Toxicity 74

Posted: May 14, 2015 in Toxicity
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Steven Chen and Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event get their licks in at the Radio 104.5 Block Party. Photo by Ryan Macchione.

Steven Chen and Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event get their licks in at the Radio 104.5 Block Party. Photo by Ryan Macchione.

By Glen

This week we present an early edition of Toxicity, due to the fact that I’m tied up with a past love the next two days, in the form of the opening two nights of U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour here in Vancouver.

It’s my first time seeing U2 since the unthinkable happened and The Airborne Toxic Event brought their twenty-year reign as my favorite band obsession to an abrupt halt in 2011. And I have to say, as pumped as I am to see them again, it’s a weird feeling. I feel a bit like Tom Hanks’ fiancé when he returns from years missing on Castaway: “Sooo thrilled to see you, couldn’t be happier, but there’s something I need to tell you. This is… awkward. Um, you see… While you were gone, I met this other band…”

By the way, all that wishful thinking about The Airborne Toxic Event opening for U2? Nope. For the first time in two years, U2 will tour without an opener.

Anyway, back to the band you came here to read about!

“California” Music Video Released

In case you missed it on Monday, for the third consecutive week, The Airborne Toxic Event released a new video, this time dropping the official video for current single “California.”

True confession time: “California” is well down the list of my favorite songs from Dope Machines (off the top of my head, it’s probably ninth out of ten). That says more about how much I adore the rest of the album than how I feel about “California,” but still, it wouldn’t have been my preferred choice as one of the top draws of the record.

BUT… I love this video. A lot. In fact, I would say that it moves me more than any of Airborne’s previous videos. Maybe it’s the father’s heart in me that cracks a little every time I see that poor, desperate girl land in a strip club. But really, everything in this video works perfectly: the tone, the color, the threads of stories, the gorgeous shots of the musicians against beautiful and intriguing backdrops, the see of faces… it’s just a home run from top to bottom. And now, with these images burned in my brain, my enjoyment of the song when it comes up on the stereo has increased immensely as well.

Upon releasing the video, Mikel had this to say:

Filmed all over LA and its outskirts, this video is about drought, nostalgia, hope, regret, longing, and so many other things that make this place feel both like home and a half-remembered dream. This is “California.”

Watch: The Airborne Toxic Event Acoustic Set

Last week, The Airborne Toxic Event performed a short acoustic set the night before their appearance at the X96 Big Ass Show, at a pre-party that marked the 20th anniversary of the one-day festival.

X96 has released pro-shot videos of every song that TATE played. Unfortunately I can’t embed the videos here, but click on the links below to view them. Most notable is the stunning rendition of “One Time Thing,” with the distorted bass line that drives the song replaced by Anna’s mesmerizing viola. It gives the song an entirely different flavor that has me yearning for a Bombastic video. And with Mikel announcing here that this will be the next single off the album, the odds of that seem pretty good.

One Time Thing
Hell and Back
Sometime Around Midnight
All I Ever Wanted

Meanwhile, Radio 104.5 provided a glimpse into TATE’s other recent festival appearance, the Summer Block Party, in the form of a short highlight video.

Big Ass Interview Promises Big Ass News

Before The Airborne Toxic Event took the stage at the aforementioned Big Ass Show, they sat down for a chat with X96. In that interview, Mikel promised, “We’re about to make a bunch more announcements. We just did a bunch of things, then we’re gonna go home and in a week we’re going to announce a whole bunch of other things.” While playing it coy, he did admit that it will involve “more pieces of videographic content… maybe even more than one.” Anna chimed in, “We have a history of making videos.” And then Mikel added cryptically:

We’ve been known to gather together in places for large celebrations in which we play music on a raised platform while other people purchase a ticket in order to participate in said event while those events happen in succession across many cities (Anna: “Including this exact amphitheatre”); those sorts of things that we may be announcing at some point soon… but like I said, our manager would be really pissed at us if we actually said what it was.

Seeing as though the interview was filmed five days ago, the big news should be hitting just… about… now. Stay tuned.

Charitable Auction Update

Thank you very much to all who participated in our Airborne Fan Art Auction in support of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation – artists, bidders, buyers, donors and, of course, the band. I’m thrilled to announce that the auction raised $1,000, with an additional $400 donated by TATE fans. My family and I are so appreciative of your generous support! There’s still time to donate if you’d like to support the cause.

Toxic Gold

In anticipation of the impending big news, here’s a look back at one of the many highlights of the Fillmore residency that kicked off last year’s fall tour: “The Fifth Day.”

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.

  1. Tim de Monkey says:

    Funny you’d say that about California, I was feeling the same way but reluctant to say it out loud. That I have a new appreciation for that song are a testament to the TATE teams videography skills and a happy reminder of how I came to be a TATE fan in the first place.

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  2. […] is now six weeks since the band intimated that a major tour announcement was set to be made within a week or so. Thus far, said news has yet to arrive. The delay has some […]


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