Toxicity 79

Posted: July 17, 2015 in Toxicity
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Anna Bulbrook on the set of the Bulls' video shoot for

Anna Bulbrook on the set of the Bulls’ video shoot for “Rumors.” Photo by Julia Lofstrand.

By Glen

It seems I picked a good month to take a bit of a breather, as The Airborne Toxic Event have done the same in the early days of summer. The break will come to an end next week, however, as the band takes the stage for a trio of gigs before month’s end (two of which we’ll be reviewing for you).

Golden Gig

While we wait for the promised additional fall tour dates, one more Airborne gig quietly popped up on the radar recently. One week from tonight, the band will play an acoustic set at The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ. It’s going to be an intimate event, and the only way to be part of it is to win your way in – so take your best shot.

Outlook for Anna’s Summer: Bullish

While her TATE bandmates have stayed off the radar this summer, Anna Bulbrook has been gearing up for big things with her new band, the Bulls. Last night, the Bulls supported the Drowning Men at the latter’s 10th Anniversary show. For Anna’s group, it was a mere warmup for their August residency at The Satellite in LA, where they will play every Monday for a month. (TIN reader Daniel will be providing us with a review of one of the shows, so keep an eye out for that.)

Meanwhile, it surfaced this week that the Bulls are represented by New Community Management, where they share a roster with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, among others. You may recall that Anna has guested with Sharpe on a number of occasions.

Just a couple weeks after the Bulls shot a music video for their newest song “Small Problems,” they found themselves in front of the camera yet again. This time, it was for a surreal looking video for “Rumors,” another track (presumably) from their forthcoming EP. Keep an eye on YouTube!

Studio Rat

Last year, Anna filled Instagram with photos of the home studio she created for her Bulls’ work and side projects. Now, she has provided a different kind of window into that process, sitting down with CM21 to talk about her studio.

Violinist Anna Bulbrook, a member of the Los Angeles rock band Airborne Toxic Event since 2007, saw her side work grow to the point that she had no choice but to create her own workspace, which led to her renting a room at Bedrock L.A. in the city’s Echo Park neighborhood.

Much as her studio space is packed with the tools of a touring musician – mic stands, Fender amps, a small drum kit – it has, more importantly, become her writing and recording workspace. She finds the space has helped her beyond having a convenient place to work on side projects such as the Bulls, a band she leads with Marc Sallis of The Duke Spirit, and her work scoring for visual media.

“Aside from getting a clean signal that isn’t degraded or blown out, [recording] has taught me to think a lot about arranging,” says Bulbrook, who moved into Bedrock in early 2014. “I’m tracking so that I’m able to communicate my ideas to an engineer, so that when I got into a proper studio, I can bang it out.”

She also gave a bit of insight into Airborne’s recording process:

A generation of musicians has grown up with easy-to-use software, beginning in most cases with Apple’s GarageBand and upgrading to ProTools and Logic. “We probably spent too much time using GarageBand,” Bulbrook says of Airborne’s recordings, the last of which, Dope Machines, was largely recorded in band leader Mikel Jollett’s kitchen. “The sound quality is so much higher [in Logic], and there are tools that become available. Those are things you didn’t think about.”

By all accounts, we won’t have to wait too much longer to hear the fruit of all her labors in the studio.

Toxic Inspiration

The Airborne Toxic Event never fails to inspire, and recently the band inspired one of the most riveting pieces of TATE art I have ever seen. Deviant Artist Misfortunee created this masterpiece with the help of a friend, as an anniversary gift for said friend’s boyfriend – TIN reader Matthew.

This original piece of artwork, inspired by The Airborne Toxic Event, was created by Misfortuneee.

This original piece of artwork, inspired by The Airborne Toxic Event, was created by Misfortuneee.

Says the artist:

I did this piece for one of my dear friends anniversary, they have been together for 4 years! Hes really into The Airborne Toxic Event so his girlfriend and I worked together to make this image, it has a bunch of TATE references and he apparently really loves it! I had to wait until the date passed before I posted it on social media so he wouldn’t be spoiled on the gift.

Best of all, it is available for purchase in a variety of sizes and formats at very reasonable prices.

A Very Hoogie Birthday!

A huge (Hooge?) happy birthday earlier this week to our favorite roadie, Hoogie on the Road! You may know Hoogie from such catchphrases as, “Pretty quiet for a rock show,” or from always being there to save Mikel’s neck every time he puts it on the line climbing the rafters or otherwise engaging in foolhardy stunts. Hoogie’s been busy this year on the road with other bands, but we sure hope to see him at an Airborne show in the near future.

Toxic Gold

We closed our last issue with “All for a Woman” from a 2011 Last.FM session. We head back there this week for an acoustic “All I Ever Wanted” (following a brief interview segment). Just a little taste of what’s in store next week at the Golden Nugget!

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. Matt says:

    Thanks again for promoting Katie’s work! I love how welcoming and supporting this group is. Maybe I can convince her to make more. =p

    Liked by 1 person

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