Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers! If you’re passed out on the couch today sleeping off your tryptophan hangover, take some time to catch up on the latest news from The Airborne Toxic Event, who continue to give us plenty of reasons to be thankful.
The Art of McCartney tribute album was released last week, and with it, The Airborne Toxic Event’s cover of Macca’s “No More Lonely Nights.” Though the album as a whole has been labeled a disappointment by some critics, who by and large feel that there were not enough risks taken, TATE’s contribution has been singled out as an album highlight by The Telegraph’s Neil McCormick, who says of their effort, “The Airborne Toxic Event turn No More Lonely Nights into a sweet alt-rock gem.”
With a new musical direction and a new record label footing the bills, it remains to be seen whether the upcoming Airborne Toxic Event album Dope Machines will spawn any of the bombastic videos that have been a staple of past TATE releases. We certainly hope so, as moreso than with any of the previous albums, acoustic performances of the electronically-produced Dope Machines material would by necessity be radical departures from the studio versions.
It’s always interesting to see a song translated into an entirely different musical language. The mark of a great song is that it remains great when stripped to its barest essentials. Witness “Wrong,” in this just-released video from Airborne’s promotional appearance last month on Columbus’ CD102.5FM:
New song “California” also got the unplugged treatment:
For more videos from the performance, including “Sometime Around Midnight” and a couple interview segments, see our setlist page.
Airborne Readies for the Zombie Apocalypse
On the heels of Mikel, Anna and Adrian’s recent appearance on the Loveline radio program comes the Loveline High Five: a rapid-fire interview in which the three provide off the cuff responses to questions that run the gamut from sex to celebrity crushes to the zombie apocalypse.
After Anna and Adrian revealed their weapons of choice for taking down the zombies, TATE fan Tim Da Monkey (@tdm_now) had some fun imagining what they might look like:
With Steven Chen drawing frequent comparisons to The Walking Dead‘s Glenn Rhee, can a TATE zombie spin-off be far behind?
Fabulous Las Vegas
Though we’re still a few weeks from TATE’s holiday appearance in Las Vegas, Mikel made an early appearance on X107.5 to promote the gig. As usual, he managed to cover an astonishing amount of ground in a brief amount of time, touching on his impressions of the city, his writing background, the songwriting process, the band’s favorite video games to play on the tour bus and his appreciation of TATE’s devoted fans.
Odds ‘n’ Ends
Every seven days, One Week One Band shines light on one under-appreciated artist, sharing a selection of videos, lyrics, photos, interviews and fan reflection on the artist of the week. This week, the face on their Tumblr is The Airborne Toxic Event.
Back in early October, the members of TATE visited the Halloween attraction Terror Behind the Walls at Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary. Details have been hard to come by, but we finally managed to dig up some pictures.
In case you missed it, This Is Nowhere is now on Instagram. Give us a follow for regular doses of Airborne Toxic photography.
And finally, in this week’s Toxic Gold, we see another side of Anna Bulbrook.
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.