Our last dose of Airborne Toxic Event news for 2014 brings glad tidings for early 2015. Merry Christmas to all!
Dope Machines: Coming Feb. 24?
Though we continue to await an official announcement from either the band or Epic Records, it looks like we’ve got a date to pencil into our calendars for the release of The Airborne Toxic Event’s fourth LP, Dope Machines: February 24. Three online sources have identified that as the big day: Diffuser.FM, Consequence of Sound and The Buffalo News, though it should be noted that All Access has it down for February 17, which I’d imagine would elicit no complaints from anyone reading this blog.
Consequence of Sound lists the available formats as digital, vinyl and cd – good news for those of us who want to add to our TATE vinyl collections.
In setting up the new album, Diffuser.FM has this to say:
Everything changes, and that couldn’t be any truer than for the Airborne Toxic Event and their ever-evolving sound.
Known for their gritty indie rock tunes, the So-Cal band has replaced their guitar riffs and piano-driven melodies for synths — lots of them in their new song, ‘Wrong.’
Taking us back to the ’80s dance scene — like many bands have been doing lately — the quintet explores the mistakes one makes in relationships, and owning up to those wrongdoings. Not only does the band sound different, but they also look more refined and tailored, compared to the past.
‘Wrong’ is a the gateway track to the band’s new approach to their upcoming LP, ‘Dope Machines.’
“We live in a world connected by these dope machines that do all this dope s–t,” frontman Mikel Jollett said in a statement regarding the new album. “And in some ways they enhance us and in others they make us massively lonely and well, dopey.”
Sure, it might take some getting used to, but the Airborne Toxic Event haven’t steered us wrong before. So we’re hopeful that the new material will be something we can really get into.
The Airborne Toxic Event’s new album, ‘Dope Machines,’ hits the streets on Feb. 24 via Epic Records.
Meanwhile, The Buffalo News reiterates comparisons that Mikel Jollett has made to Radiohead’s OK Computer:
This band has been slogging away at it for a good while now, but the buzz about its forthcoming new album, “Dope Machines,” suggests that a major artistic breakthrough is in the offing. In fact, a few pundits have compared the breakthrough represented by this new album to be similar to the one Radiohead made between “The Bends” and the career-defining “OK Computer.” Those are some seriously heavy suggestions, but if the first single “Wrong” offers any indication, these Airborne avengers just might be up to the task. “Dope Machines” drops Feb. 24, but expect a preview during Kerfuffle.
OK Computer is certainly a lofty comparable to cite. It looks like we don’t have much longer to wait to ascertain the accuracy of this claim: a mere 67 more days by my count.
It Would be Wrong Not to Buy it
Public Service Announcement: The music video for “Wrong” is now available in iTunes. Yeah, yeah, you can watch it for free on YouTube, but let’s support the band. Click here to purchase the video.
Steven Chen Adrian Rodriguez This Is Nowhere Stars in Gretsch Ad
A few days ago, Steven Chen proudly revealed that he is featured in a striking new advertisement for Gretsch guitars in this month’s Guitar World Magazine:
Which led to bandmate Adrian Rodriguez hilariously suggesting that he, not Chen, was the real star of the promo piece:
Upon closer inspection, it turns out @adrianbear is not the only one who can play that game.
See that friendly pair peeking out from beneath the neck of Steven’s Gretsch? That would be myself and Julie, two thirds of This Is Nowhere’s writing team.
And not wanting to be left out… that arm? It belongs to our partner-in-crime Jamie. So, basically, I’m thinking I’ll just replace the Gretsch text and turn this into an ad for This Is Nowhere. If only that damn Steven hadn’t gotten in the way of our photo shoot…
Lennon or McCartney?
The Airborne Toxic Event may have recently cut a track for a Paul McCartney tribute album, but does that mean he’s their favorite Beatle? We have an answer – from Mikel, anyway. He’s one of 550 artists to weigh in on the Lennon vs. McCartney issue on a just-released film. Find his answer at the 0:30 mark (take care not to blink, or you’ll miss it).
Good Times and Bad
This week found TATE back on the road for a brief series of holiday shows, starting with Holiday Havoc in Las Vegas, a performance that was beautifully captured by photographer Erik Kabik. A few days later, fans in Charlotte, NC were treated to a TATE first: a live acoustic performance featuring only Mikel and Anna. Lucky dogs. Photographic evidence can be found here.
On the downside, the band was forced to cancel their final performance of the year, scheduled for Dec. 19 in Rochester, on account of a Daren Taylor flu. Best wishes to the Little Drummer Boy for good health over the holidays.
I still can’t get over the fact that “The Winning Side” has found its way back into TATE’s live playlist. Here it is last week at Holiday Havoc:
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.