Mid-December is rarely a fertile time for breaking news. Not so this week for fans of The Airborne Toxic Event, who were treated this week to a new music video, five show dates to add to the calendar, and – yes – a new hairstyle for the band’s most fashionable member.
TATE’s Wrong Video a Dream Come True
Mikel Jollett has always maintained that TATE’s success is completely surreal to him, so it’s fitting that the band brings dreams to life in their new video for “Wrong.” Mikel took to social media over the past week to share behind-the-scenes pictures of the making of the video, and to explain the concept behind it:
Most of the shots of this video were meant to inspire the dream-state of a show. How you are so conscious of what you’re doing at the same time you feel kind of like a dream. We wanted these absurd elements thrown in like a typewriter or a child’s toy or a a bowl of milk to suggest the absurdist imagery of dreams. A lot of time was spent matching actual live footage with footage that we shot outside of the show.
The result is a vivid live performance video with an out-of-body twist.
The video was shot at Denver’s Ogden Theatre on Nov. 7, with concert footage captured during the evening performance and many of the fantastical elements shot earlier that day with a select group of fans. The door opening sequence at 3:30 was actually filmed during the show, as seen here courtesy of Stan Silverman:
Dope Machines: Coming February/March
AXS announced the release of the “Wrong” video on their website, and in doing so, they dropped another juicy tidbit. The release window for Dope Machines has been narrowed to a 60-day period: “According to Pete Galli, the band’s manger, Dope Machines will be released in February or March of 2015.”
Granted, we already knew we were looking at early 2015, but more specificity is always appreciated. One would think we’re now inside a month for an official announcement and exact release date.
Of course, in lieu of an album announcement, we’re always prepared to accept more gig news – and we got some of that on Tuesday.
First, the band revealed a pair of January benefit shows through their latest fan mailing, starting with a return to LA:
On January 30th, we’ll be playing a small, exclusive show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles to benefit the Songs for Kids Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing live music into the lives of children suffering from illness or hardship. Learn more about it HERE.
Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 a.m. HERE (link will go live then). NOTE: There will also be 20 VIP tickets available, which include dinner with the band, before the show.
And… as a thank you to our fans in L.A., we’ll also be giving away tickets to this very special event. To qualify for a chance to win, all you have to do is this:
1) Tweet us proof via screenshot that you’ve picked up our song, “Wrong”—be it on iTunes, Amazon, or wherever (@Airborne_Toxic).
2) Make sure to include the hashtag #TATEinLA
Once we get your tweet, we’ll add you to our list of potential winners joining us at the Troubadour in January.
And, because they clearly sensed that I was pining for a TATE show:
Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 a.m. You can get them HERE.
The Vancouver show is a sequel to last January’s performance that benefited the same two foundations – Ashley Dzerigian’s one and only performance with the band.
Later in the day, word leaked that the band has been tapped to open the brand new Newberry Concert Hall in Saratoga Springs, NY on Dec. 17, in a show that fans must win their way into.
And for something a little further afield, The Airborne Toxic Event is also headed to Africa. They’ll be one of four international headliners joining a variety of local acts at this spring’s Freedom Festival, which entails a pair of performances: April 25 in Pretoria and April 27 in Cape Town.
Mikel Takes Over ALT 98.7
On Sunday night, Mikel took the reigns for an hour at ALT 98.7, sharing some of his favorite music and why he loves it. The playlist included:
Abel – The National
I Wanna Kill – Crocodiles
Sometime Around Midnight – The Airborne Toxic Event
Obvious Bicycle – Vampire Weekend
I’ll Be Alright – Passion Pit
I Can Change – LCD Soundsystem
If You Wanna – The Vaccines
Dance, Dance, Dance – Lykke Li
Wrong – The Airborne Toxic Event
The Obvious Child – Paul Simon
Song for Zula – Phosphorescent
Heart Skipped a Beat – The xx
In off-stage news, Mikel got himself into all kinds of hot water with a bunch of racist dicks this week when he hopped aboard the #crimingwhilewhite Twitter train. A sample below; check his profile for much more where this came from.
To all of you isolated racist white dudes: Your time has come to an end. The rest of us are tired of your shit. #CrimingWhileWhite
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) December 4, 2014
12 Days of TATEmas
As we announced last week, we’ve got something special in store for the holidays. Tune in Friday for the start of the 12 Days of TATEmas!
Since it’s a “Wrong” kind of week, here’s a performance of the new single live from Denver, the night before the video shoot.
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.