for a TATE tour (ie. everyone who is reading this) will have to wait awhile, the band does have a couple new dates to satisfy those who happen to live in the right place, or who have the capacity to get there. First up is New Orleans on April 4, less than two months after the band’s most recent visit to the city (lucky bastards). The show will be held at the Old U.S. Mint, and will benefit the Louisiana Museum Foundation. At this point, you have to win your way into the gig.
On the distant horizon, the sizable L.A. fanbase will be thrilled to hear that Airborne will play their home turf on Oct. 30, taking the stage at the Greek Theatre. Currently, tickets can only be purchased as part of a package with other Greek shows, but individual show tickets will go on sale within the next two months. This could be THE Airborne show of the year, especially with Noah Harmon presumably back in the fold by then, so get there if you can!
As quiet as the band has been publicly for the past month and a half, Anna Bulbrook has been as active as ever on social media, most notably hosting an Ask Me Anything session through TATE’s Facebook page – her second such Q&A. This one was very interesting in terms of getting to know Anna as a person, as she answered tons of questions about her personal likes and dislikes. It was less informative when it came to band news, as she seemed hesitant to reveal recording and touring plans. Nevertheless, it makes for a fun read on a rainy day.
And that’s not to say that Anna hasn’t provided some tantalizing hints of late. She shared a pair of photos on March 16 (see here and here) that made it clear that recording was happening that day. Now, there was nothing in there to confirm that it was indeed TATE she was recording with, as opposed to one of her many side projects. But it would certainly be consistent with the many reports we’ve received that the band is recording this spring. Things are happening, people!
Daren Taylor fans have been deprived by the drummer being the only member of the band not on Instagram. But weep no more – he has joined the club! Daren’s Instagram account has actually been active for awhile now, but until recently it was set to private. Now that he’s gone public, we anticipate that we’ll have some fun shots of the drummer from which to choose the next time we’re selecting our Top 5 TATEstagrams.
Incidentally, Daren celebrated his 34th birthday on Tuesday. Happy birthday Daren!
In early February, The Airborne Toxic Event took some time out of their jam-packed schedule to swing by Atlanta’s Radio 105.7 for a three-song acoustic set, as part of the radio station’s 404 sessions. Though they seem to have been posted for awhile now, it was just a few days ago that we stumbled across these videos of the full performance, which included “Changing,” “Hell and Back” and “All At Once.” For your viewing pleasure:
Noah Goes Barbershop
Granted, the videos above are lacking a certain “Noah Harmon” quality, as the bassist continues his baby-related leave of absence. But fear not… the bassman has surfaced in – of all things – a barbershop video. No, not a quartet. Like, an actual barbershop. Ah, just watch:
More TATE-y Treats
Our favorite baker was back at it in February. Following up on her previous confectionary creations including the band members’ faces, Noah’s bass, Anna’s viola and Daren’s drum kit in cookie form – not to mention the most phenomenal baby shower cake you’ll ever see, Susan has immortalized Mikel Jollett’s guitar pick as a cookie. Well, I guess technically it was not immortal, since it was consumed shortly thereafter… but you get the point.
Last but not least, we step back to 2010 for the latest edition of Toxic Gold. Not only do we get a killer rendition of “Half of Something Else” courtesy of Julie, we also get Mikel geeking out with some Alexander Hamilton trivia. Happy spring!
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.