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The Airborne Toxic Auction

Note on International Shipping Charges: eBay seems to be vastly overestimating shipping charges to destinations outside of the USA. If you are purchasing from Canada or Europe, I will revise your invoice to reflect the true shipping charges once the auction closes. Sorry for the confusion!

Over the past three years, This Is Nowhere has grown into an incredible – and incredibly generous – community of fans of The Airborne Toxic Event. Last spring, we saw what could happen when we joined together to make a difference for a great cause. To my surprise and delight, the first ever This Is Nowhere charitable auction raised $1,000 for individuals with Down syndrome. So… we’re back for round two!

If you’re a longtime reader, you probably know that I have an eleven-year-old daughter with Down syndrome. You probably also know that Becca was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014. The past year and a half has been extraordinarily difficult, but she continues to fight with incredible courage. With ten months of treatment still in front of us, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and are once again imagining Becca’s life post-cancer. She is truly an inspiration – and a TATE fan to boot, as you can see from this video from a few years ago.

In early June, my family and I will be participating in Run Up for Down Syndrome on Becca’s behalf. We are raising funds to support the important work of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, which empowers individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential through customized educational programs and critical research. After Becca finishes kicking cancer’s ass, she’ll become one of DSRF’s hundreds of students, learning the skills that will be critical for her future independence.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I also happen to work for DSRF. But this is much more than just a job to our family – it is an effective and efficient organization that has a tremendous impact in the lives of many families, and we would be proud to support it even if we weren’t part of it.

So, today I’m asking for your help. If you have a few dollars to spare, we would be very thankful for anything you can do to support our efforts. There are two ways to do so:

1. Make a Donation

All donations are fully tax deductible, both in Canada and the U.S. Click here to donate through our fundraising page.

2. Expand Your Airborne Toxic Event Collection

We have joined with some generous friends and fellow fans of The Airborne Toxic Event to put together a unique auction of TATE items that you won’t find anywhere else. This is a chance for you to add some one-of-a-kind Airborne swag to your personal collection. Every penny raised from the sale of these items (above our costs in procuring the items) will be donated to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation.

All artists involved have donated their time, talents and photographic material free of charge, for which we are so grateful.

Below is a description of each item, grouped according to the artist, along with a link to the eBay auction. All items close at 6:00 am PT, April 12.

Good luck, happy bidding, and thank you for your support!


Artist: Claire Stamper

285Item #1: “The Graveyard Near the House” Art Canvas (15×24)

Fine art print of original piece by Claire Stamper, on bright white, fine poly-cotton blend, matte canvas using latest generation Epson archival inks. Individually trimmed and hand stretched museum wrap over 1-1/2″ deep wood stretcher bars. Size: 15×24″. Inspired by the song by Airborne Toxic Event: “So I pictured us like corpses lying side by side in pieces in some dark and lonely plot under a bough. We looked so silly there all decomposed, half turned to dust in tattered clothes, though we probably look just as silly now.”

Minimum Bid: $100

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Tuttle

107Item #2: The Airborne Toxic Event Photo Canvas (16×20)

Canvas print of photograph of Mikel Jollett, Daren Taylor and Adrian Rodriguez of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Ryan Tuttle. Size: 16×20″.

Minimum Bid: $85

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Tuttle

Item #3: Steven Chen Photo Canvas (16×20)106

Canvas print of photograph of Steven Chen of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Ryan Tuttle. Size: 16×20″.

Minimum Bid: $85

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Tuttle

292Item #4: Mikel Jollett and Steven Chen Glossy Photo (12×12)

Glossy print of photograph of Mikel Jollett and Steven Chen of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Ryan Tuttle. Size: 12×12″.

Minimum Bid: $20

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Tuttle

288Item #5: Anna Bulbrook and Adrian Rodriguez Glossy Photo (14×11)

Glossy print of photograph of Anna Bulbrook and Adrian Rodriguez of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Ryan Tuttle. Size: 14×11″.

Minimum Bid: $20

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Tuttle

299Item #6: Anna Bulbrook and Steven Chen Glossy Photo (8×12)

Glossy print of photograph of Anna Bulbrook and Steven Chen of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Ryan Tuttle. Size: 8×12″.

Minimum Bid: $15

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Tuttle

300Item #7: Mikel Jollett Glossy Photo (8×12)

Glossy print of photograph of Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Ryan Tuttle. Size: 8×12″.

Minimum Bid: $15

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Tuttle302

Item #8: The Airborne Toxic Event Glossy Photo (8×12)

Glossy print of photograph of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Ryan Tuttle. Size: 8×12″.

Minimum Bid: $15

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Tuttle

303Item #9: Mikel Jollett Glossy Photo (8×12)

Glossy print of photograph of Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Ryan Tuttle. Size: 8×12″.

Minimum Bid: $15

Click here to bid!


295Photographer: Ryan Tuttle

Item #10: Anna Bulbrook Glossy Photo (8×10)

Glossy print of photograph of Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Ryan Tuttle. Size: 8×10″.

Minimum Bid: $12

Click here to bid!


296Photographer: Ryan Tuttle

Item #11: Anna Bulbrook Glossy Photo (8×10)

Glossy print of photograph of Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Ryan Tuttle. Size: 8×10″.

Minimum Bid: $12

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

287Item #12: Mikel Jollett Photo Canvas (24×36)

Canvas print of photograph of Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Creative Copper Images. Size: 24×36″.

Minimum Bid: $125

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

Item #13: Anna Bulbrook Photo Canvas (12×18)284

Canvas print of photograph of Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Creative Copper Images. Size: 12×18″.

Minimum Bid: $75

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

304Item #14: Mikel Jollett iPhone 5 Case

Hard plastic iPhone 5 protective case with photograph of Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Creative Copper Images.

Minimum Bid: $40

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

286Item #15: Mikel Jollett iPhone 6 Case

Hard plastic iPhone 6 protective case with photograph of Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Creative Copper Images.

Minimum Bid: $40

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

105Item #16: The Airborne Toxic Event Glossy Photo (16×20)

Glossy print of photograph of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Creative Copper Images. Size: 16×20″.

Minimum Bid: $30

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

293Item #17: Steven Chen Glossy Photo (12×12)

Glossy print of photograph of Steven Chen of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Creative Copper Images. Size: 12×12″.

Minimum Bid: $20

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

289Item #18: Mikel Jollett Glossy Photo (12×18)

Glossy print of photograph of Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Creative Copper Images. Size: 12×18″.

Minimum Bid: $25

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

290Item #19: Mikel Jollett Guitar Glossy Photo (12×18)

Glossy print of photograph of Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event (guitar closeup). Photo by Creative Copper Images. Size: 12×18″.

Minimum Bid: $25

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

291Item #20: Steven Chen Glossy Photo (12×18)

Glossy print of photograph of Steven Chen of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Creative Copper Images. Size: 12×18″.

Minimum Bid: $25

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

301Item #21: Daren Taylor Glossy Photo (8×12)

Glossy print of photograph of Daren Taylor of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Creative Copper Images. Size: 8×12″.

Minimum Bid: $15

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

297Item #22: Daren Taylor Glossy Photo (8×10)

Glossy print of photograph of Daren Taylor of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Creative Copper Images. Size: 8×10″.

Minimum Bid: $12

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

298Item #23: Anna Bulbrook Glossy Photo (8×10)

Glossy print of photograph of Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Creative Copper Images. Size: 8×10″.

Minimum Bid: $12

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Creative Copper Images

294Item #24: Adrian Rodriguez Glossy Photo (8×10)

Glossy print of photograph of Adrian Rodriguez of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Creative Copper Images. Size: 8×10″.

Minimum Bid: $12

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Macchione; Donated by Kristina Lee

096Item #25: Mikel Jollett Playing Cards

Deck of glossy playing cards (including Jokers) with photograph of Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event on the back. Plastic storage case included. Photo by Ryan Macchione.

Minimum Bid: $30

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Macchione; Donated by Kristina Lee

098Item #26: Mikel Jollett Glossy Poster (24×36)

Glossy Poster featuring Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event. Size: 24×36″. Photo by Ryan Macchione.

Minimum Bid: $50

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Macchione; Donated by Kristina Lee

097Item #27: Steven Chen Photo Puzzle (252 pc.)

252-piece photo puzzle featuring Steven Chen of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Ryan Macchione.

Minimum Bid: $40

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Macchione; Donated by Kristina Lee

095Item #28: Mikel Jollett and Anna Bulbrook Mouse Pad

Mouse Pad featuring Mikel Jollett & Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Ryan Macchione.

Minimum Bid: $15

Click here to bid!


Photographer: Ryan Macchione; Donated by Kristina Lee

099Item #29: The Airborne Toxic Event Mug Set (5 mugs, 11 oz)

Set of 5 (11 oz) mugs, each featuring a different member of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photos by Ryan Macchione.

Minimum Bid: $60

Click here to bid!


Artist: Tim de Monkey; Donated by Grip or Token

Items #30-31: The Airborne Toxic Event “Moonshine and Cheap Ass Wine” Tote Bag

Tote bag featuring original artwork inspired by The Airborne Toxic Event song “One Time Thing” (moonshine and cheap ass wine). Artwork applied with heat press vinyl. Snaps closed. Size: 14x16x5″.

Minimum Bid: $20 (2 bags available)

Click here to bid: Bag 1 | Bag 2


Artist: Tim de Monkey; Donated by Grip or Token

FullSetItems #32-33: Set of 12 Airborne Toxic Event Buttons (1.25″, with pin backs)

Set of a dozen Airborne Toxic Event buttons with pin backs. Please note, each button is unique; some minor additional cropping may occur in production. Size: 1.25″.

Minimum Bid: $15 (2 sets available)

Click here to bid: Set 1 | Set 2


Artist: Stephanie Rae

Item #34: The Airborne Toxic Event “The Graveyard Near the House” Vinyl Wall Decals

Vinyl wall decals featuring lyric from The Airborne Toxic Event song “The Graveyard Near the House: “If you die before I die I’ll carve your name out of the sky.” Size: 67 cm wide. Winner can select their color.

Minimum Bid: $10

Click here to bid!


Artist: Wendy and Tim Steele

umbrellaItems #34-35: The Airborne Toxic Event Hand-Painted Umbrellas

Original hand-painted umbrella featuring the wounded bird symbol of The Airborne Toxic Event. Painted by Wendy and Tim Steele. Please note, because each umbrella is painted by hand, details may vary slightly.

Minimum Bid: $50

Click here to bid: Umbrella 1 | Umbrella 2

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Yesterday, we released the results of the 2015 Airborne Toxic Event Fan Survey, compiling the data collected from 320 raving TATE fans. But if 63 pie charts and bar graphs are too much for you, today we’ve got something a little easier on the eyes.

Kelly Milligan, TIN reader and graphic designer extraordinaire, has combined her talents and our nerdiness to produce this gorgeous infographic poster presenting key findings of the survey in a visually striking format.

Kelly has very generously made the poster available to all Airborne fans free of charge. To download a printable version measuring 9.5 x 21.23″, click here. Thank you Kelly for all the work you put into this amazing piece!

The Airborne Toxic Event Fan Survey 2015 Infographic

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.

The Airborne Toxic Event digital painting by Keith Thompson, based on a photo by Creative Copper Images

The Airborne Toxic Event digital painting by Keith Thompson, based on a photo by Creative Copper Images

By Glen

Over the past two years, we’ve been fortunate to build a faithful following here at This Is Nowhere, and to watch an incredible little community grow out of our shared love of The Airborne Toxic Event. It’s been a privilege to get to know so many of you – whether in person at shows, or just virtually as we enjoy the band together online.

From time to time, readers ask us what they can do to support the website. Though we very much appreciate the generous sentiment, I’ve always been content to run the website out of my own pocket. We’re happy to provide all our content and giveaways free of charge, and have no intention of changing that.

However, we got to thinking… perhaps we could put this community to good use and join together to make a difference for a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.

If you’re a longtime reader, you probably know that I have a ten-year-old daughter with Down syndrome. You probably also know that this has been an extraordinarily difficult year for us, as Becca was diagnosed with leukemia last October. In the sixth months since then, we have spent over 80 nights in hospital as she fights this cursed disease with a courage that surpasses anything I have ever imagined possible. She is truly an inspiration – and a TATE fan to boot!

Next month, my family and I will be participating in Run Up for Down Syndrome on Becca’s behalf. We are raising funds to support the important work of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, which empowers individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential through customized educational programs and critical research. DSRF has been instrumental in Becca learning to read, and we look forward to continuing that work after she’s done beating cancer.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I also happen to work for DSRF. But this is much more than just a job to us – it is an effective and efficient organization that has a tremendous impact in the lives of many families, and we would be proud to support it even if we weren’t part of it.

So, today I’m asking for your help. If you have a few dollars to spare, we would be very thankful for anything you can do to support our efforts. There are two ways to do so:

1. Make a Donation

All donations are fully tax deductible, both in Canada and the U.S. Click here to donate through our fundraising page.

2. Add to Your Airborne Toxic Event Collection

We have joined with some generous friends and fellow fans of The Airborne Toxic Event to put together a unique auction of TATE items that you won’t find anywhere else. This is a chance for you to add some one-of-a-kind (or in some cases, two-of-a-kind) Airborne swag to your personal collection. Most of the items have been signed by the band, for which we are extremely grateful. Every penny raised from the sale of these items will be donated to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation – all artists involved have donated their time and talents free of charge.

Below is a description of each item, along with a link to the eBay auction.

The Airborne Toxic Event (Mikel Jollett and Anna Bulbrook) digital painting by Keith Thompson, based on a photo by Creative Copper Images

The Airborne Toxic Event (Mikel Jollett and Anna Bulbrook) digital painting by Keith Thompson, based on a photo by Creative Copper Images

Item #1: Digital Painting of The Airborne Toxic Event’s Mikel Jollett and Anna Bulbrook

This artwork was created digitally by talented Irish artist and Airborne fan Keith Thompson, based on a wonderful photograph by Jennifer McInnis of Creative Copper Images. It has been professionally printed on a 30×20″ canvas (1.5″ thick) that will make a stunning centerpiece for any TATE display!

Minimum Bid: $150

Click here to bid!

The Airborne Toxic Event umbrella, hand painted by Tim and Wendy Steele

The Airborne Toxic Event umbrella, hand painted by Tim and Wendy Steele

Items #2 and 3: The Airborne Toxic Event Hand Painted Umbrella (Autographed)

These two umbrellas (one of which was donated by Jennifer Largent) were hand painted by TATE fans Tim and Wendy Steele. The Airborne Toxic Event generously signed them when the band played in Denver this spring. Be prepared for all these buckets of rain!

Minimum Bid: $75

Click here to bid: Umbrella 1 | Umbrella 2

The Airborne Toxic Event rain poncho, hand painted by Tim and Wendy Steele

The Airborne Toxic Event rain poncho, hand painted by Tim and Wendy Steele

Item #4: The Airborne Toxic Event Hand Painted Rain Poncho (Autographed)

This rain poncho was donated and hand painted by TATE fans Tim and Wendy Steele. The Airborne Toxic Event generously signed it when the band played in Denver this spring. Be prepared for all these buckets of rain!

Minimum Bid: $75

Click here to bid!

The Airborne Toxic Event autographed gas masks

The Airborne Toxic Event autographed gas masks

Items #5 and 6: The Airborne Toxic Event Autographed Gas Masks

These two gas masks were donated by Tim and Wendy Steele. The Airborne Toxic Event generously signed them when the band played in Denver this spring. Protect yourself from any airborne toxins that may come your way!

Minimum Bid: $75

Click here to bid: Gas Mask 1 | Gas Mask 2

Item #7: The Airborne Toxic Event Framed Photo/Mug Package – $150 Value

Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event gets his Springsteen on at the Rock 104.5 Block Party. Photo by MacPhotographers.com.

Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event gets his Springsteen on at the Rock 104.5 Block Party. Photo by MacPhotographers.com.

This package, generously donated by Kristina Lee, includes $150 worth of Airborne Toxic Event photographic products from MacPhotographers.com. We recommend a 10×25″ print of the Mikel Jollett seen here, mounted and framed in a glassless box frame, and a ceramic mug with Mikel Jollett image; however, you will be free to choose your TATE images and products from the MacPhotographers collection, up to a total value of $150. Free shipping.

Minimum Bid: $100

Click here to bid!

Items #8-17: The Airborne Toxic Event 15″ Ceramic Mug

Kristina Lee has generously donated ten 15″ white ceramic mugs with the Mikel Jollett image seen here, from MacPhotographers.com. Free shipping.

Minimum Bid: $15

Click here to bid: Mug 1 | Mug 2 | Mug 3Mug 4Mug 5Mug 6Mug 7Mug 8Mug 9Mug 10

Good luck, happy bidding, and thank you for your support!

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.

The Airborne Toxic Event, MissyBy Yules

How did it all begin?

It seems like I haven’t got much of a story to tell you all, really – I’m a relatively young fan. I’ve not lived enough of life to know that much about it. I only have a few, if any, truly profound experiences in my life up to now, but still, I’d like to share this with you.

My story is a story about imagination. And, well, music. Being that you’re reading this here.

Music, I found, was a way of pretty much losing myself, of celebrating little things in life and telling short stories in just a few minutes. Aged 12, I’d boldly claimed that I hated all music. Five years later, armed with an iPod, I was a changed woman.

Aged 17 – insert “Gasoline” jokes here – I discovered Airborne.

It began in a bizarre way; somewhere I’d glimpsed a strange name belonging to a strangely named band, and found myself on iTunes listening to the preview of Track 1. I liked Track 1 and bought that and loved it even more after listening in full – but the rest was untouched. It was only towards the end of that year that I returned for a few more tracks.

I turned 18 in early 2015, and within a week, I had bought my first two complete, physical albums. Ever. I’d never found a reason to before – digital albums on iTunes were in themselves a rarity for me – but this time, the whole thing was damn worth it. Something clicked and that was all I listened to for weeks.

It was insane.

What began with “Wishing Well” became a mad cascade. Mad, but absolutely beautiful.

**********

How did that all begin?

The first cut was probably made some years ago; the first time I learned to hold a craft scalpel in school and felt that strange plastic handle press firm into my fingertips. I wondered how sharp the blade itself was, if only pressing on a bit of plastic was already causing such discomfort. My fingers were numbed quickly.

I wasn’t very good at this… paper-cutting lark. The first cuts were probably a mess, to the point where I’m glad I’ve forgotten them. But… it was all a sort of beginning, way back then. I wasn’t much good, but that was only the start.

But now, let’s fast forward. It’s 2015. Tour announcement.

The one thing I was sure of was that I had to go and see this damn band; the tickets came out and the ticket was bought within the hour.

I was already repeating tracks and albums and shamelessly humming and whistling sections of melodies. From the introduction of that very first song, to the extravagance of “All At Once” and “The Fifth Day” and the simple beauty of “Graveyard…” (Confession: I genuinely cried the first couple of times I listened to “The Graveyard Near The House.”) Even the new release hasn’t failed in my books; far from it, and Songs of God and Whiskey is also a delight.

The Airborne Toxic Event, The Graveyard Near the House

With everything, I loved whatever the band threw at me. Lyrics, vibes, string-section flourishes.

And that’s how the images came.

The Airborne Toxic Event, Strangers

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How did this all begin?

Have you ever listened to a song and felt like there was a cinema in the back of your head?

That’s what it felt like to me. Airborne wasn’t the first band to play their ‘five minute feature’ to me, but they were definitely significant.

I imagined strange scenes, like animations. Silhouettes, black-and-white dances, rising and falling in and out of nowhere, flowers and storms and dreams and broken glass… Take “The Fifth Day” and imagine strangeness and darkness for hours and hours; then a pause, then move the curtain, and let everything be light. Take “All I Ever Wanted” and picture it: a steely firearm in your hands, and clutch your weapon tighter, and be brave, and oust your demons from existence.

It sounds cliché, but it’s all there.

I was bored in class one day, and began to draw, and realised what I was seeing on paper. I realised that the things I could not animate could come alive in another way.

I thought of the artists I’d Googled years ago, in search of art class inspiration. I thought of the simple images I needed to show and the words that came with them, soft and beautiful and sharp and twisting and fantastic.

I had a paper knife and a cutting mat.

Perfect.

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I posted my first piece on Twitter in March. It was an impulsive image, one that had emerged in my head in the middle of that day. What had begun as a pair of birds doodled in a moment of boredom had grown and developed into a small piece of lyric art.

The Airborne Toxic Event's "Chains"

The song was “Chains.” Why? It just happened to be in my head at the time, I guess. It took a few hours to complete, from planning to rough sketch to execution. I was rusty, having not cut paper for a while, but I was proud of what I’d achieved.

That same evening, I logged on to read the next post about the songs of Dope Machines.

I did not realise how significant Mikel’s final paragraph about ‘Something You Lost’ was until I saw an isolated sentence again the following day.

It justhit me.

I dreamt. That evening, I realised that the quote needed to be cut out.

The following day, on Friday evening, work began. Work ended on Sunday, and after some conflict with the scanner – ‘dope machines’ indeed – it was ready. I posted on Sunday night.

The Airborne Toxic Event's "Something You Lost"

24 hours later, it had received what to me was significant attention. I’d been a nobody.

I was in shock.

This messy, imperfect thing had been seen. And there were compliments. Even the band had retweeted.

I couldn’t believe it.

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I took up the knife again the day after. From the conception of the twin birds of “Chains” to the frustration behind cutting out the letter ‘S’ multiple times, the letters had all passed through my head. I had more images inside.

The Airborne Toxic Event, The Storm

I was in personal awe of the things I was doing. I was putting blade to paper to cutting mat, dreaming and for once, realising these strange, silhouetted visions. There was hope yet of me expressing the strange fantasies that circled around my head as I heard a song play.

I’d had the words and now I had the pictures. It was delightful. Perfect, imperfect, I was getting things out. Dreaming on paper. Realising those dreams. Being on fire inside; somehow enjoying the numb, calloused fingertips and harsh plastic in my hands.

There’s something about expressing yourself. It’s a feeling of happiness.

The Airborne Toxic Event, Time to be a Man

What began as something small grew into an intense but amusing project.

I decided to challenge myself; I thought I’d do as many papercuts as I could before I saw TATE for the first time in mid-April. Weeks of work later, and an ugly callus staining my finger, I settled for 10 images. There were far more mental images and far more songs to portray, but for now, it was all I could do.

The final image, unlike the others, lacked words and incorporated a shocking burst of colour. It was posted at the appropriate time of 12am, on the day of the show I was to attend.

The Airborne Toxic Event's "Sometime Around Midnight"

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The show itself. I was nervous about it for weeks; nervous to the minute. Nervous about anything and everything. I went with it.

Hours later, after the end, I came away smiling like a fool (also sweaty as hell – but with two autographs and some conversations!) having learned three things:

  1. The band is fantastic live.
  2. Do not be afraid – everything is definitely worth it.
  3. The fans I met are proof that I am part of a family of sorts.

…and of course, I wasn’t an ‘Airborne virgin’ any more. The stupid, awkward fears I’d had before now lay slain behind me.

The Airborne Toxic Event, Timeless

Through showing my art and jumping into the full experience, I am definitely reassured. I am one of thousands of fans, many of whom attend shows, and a number of whom contribute to this blog. I seriously don’t know how I’d feel about showing my work to the online world without all of this wonderful company and the knowledge that there are other enthusiasts out there. Others mad and much, much madder.

And you know what? It’s great to be mad.

So thank you for giving me the courage to create and submit my work and to share it all with you. Thank you for the kind words and the encouragement. Thank you to the concertgoers and the blog writers and the reviewers and the photographers and all of the rest. Thank you all.

Is this true love? Well, I don’t know. It’s just my best guess.

What I do know is that the first show, just like the first cut and the first song, is only the beginning.

The Airborne Toxic Event, The Fall of Rome

The Airborne Toxic Event, Boonstock Music Festival, Penticton, BC, Aug. 1, 2014. Photo by TATE fan Elva.

The Airborne Toxic Event, Boonstock Music Festival, Penticton, BC, Aug. 1, 2014. Photo by TATE fan Elva.

By Glen

Deep breath………

The final weeks of summer find fans of The Airborne Toxic Event living in an “in between” state. The avalanche of TATE news that unexpectedly rumbled through a couple weeks ago has subsided, giving way to a calm that should last no more than a few weeks before things really ramp up again, what with the fall tour and a new single set to drop very soon. This gives us a chance to slow down and share a few TATE tidbits that fell by the wayside amongst the early-August hullabaloo.

Toxic Resources

Ever get frustrated trying to find that one TATE interview you once stumbled upon in the morass that is YouTube? Yeah, us too. Which is why we’re excited to announce that This Is Nowhere has branched out into Youtube with a new channel dedicated to all things Airborne.

Not only does this give us a place to upload our own videos that we capture at shows, but we’re also hoping to bring some order to the TATE video universe. Thus far, we’ve created eight playlists:

  • Toxic History: documentaries and video blogs
  • Live TATE (Pro Quality): live performances recorded by official sources
  • TATE Interviews: interviews with the band or its individual members
  • TATE Covers: acoustic covers released by the band
  • TATE Music Videos (Official): officially released music videos
  • TATE Bombastic Videos: officially released bombastic (acoustic) videos
  • TATE in 3 Words: fan-made videos from This Is Nowhere’s #TATEin3Words project
  • TATE Gig Footage: live performances recorded by fans in the audience

At this point we are barely scratching the surface of what you’ll eventually be able to find through our channel. The Covers, Music Videos, Bombastic and TATE in 3 Words playlists are all complete; the others are a bit of a hodgepodge and very much a work in progress. But in the coming weeks, months and years, the collection will only continue to grow, with new playlists added as needed.

Another great resource was provided by our friend Elva, who sent us this handy dandy listing of all uses of Airborne music in TV and film. *Trivia Question: Guess which TATE song has been used the most on screen? Find the answer below – no cheating!

Finally, for you Reddit users, TATE fan and This Is Nowhere reader Tegan has started an Airborne Toxic Event subreddit. Abstract Toxic EventCheck it out!

Toxic Art

Earlier this summer I purchased an awesome original painting: “Abstract Toxic Event” – an abstract rendering of TATE’s debut album cover that now hangs proudly on my office wall, where it elicits frequent compliments from co-workers and visitors alike. Now, you can purchase prints of this gorgeous piece – or better yet, get it on a throw pillow, iPad case, card or tote bag!

And speaking of cool fan art, This Is Nowhere reader Shyra caught our eye with this stunning birthday drawing she created for the friend who was responsible for introducing her to The Airborne Toxic Event. Amazingly well done, @LadyRabin! (P.S. It just happens to be my birthday today, in case you feel so inclined… JK/LOL.)

Toxic Gold

Last week we brought you “Dope Machines” from Lollapalooza; this week we present “California,” the second song from TATE’s upcoming fourth album. Which of the new tunes do you love more? Let us know in the comments below!

*The answer to today’s trivia question is “Changing,” which has been used eight times, being heard on such notable shows as Suits, Gossip Girl, 90210, Vampire Diaries and Fringe, as well as in the trailer for the film Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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.