Los Toxicos is a monthly feature where we get to know a fan of The Airborne Toxic Event. To nominate a fan (or yourself) for a future month, e-mail us.
Name: Sarah McCullough (@linesofthecars)
Where are you from?
South Jersey, just across the river from Philadelphia.
Tell us about yourself (who you are, what you do for a living, hobbies, etc.).
I’m a 20 year old student, and I study and work part-time at Rowan University. I love to read (TATE book club anybody??) and I love playing music and going to see live music. I’m always trying to become a better writer myself because I admire that so much. I also like to do crafts and make food and coffee and stuff and I’m pretty much an old lady on the inside.
How did you become a fan of The Airborne Toxic Event?
When I was like 12-13 I used to watch music videos on TV every day before school, so I was hooked from the very first time I saw the “Sometime Around Midnight” video. That was also around the time that I started to play guitar. Not only was I captivated by the song, but I was so excited to see a girl in an awesome band, and I’ve truly been obsessed ever since.
Do any of your family or friends like The Airborne Toxic Event? Did you convert them, or did they convert you?
My boyfriend’s a super fan like myself, and we actually met through our obsession with the band. My brother likes them too, and my mom got into them through me. The first few times she heard them she said they sound like The Clash and kinda Springsteen-y, which I thought was cool because she was spot on with a few of their influences.
What does your Airborne Toxic Event collection include?
Several shirts and sweatshirts, CDs, a DVD, vinyl, a setlist, a few picks, some guitar strings. Plus a few things that I’ve made. Always in the market for more though!
What’s your favorite TATE song, and why?
This is the question I was dreading! It truly changes constantly and every album has been my favorite at one point or another. I actually just wrote a paper for my Spanish composition class about “The Lines of the Cars,” and that’s one that I’ve always really liked because of how much I like White Noise too. That, “Half of Something Else” and “Duet” are a few that I haven’t seen live yet but I really want to. Those two would for sure give me goosebumps because they’re just such gorgeous songs. As for album, I think I’ll say their self-titled may be my favorite, but ask me tomorrow and it could totally be a different answer.
Have you ever had a special experience at a TATE concert? Tell us about it.
Aside from the obvious answer of all of them, two in particular come to mind: the Chicago show on the Dope Machines tour, and the Keswick show on the Whisky Machine tour. The Chicago show was like a dream, better than a dream, and I even had fun in line talking to new friends. Plus it was my first time meeting them! The Keswick show makes the list not only because of the Shazam pre-show that I was lucky enough to win my way into, but also because I was able to talk to all of them after like a normal person, which I was too nervous to do before that. I could talk for hours about these two shows, and in fact I’m sure I have.
What’s on your Airborne Toxic Event bucket list?
Ah, still so much! I’d love to see an acoustic show as well as one with an orchestra. There are also several songs that I’m dying to see them play, and if possible I’d love to see them in L.A. and even abroad. And I think I’m too much of a shy nervous wreck to make this happen, but I’d love to let them know just how much their music has meant to me.
Are there any other bands you would recommend that Airborne fans check out?
Definitely My Morning Jacket and The National if they haven’t gotten into those already!