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Amanda with Anna Bulbrook

Amanda with Anna Bulbrook

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: Amanda Brown (@AmandaSpeaking… but I hardly ever use Twitter)

Where are you from?

I am from Chester County, PA among the cornfields, Amish families and a whole lot of nothingness. I moved to Philadelphia, PA after graduating from culinary school and love living in the city. It is such a contrast to where I grew up. I love going home to visit though. It is honestly the best of both worlds.

Tell us about yourself (who you are, what you do for a living, hobbies, etc.).

I went to culinary school and was hired by a catering company right after graduation. I have been with the company for 8 years now and I love it. It leaves little time for a social life and no time for “hobbies” so I have created both in discovering a love for live music and dancing. I have found that concerts, music festivals and even local bar gigs are excellent places to meet amazing new friends.

Amanda reminds Mikel Jollett that she is not 9-years-old.

Amanda reminds Mikel Jollett that she is not 9-years-old.

How did you become a fan of The Airborne Toxic Event?

My brother had an album or two and passed it down to me in a bundle of musical suggestions (I usually come to him when I grow bored of my current music inventory). I really liked a few songs. When they came to Philadelphia in 2014, we both went to go see them. I was a brand new baby fan and knew next to nothing about them except that I really loved “Elizabeth.” We were standing in line outside of the Electric Factory and a guy came out to hang with us so I asked my brother who he was. He didn’t know so I was quickly looking up “The Airborne Toxic Event” on google image to try and figure out if he was in the band. I wasn’t fast enough. “Hey, I’m Mikel. Thanks for coming out to the show! What song do you really want to hear tonight?” I hoped and prayed that he was a member of Airborne and not of the opening band (In The Valley Below) and just grinned and replied simply with “Elizabeth” and a handshake. I was too embarrassed to think to ask for a picture, so thank goodness my brother thought of it.

I wish I knew how much my life would change that night. I fell in love with not just Airborne, but with music all together. I felt things I have never felt before and my heart was opened to a world I never dreamed of existing. I can’t explain or describe what it was that shifted in me that night, but I am sure you all know. All Airborne fans know that something secret, something special that cannot be described except as “magical” that happens when you are in their presence. It was life altering for me because I didn’t love them before that night. And then, all of a sudden, I was madly in love. And I was so late to the game. Noah was gone, Adrian had just started, I knew none of the names of any of the band members or any of the words to any of the songs and barely knew any song titles. But I was in love. And I hit the ground running.

Amanda and Mikel

Amanda and Mikel

Do any of your family or friends like The Airborne Toxic Event?

My brother whom I mentioned before likes them, but he isn’t crazy for them. My family (and most of my friends) think I have gone off the deep end after that October 3, 2014 show when I first met TATE. They just shake their head and wonder if I am off my rocker. My boss staged a (friendly, half joking) intervention one day because she thought I was actually insane. People have stopped following me on social media because they say, “All you post about is that band with the weird name” But I don’t mind. I just made new friends.

Airborne shows are GREAT for meeting some pretty amazing people. I have made lifelong friends while waiting in lines for hours and hours to get barrier for shows. One convinced me at the last minute to book a flight to the west coast to follow them through the end of their last tour and offered her hotel room for me to stay in every night because my bank account was flatlined. “Follow your dreams” she said. It was the best thing I have ever done on my life. I met Brooke (who nominated me!) on my west coast adventure and we discovered immediately that we were kindred spirits and were clearly meant to cross paths. She and I are the best of friends and never in a thousand years would have met if it weren’t for Airborne. (‘Cause it’s true love!) Some of my closest friends are ones I have made through Airborne. Soulmates to say the least. So, short answer: yes.

Did you convert them, or did they convert you?

I have yet to convert anyone to the extent of “Loving” them. I like making mix cd’s for my friends (I know, I’m stuck in 2006 still) and I always slip a TATE song or two in there. I am working on my dad right now. I think It was Mikel who converted me. Mikel and company.

What does your Airborne Toxic Event collection include?

I have all the albums, of course, and a poster of the 2014 tour, picks from all the boys (minus Noah) and even an Anna pick (!), 5 setlists, t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, countless pictures and an infinity of memories.

What’s your favorite TATE song and album, and why?

I absolutely refuse to pick a favorite song. It simply cannot be done. Each album is truly my favorite in some way or another. It is extremely difficult to narrow it down to just one as an ultimate favorite.

Gun to my head though, I would have to go with All At Once if only because of the raw and undefiled emotion laced within the lyrics of each and every song. Each song is such a story and the lyrics paired with the melodies have a magical way of just scooping your soul up and carrying you with them down the roads the songs are flowing through. That being said, and having declared All At Once as my final answer, I must add that since I was such a late bloomer to the game, Dope Machines (and SOGAW) was the first album that I got to experience the release of. Also, I wasn’t really in any kind of relationship with music before discovering Airborne so this was my first everything. First time waiting with held breaths and sheer excitement for the release of the album cover, the setlist, the drop date, the pre-order, the package in the mail containing my first autographed album… and the surprise SOGAW drop… I thought I was going into heart failure. I remember being at the laundromat and falling to the floor when I got the email that there was a surprise additional album being released with Dope Machines. So, obviously, Dope/Whiskey has a special place in my heart too.

Have you ever had a special experience at a TATE concert?

At Irving Plaza in NY, Mikel once stopped in the middle of a song and pointed at me and said, “What are you, 9!? Do you even know what we are singing about?” Then he pointed to my friend next to me and said, “Make sure you explain all this to her at some point of her life. Make sure she understands.” He continued the song and then stopped again at another point to make some other banter or joke about my age and then came down to hug me afterwards and asked my real age. Anna also came running up to me after the show and apologized profusely. She said that she covered her face and backed away from the stage as he was speaking and told him later once they were backstage, “Mikel! We know her! She is NOT 9!” I didn’t mind one bit. We all got a good laugh, some funny pictures and a great story out of it.

What’s on your Airborne Toxic Event bucket list?

All I ever want is for them to keep touring. That would be enough for me. I also want a tattoo at some point. I have committed to the decision, but am having worlds of trouble trying to figure out what and where. It’s like trying to pick a favorite song. I just don’t think I can do it! I would settle for a European tour though.

Are there any other bands you would recommend that Airborne fans check out?

My taste in music is pretty eclectic. Through Airborne, I have grown to also love Kodaline and In The Valley Below but I am not usually drawn to Airborne-type music which really surprises me. I like more of an upbeat, dance-y tune like Matt and Kim, Awolnation and Robyn. I have recently gotten into some new-ish bands: Jackson Breit, Jeremy Loops and Christine and the Queens as current obsessions. They are all good, however none of these resemble Airborne very much at all. So I wouldn’t be offended or surprised if not one soul reading this would be into them, ha.

Amanda and The Airborne Toxic Event

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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.

Sarah with The Airborne Toxic Event

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!

Sarah's Airborne Toxic Creations

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!

Sarah's TATE jacket

Randy with Steven Chen and Adrian Rodriguez of The Airborne Toxic Event in Reno, NV

Randy with Steven Chen and Adrian Rodriguez of The Airborne Toxic Event in Reno, NV

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: Randy Ramsey (@randymanramsey)

Where are you from?

Williston, ND (via Metaline Falls, WA)

Tell us about yourself (who you are, what you do for a living, hobbies, etc.).

I’m Randy Ramsey, 40 years old. Married 14 years with 3 kids, son Jaydis (10) daughters Maleah (8) and Tyleigh (6).

I’m a field engineer for an oil and gas service company in the North Dakota oil fields. My family takes priority over everything in life, but when time allows music and sports are my passions. My wife and I are big UFC fans and have attended 5 fights in Vegas. We love to travel and if we can squeeze in a concert, even better.

It was great meeting some amazing people in Reno (Glen, Thomas and Katie, Kenny, Brooke, Amanda) and forging friendships with others who love the band as much as I do. I regret not going to the Sacramento show. Almost everyone I had met offered me a ride there.

How did you become a fan of The Airborne Toxic Event?

I’m a latecomer to The Airborne Toxic Event party. I’m sure it was in 2012… my introduction, like most, was “Sometime Around Midnight.” I’d heard it on AltNation one night out on a drilling rig. The only line I could remember the next morning was, “You look like you’ve seen a ghost.” I googled the lyric and the rest is history. Instantly hooked. I purchased all the music I could find.

Do any of your family or friends like The Airborne Toxic Event? Did you convert them, or did they convert you?

My daughters Tyleigh (6) and Maleah aka Missy (8) love Airborne Toxic. My son Jaydis (10) likes all music including Airborne. I wouldn’t say he’s on the same level as the girls. My wife Dolly, not so much. Her and I have totally different taste in music. I can guarantee that if I like it, she won’t. She’s into country and hip hop. And I’m into GOOD music.

What does your Airborne Toxic Event collection include?

A couple of shirts, a signed setlist, ticket stub and wristband from the Reno show, and pictures from hanging out after the show.

What’s your favorite TATE song, and why?

Too hard to choose. Right now my favorite is Songs of God and Whiskey. Favorite song has got to be “Missy” (live) because I love hearing my daughters sing along to it.

I think part of the appeal to Airborne Toxic is the lyrics. It really is poetry. The detail in the songwriting, the emotion. I pay attention to lyrics in songs, and hands down the music is brilliant.

Randy with Daren Taylor of The Airborne Toxic Event in Reno, NV

Randy with Daren Taylor of The Airborne Toxic Event in Reno, NV

Have you ever had a special experience at a TATE concert? Tell us about it.

As soon as the Reno show ended, Daren was collecting the setlists. I saw what he was doing and yelled his name. He looked at me, held his hand up and gestured, “Give me a sec…” After collecting all the setlists he reach over the stage and gave me one. I asked if I could get them signed and he told me to come around the back.

He was a man of his word. Also got Steven and Adrian and Anna to sign. This was the night Mikel was sick and went AWOL right after the concert.

When Steven and Adrian signed it, I asked them if they were going to the afterparty at the club across the street. They said they were and to come say hi.

Myself and a couple other fans were waiting for Anna and Mikel to come out (not knowing that he was gone for night). Anna come out, talked and took pictures with fans. As she signed my setlist she asked if I had seen where Steven, Daren, and Adrian had gone. I told her they had said they were going to the club for the afterparty. I walked across the street with her (and a couple other fans). Entered the party. Chatted with the guys from Sir Sly for a few minutes. Bought Steven and Adrian and Daren a couple rounds. Steven kept thanking me for the drinks and stated he didn’t have any cash on him because he didn’t go back to his room after the show. I told him it was no problem, it was my honor to buy them drinks.

Randy and Steven at the afterparty.

Randy and Steven at the afterparty.

It was very loud in the club and we all left. When we got outside a couple other guys recognized Adrian and Steven. One was a band member from Zella Day, the other was from Cold War Kids (both bands were playing the next night at Cargo). We walked around downtown Reno for a bit. We lost Daren. Hit a liquor store. Walked around more. Found Daren. It was surreal. We finally made our way back to Cargo. Hung out some more.

Steven told me a couple stories that night. I won’t share them but if you get a chance to meet him and hang out ask him about the keyboard that they built into the junked piano. And how everyone hated it (except Mikel). And ask him about their night in Vancouver, BC, the bar and police.

What’s on your Airborne Toxic Event bucket list?

To get them to play a show in North Dakota.

Are there any other bands you would recommend that Airborne fans check out?

Augustines (formerly called We Are Augustines). They are probably the second most played on my iPod. Here’s a little sample…

I’m also a huge Killers fan, and they’re a great live show if you ever get the chance to see them.

A shot from Reno:

Mikel Jollett, Steven Chen and The Airborne Toxic Event under the neon lights of Reno. Photo by Randy.

Mikel Jollett, Steven Chen and The Airborne Toxic Event under the neon lights of Reno. Photo by Randy.

Mikel the Chagrined meets Megan the Shy

Mikel the Chagrined meets Megan the Shy

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.

Megan with Steven Chen of The Airborne Toxic Event

Megan with Steven Chen of The Airborne Toxic Event

Name: Megan the Shy

Where are you from?

I was born in Chico, CA; we moved to SoCal when I was 3.

Tell us about yourself (who you are, what grade you are in, hobbies, etc.).

In March I’ll be 12 and in August I’ll be in 7th grade. I’m a competitive gymnast; last year I took 2nd all around at worlds for my age and division. I love gymnastics, running and basketball. I love music. TATE is my number one band and on my way to gymnastics competitions we blast Queen. I used to surf but then I saw Shark Week so now I snowboard, my dad and I have been going up to Big Bear for the last few years. And I like to sleep.

The Airborne Toxic Event does not have a lot of fans your age. How did you discover them, and what do you like about them?

My mom was streaming TATE at Peavey Hollywood so we watched it together. But my dad introduced my mom after he saw them on Letterman. I like that they cuss and they are the coolest people ever.

What does your Airborne Toxic Event collection include?

We went to the Visalia show and afterwards my dad talked to the manager who mailed us a huge banner; it’s like 3′ wide by about 7′ of the band and it’s hanging in my room. I have countless picks. One time I stepped on a lady’s hand to get a pick (sorry lady). Daren has gifted me drum sticks and multiple setlists that are hanging in my room. My dad bought me signed vinyl and cd’s. I went to every show in San Francisco at the Fillmore so I have posters from all three nights. T shirts, a bag, sweatshirts. I’m a walking billboard.

The Airborne Toxic Event's Biggest Littlest Fan

The Airborne Toxic Event’s Biggest Littlest Fan

What’s your favorite TATE song and album, and why?

“A Certain Type of Girl.” I like the line “Us big city boys, we don’t think about it much, it’s all whiskey, wine and messin’ around with drugs.” I like that it’s a shock to people when I sing it. It feels rock ‘n’ roll. My favorite album is Songs of God and Whiskey. I like all those songs.

Have you ever had a special experience at a TATE concert? Tell us about it.

I was picked to go backstage and I got to meet everyone; that’s where I got my nickname Megan the Shy. Anna was the coolest person I have ever met. We stay after concerts so I can see the band and wave; I want to say hi and take pictures but I get shy. We went to see them in Sacramento and the next day we flew home and saw the band at the airport. Mikel told me to keep giving my parents hell, best advice ever! In Los Angeles at the Wiltern, Mikel poured champagne over the crowd we were drenched, it was so cool. I smelled like booze for a week. Plus I’ve met some cool people at each show.

Megan with Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event

Megan with Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event

What’s on your Airborne Toxic Event bucket list?

What’s left? Roadie (hint hint, Bill tour manager dude).

What would you tell other kids your age to get them to check out The Airborne Toxic Event?

I’ve already started talking to my friends about them years ago. In third grade I taped the band picture to my folder. Most of my friends listen to pop music but I’m trying to tell my friends TATE is what cool people listen to. Enough of that F-ing Taylor Swift. (My mom and dad are laughing.) My 75-year-old grandma saw a picture of TATE and said Adrian is sexy and Mikel has nice teeth; even grandmas like the band.

Matt with Daren Taylor of The Airborne Toxic Event

Matt with Daren Taylor of The Airborne Toxic Event

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: Matt Jameson (@mattjameson91)

Where are you from?

Stockton, CA

Tell us about yourself (who you are, what you do for a living, hobbies, etc.).

I’m 24 and I work in a dispatch office for a gasoline company that delivers to stations all over California. For fun, I mostly read or play guitar. These days most of my friends are spread out pretty far so I spend most of my time at home or driving for several hours to see them. As for concerts, I haven’t even scratched the surface of what most Airborne fans have done. I attend about 5 concerts a year, and have yet to go very far to attend one. Which I really have no excuse for since my schedule is so open. Perhaps it’s time for a late new year’s resolution?

How did you become a fan of The Airborne Toxic Event?

This calls for a story, and it began sometime around midnight. Many years ago I went through a pretty bad breakup with the girl who, at the time, was my whole world (oh youth). The situation had been mostly my fault and I had a very difficult time forgiving myself for that. So about a year later, I was still feeling penitent and still struggling with my frequent encounters with her. Since it had been so long, I kind of had this belief that I didn’t have the right to be heartbroken about it anymore. So I mostly kept my remorse to myself, while shaming myself for not having gotten over it yet.

Well, one day, I was driving a few friends of mine out of town with my friend Gage riding shot gun and playing DJ. Since he is originally from L.A. and returned there every summer, he always had amazing music to share. This time, none of it really caught my attention. I was just mindlessly driving and ignoring the conversation. That is, until something caught my attention. An explosive violin melody, paving the way for some of the greatest lyrics I have ever heard. From the moment it began till long after it ended, I was completely captivated by this story of a man, a woman, a bar, and that internal war we all go through when in the vague company of someone who once loved us back. He was telling me a story I had lived so many times, I almost felt like I knew this singer personally. Since that day, I have been completely in love with this band. And they have touched my life in more ways than I can ever fit on a page.

Do any of your family or friends like The Airborne Toxic Event? Did you convert them, or did they convert you?

Aside from Gage, no one else knew who they were. And I haven’t had much success converting anyone since. My girlfriend enjoys “Changing” and my best friend enjoys “All I Ever Wanted,” but I haven’t turned anyone into a fan yet. Though I did encounter someone who I believe to be the only other fan in my town. Hi Katie!

What does your Airborne Toxic Event collection include?

Oh boy. It would be easier to show you. I mostly collect posters and vinyl’s. I have limited wall space so I have to be picky. I don’t get to hang up the posters from individual concerts. I also have a stack of limited/signed CD’s that I’ve gathered from Ebay, and a framed collection of picks that only contains 4 so far. I am always on the lookout for more, so if you have an extra of any of your picks, contact me!

Airborne Toxic Event memorabilia

And here is my prized possession. A custom art piece made by my friend and girlfriend as an anniversary gift. I had it signed by the band and gave Mikel his own copy. He told me it was “really rad.” I wish I knew what he did with it.

Airborne Toxic Event artwork

What’s your favorite TATE song, and why?

That award goes to “Bride and Groom.” Along with being wonderful to listen to, “Bride and Groom” is another song that tells me a story I’ve already lived. That feeling of being comfortable in a situation that you know has an expiration. And the frustration of knowing that sometimes, things just don’t work out. The lyrics are beautiful and Mikel manages to open up a bit about something very personal, while weaving his confessions into metaphors and creative phrasing. It’s as if he sings in a language you can only understand if you’ve travel down certain roads in life. Or perhaps I’m completely wrong and just interpreting his music my own way. But that’s the beauty of music, isn’t it?

Have you ever had a special experience at a TATE concert? Tell us about it.

I’ve had my share of high fives, selfies and conversations with the band. But those aren’t the memories that really stick with me as much. What I find out satisfying about Airborne shows is seeing how much the band loves what they do when they are on stage. Their passion for their music and their fans is contagious. It doesn’t seem like they are just doing a job. They play every show like it’s a party to celebrate the end of the world. I wish everyone had a chance to experience how incredible it is to be a part of that.

What’s on your Airborne Toxic Event bucket list?

I am hoping for another Fillmore. The tickets sold out before I got any, and I didn’t watch the stream. So to me that show is a legend. I have daydreams about a five night show with every album. I would trade my car for that.

Are there any other bands you would recommend that Airborne fans check out?

Lately I’ve been hooked on Little May and Falls, the latter of which I discovered at my most recent Airborne show. If you haven’t heard them yet, do yourself a favor and check them out. They are so charming.

And as a bonus, here is a couple of pictures from the 2014 Ace of Spades show in Sacramento.

Steven Chen of The Airborne Toxic Event, 2015

Steven Chen of The Airborne Toxic Event, 2014

 

Mikel Jollett and Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event, 2015

Mikel Jollett and Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event, 2014

Alaetra, fan of The Airborne Toxic EventLos 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: Alaetra Graves (@GreenHair14)

Where are you from?

Ontario, Canada!

Tell us about yourself (who you are, what you do for a living, hobbies, etc.).

I’m 24 and I work at a small bakery in rural Ontario. I am highly addicted to going to concerts. I go to close to 50 a year, which is a lot when I live two hours from the big city of Toronto where most concerts around here are held! When I’m not working or at a show I’m probably outdoors hiking (while listening to TATE of course) or playing with my yorkie Cassia.

How did you become a fan of The Airborne Toxic Event?

In 2009 my friend Laura made me a mix tape with “Sometime Around Midnight” and “Wishing Well” on it. I became addicted and had to purchase their whole album. She and I have since gone to two TATE shows together and even got to meet the band together so it all came around full circle!

Do any of your family or friends like The Airborne Toxic Event? Did you convert them, or did they convert you?

Besides Laura, I have a couple friends who kind of listen to TATE, but no one ever listens to me when I tell them to listen to the band! That being such, I took to the internet and have met an amazing group of ladies on Tumblr who are huge TATE fans as well! I’ve known them all since 2010, and we still keep in contact. It’s a lot of fun to swap concert stories and talk about the music we all love so much. I think the only person I’ve converted to TATE is my boyfriend who really enjoys their album Such Hot Blood.

What does your Airborne Toxic Event collection include?

Besides all of their albums including the live dvd/cd combo, I have a few t-shirts, a sweater, and a poster signed by the whole band. I’ve collected guitar picks from shows and I also have two setlists that were both given to me by Daren at different shows!

What’s your favorite TATE song and album, and why?

My favourite song has to be “Half of Something Else.” I think it became my favourite when I watched the Bombastic video of them all on the carousel. It was such a heartwarming video, Mikel’s smiles the entire time made me so happy! Every time I listen to “Half of Something Else” I end up crying, seeing it live is even worse! It’s hard enough to contain your feelings at a TATE show, let alone when they play your favourite song!

My favourite album is All At Once. I remember I went out to by it the day it came out and popped it right into my car’s cd player. I started driving and had to actually pull over and just listen to the album because it was that good to me. The album came to me in a very transitional time of my life, so I think I listen to it a lot now as a stress reliever. All At Once just feels like home to me. I love it.

Alaetra with Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event

Alaetra with Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event

Have you ever had a special experience at a TATE concert? Tell us about it.

I have! This past September I went to see the band at Riot Fest in Toronto. I was so excited that I was actually the first into the festival that day to secure my front row spot. While waiting the four hours to see them play, I learned they were playing a second set later that day in a tent that holds a max of 100 people. I couldn’t believe it! I chose to wear a Bulls shirt to the show to support Anna and her new band. My shirt immediately got the attention of the band as they were setting up for their hour slot, and they talked to me for a bit and sent me down a pick and setlist which was very kind.

After their awesome set on the main stage I hurried over to the smaller stage and staked out a front row spot there.
This small show was my fourth time seeing the band and my very favourite of theirs. It was such a small and intimate show, to the point where I had to get out of the way of Mikel’s swinging guitar from time to time! At the beginning of the show Mikel asked “Are you all fans of this band?” and we all shout “yes!” and Mikel answers with “Okay good! So we don’t have to play any of the hits! Who has any requests?” So they start to play the songs every one asks for, and at one point Mikel asks me what I would like to hear. Of course I ask for “Half Of Something Else,” which I know isn’t uncommon for the band to play, but I can’t resist asking for it! So Mikel agrees and then dedicates the song to me which was very special.

After the small show, I ran out to the side of the stage hoping to catch the band. To my luck they were all just standing in the field with no one else talking to them. I go up to Mikel and thank him for playing my song for me and I see Anna who thanks me a million times for wearing a Bulls shirt. She ended up taking a photo of us together and posting it on her own social media which was crazy and I’m so thrilled it happened. I got to talk to the whole band all at once and it was very overwhelming but such an incredible experience. They’re all such kind people and they made my summer. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that day.

What’s on your Airborne Toxic Event bucket list?

I would absolutely love to see them play with an orchestra. All the video I see of them playing with one is so beautiful, I would love to experience that for myself! Maybe one day I’ll fly out to a show in the States sometime!

Are there any other bands you would recommend that Airborne fans check out?

The great thing about TATE fans is that we all have such a wide range of music taste. I’m gonna suggest a few local Toronto bands that probably haven’t made word over into the United States (or wherever you are reading this that isn’t Ontario!). My other musical obsession besides TATE is July Talk. Check out “Paper Girl” by them. Another awesome singer is Lowell and her song “The Bells” is drool worthy! The Beaches is an all girl rock band (Anna would approve) and their song “Loner” is way too catchy.

Thanks to the This Is Nowhere crew for letting me talk about my obsession that is The Airborne Toxic Event. I’m such a huge fan and it’s so fun to connect with other just as crazy fans as me! I hope to see you all at a show some day! Much Love!

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