Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event, Burlington, 2014. Photo by Ayaz Asif Photography:

Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event, Burlington, 2014. Photo by Ayaz Asif Photography:

By Glen

Happy Dope Machines Day! Well, to those of you who live in Mainland Europe, anyway. You get a head start on the rest of us, who still have a few more days to wait on pins and needles. (Well, except for those of you who live in the UK, anyway. For some reason, you have to wait until April 6.)

Stay tuned to This Is Nowhere for our Dope Machines review coming in the wee hours Tuesday morning, along with a Twitter contest to celebrate the release. Here’s a taste of what we’ve got in store for you…

The Airborne Toxic Event Dope Machines cookies

The European Toxic Event

Our friends across the pond have had to wait an uncharacteristically long time for The Airborne Toxic Event to once again grace their shores. But the wait is over (almost), after the announcement earlier this week of a 10-date European tour to kick off April 7 in Munchen, Germany. All dates save for Amsterdam are on sale now (tickets for that show will be available starting Saturday). Here’s the rundown:

Apr. 7, 2015: Muffathalle, Munchen, Germany
Apr. 8, 2015: C-Club, Berlin, Germany
Apr. 9, 2015: Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
Apr. 11, 2015: Die Werkstatt, Koln, Germany
Apr. 12, 2015: Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, NL
Apr. 14, 2015: Koko, London, UK
Apr. 15, 2015: Sound Control, Manchester, UK
Apr. 16, 2015: Stylus, Leeds, UK
Apr. 18, 2015: Garage, Glasgow, UK
Apr. 19, 2015: Academy, Dublin, Ireland

On their way home from Europe, the band will swing by South Africa for a pair of sets at Freedom Festival. And after that? Well, we’re not sure yet, but the e-mail announcing the European Tour promised “more big news on the way…”

The Airborne Toxic Event Dope Machines run timesDope Machines Teasers and Run Times

Our ongoing quest to find something – anything – new on the album earlier this week didn’t yield much. But, we did discover the length of each song thanks to iTunes, which posted the track times a few days ago. The longest song is “The Thing About Dreams” at 5:33, the shortest is the title track at 3:17, and the full album runs 43:27. This makes Dope Machines The Airborne Toxic Event’s second longest album, about a minute shorter than All At Once (which has an extra song).

Things got more exciting after the album dropped in Europe late Thursday, which resulted in snippets of every song becoming available through a number of European retail websites. The longest clips we’ve found are on iTunes: 90 seconds per song. To hear them, you’ll have to change the country on your iTunes store (scroll to the bottom of your home page and click on the flag; you can then change it to a country where Dope Machines is already out, like, say, Germany.) You won’t be able to buy the tunes if you don’t live there, but you can hear the clips.

I’ll refrain from spoilers except to observe that, to whatever extent one can discern based on short clips (which is to say, don’t take this to the bank), it sounds like the first six songs are very upbeat and infectious, before the album takes a more brooding turn at “My Childish Bride” through to the end. Oh, and if you have any desire to sing along to “The Thing About Dreams” in the future, you’d best sharpen up your falsetto…

Anna Jams for the Holidays

Not sure how this escaped our notice last month, but appropriately-named photographer Bethany Anna posted a photo gallery from WBRU’s Holiday Jam that is heavy on the Anna Bulbrook shots. Check it out here.

Toxic Gold

That’s all we’ve got for you now, but be sure to join us next week for all the Dope Machines fun. In the meantime, here’s a little something to help you wile away the hours: a stripped down “California” from last December in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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.


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