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It consists of Mikel Jollett vocals, guitar, keyboardsSteven Chen guitar, keyboardsAdrian Rodriguez electric bass, backing vocalsand Daren Taylor drums. The band released its debut self-titled album in and released its follow-up album, All at Onceon April 26, Named after a section in Don DeLillo 's novel White Noisethe group is known for its blend of rock music and orchestral arrangements, having performed frequently with the Calder Quartet, a string quartet based in Los Angeles.
The group has also played concerts with the Louisville Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Initially a writer and essayist, Jollett began seriously writing songs with an acoustic guitar following a week in Marchduring which he underwent a break-up, learned his mother had been diagnosed with cancerand was himself diagnosed with a genetic autoimmune disease that led to the development of two cosmetic conditions: Alopecia areata and The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight.
This quick succession of traumatic events spurred a period of intense songwriting, and it was around this time that he first met Taylor through a mutual friend in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Throughout the summer ofJollett and Taylor rehearsed several of Jollett's songs, including early incarnations of "Wishing Well," "Missy," and "Innocence," which would eventually appear on the band's debut album. Though they were just acquaintances at the time, he remembered that she played the violin and asked her to attend one of his and Taylor's rehearsals.
Afraid to bring her more expensive violin to a rock rehearsal, she agreed to bring her viola instead. Jollett then asked Harmon, a Tucson native and graduate of the Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Artsto join his fledgling band, having seen him perform in Los Angeles with other acts and been impressed with his background in rock and jazzas well Shiver (24) - Extra Life / Savoy Truffle his skill with the upright bass.
He refused at first, and it wasn't until months later—after several shows—that Harmon agreed to join the group full-time. Chen and Jollett, meanwhile, had already known each other for five years. They first met through a mutual friend while both were living in San Francisco and working as writers. After a few years of living in New York, Chen made a return to his hometown of Los Angeles, upon which Jollett contacted him and asked if he'd be interested in playing the keyboard in the band.
Chen replied that he, in fact, played guitar and eventually filled the role as lead guitarist. Prior to the formation of the band, and to supplement his fiction writing, Jollett supported himself as a freelance writer, contributing to NPRLos Angeles TimesFilter and Men's Healthamong other organizations.
Soon after the formation of the band, he concentrated only on fiction. In the summer ofMcSweeney's issue 27 published one of Jollett's short stories, The Crackwhich appeared between short stories by Liz Mandrell and Stephen King. In the book, a chemical spill from a railcar releases a poisonous cloud, dubbed by the military and media as an "airborne toxic event.
The band was born of a similar life-altering sequence of events, and thus, the themes of mortality and media consumption that arise from the novel's toxic cloud serve as a major impetus for the band's creative drive.
The Airborne Toxic Event played its first show at the Echo, a venue in Echo Parkin October —less than a month after it was fully formed. Weekly  and the Los Angeles Times the latter of which named the group one of the top three L. In the summer ofthe U. Upon returning, the band recorded 14 tracks with producer Pete Min at his home studio in the Atwater Village, Los Angeleswhile continuing to perform around Los Angeles.
Ten of the tracks recorded at The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight home would later comprise the band's debut album. In The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight the band premiered the song "Sometime Around Midnight" with a live performance of the song on Indie In Januarythe band played a five-show weekly residency presented by Indie In Aprilafter an extensive courtship from major labels, the Airborne Toxic Event signed with the indie label Majordomo Recordsbased in Los Angeles.
Soon after that, on April 24, the band made its national television debut as the musical guest on the late-night NBC talk show Last Call with Carson Daly. On August 5,the band released its first full-length album, The Airborne Toxic Blood Brothers - Gravediggaz - Gravediggazfeaturing ten of the 14 songs recorded at Min's home studio at the Pleasure & Pain - Fairport Convention - Nine of and beginning of The record was received with mostly favorable reviews from such outlets as the Los Angeles TimesNewsweekQEntertainment Weeklyand Drowned in Soundamong others.
To promote the album, the band released a series of one-take acoustic videos for each song on the record, filmed in different locations around Los Angeles. Each video was released in the order of the track listing on the album each week, with the final Whats Going On?
- DJ Vince & D-Passion - Earthquake Magnitude 1 "Innocence" released in the first week of August to coincide with the album release. Beginning in Julythe band embarked on a series of tours in support of the album, which continued for approximately a year and a half. The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight touring various summer festivals, the band embarked on a North American tour opening for The Fratellis in the fall of Following that, the group played its "30 Shows in 30 Days" tour of the United Kingdom in November, during which it performed 30 nights in a row entirely in England and Scotland.
The band has largely attributed its subsequent success in the U. Meanwhile, bolstered by an unexpected addition to the playlist at the U. The quartet had previously played with the band for its record-release show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles in Augustas well as The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight in two of its one-take acoustic videos, for "Sometime Around Midnight" and "Innocence".
The band toured almost constantly for the remainder of the year, On & Poppin - Dame Dash* Presents Various - Dream Team North America, the U. Music Festival. The group's final tour for its debut album began on September 17, in Pomona, California and concluded in OxfordU.
By the end of"Sometime Around Midnight" was the No. It peaked at No. The band's debut album spent 8 weeks at No. Due to this constant touring Jollett admitted that his writing career had to be put on hold. While he was writing an original novel in the early years of the formation of the band, the stresses and time constraint of touring made it nearly impossible to continue his current works.
On March 10,during a live radio broadcast with U2 at the Metro Chicagohost Shirley Manson of Garbage asked the band to name some of El Merecunbe - Billos Caracas Boys, Los Melodicos* - Frente A Frente favorite songs.
Bassist Adam Clayton chose "Sometime Around Midnight" as one of his selections, commenting that he felt he would be listening to their album the rest of the year. The show was presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and was the last of shows performed by the band on its debut album cycle. The group was accompanied by the Calder Quartet, the Lalo Guerrero Children's choir, The Belmont High School marching band, Mexican Baile Folklorico dancers, and a number of guest musicians, The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight horn players and an accordionist.
On June 7,the Airborne Toxic Event released a song and video titled "Neda," in recognition of the one-year anniversary of the Death of Neda Agha-Soltanthe young Iranian woman who was killed during the protests of the disputed presidential election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran. In conjunction with Amnesty Internationalthe band also launched a website, nedaspeaks. The music video features a series of animated stills depicting the events surrounding Agha-Soltan's death, interspersed with text.
As part of its website, the band encouraged visitors to submit a photo of themselves holding a sign reading "I am Neda. All proceeds from the sale of the single on iTunes were donated to Amnesty International. In addition, the band held a benefit The Kinks - Dedicated Follower Of Fashion / Set Me Free at the Echo in Los Angeles on May 25, One of the attendees at the show was Jimmy Delshadmayor of Beverly Hills and the highest-ranking Iranian American elected official in the United States.
The North American release date was later moved to September 29, The film, directed by Danovic, features the Airborne Toxic Event's December 4, Walt Disney Concert Hall performance in its entirety, interspersed with a behind-the-scenes narrative chronicling the band's extensive preparations for the show. The non-concert footage includes extensive rehearsals with the Calder Quartet, the Belmont High School marching The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight , and the Lalo Guerrero children's choir.
Stylistically, the film splices rehearsal footage with concert footage for most of the songs performed, in addition to switching between black-and-white and color video. In John Earls News of the World review of the Union Chapel show, he wrote The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight seven terrific new songs to make the heart soar, Toxic's stirring tunes certainly get in the bloodstream.
An acoustic version of one of the songs from the album, "Half of Something Else," appeared on the soundtrack for the film Going the Distancedirected by Nanette Burstein and starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. On January 22,the band played a concert with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denverdebuting orchestral arrangements of songs from All at Oncein addition to those from the first record.
On February 1,the Airborne Toxic Event released two separate first singles from the album in North America and Europe, respectively. In its October 9, issue, Music Week wrote, "The LA group's new material is the sound of a band defining their identity.
Produced by Dave Sardy, this is confident, ambitious and The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight . Toy Piano, Balalaika - The A.
Lords - The A. Lords on February 1,the band embarked on a Manuel Road - The Frats Quintet* - Authentic Jamaican Folk Songs tour of continental Europe, composed partly of three simultaneous musical residencies in Amsterdam MondaysBerlin Tuesdaysand Paris Fridays.
As a follow-up to the series of one-take acoustic videos released in the lead-up to its first album, the group announced the "Bombastic" on February 15, —a Intro - Amen Corner - Fall, Ascension, Domination of similar one-take acoustic videos of all the songs from All at Oncedirected by Danovic.
As with the first series, the band indicated that it would release one video each week. Both were directed by Danovic. The video for "Changing" features members of the Strikers All-Stars, a Los Angeles-based dance crew known for its community outreach, as well as collaborations with artists such as Rihanna and Lil Wayne.
Of these, 15 shows constituted what the band dubbed the "Origins Tour," consisting of five shows each in London, Los Angeles, and New York. Beginning with the smallest venues in each city, these 15 dates encompassed a range of differently sized venues in which the group has played since its inception. The tour concluded on June 16 in Sacramento, CA. Reaching No. Mona and The Drowning Men, both of whom toured with the band previously, are set to open most of the North American dates.
One of the shows for the tour is a headlining slot for LA Weekly' s annual "LA " festival, scheduled for October 23, at the Gibson Amphitheatre. On July 2,The Airborne Toxic Event announced that they were in the process of recording their third studio album with Jacquire King. They also announced that the band is playing Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight September 20,with Colorado band DeVotchKaand that this will be the first show of Клеймо Свободы - Terror Inside - Новый Рай - Последний Ад upcoming record run.
On January 14,the band announced the name of their third album as Such Hot Bloodwith the first single, "Timeless", released on January On July 16,it was Angst War Ein Gefühl - Invisible Empire - Invisible Empire via their The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight that the band would be touring Europe and the UK in fall On January 22,it was announced in a fan email that Ashley Dzerigian would be replacing Noah Harmon on bass for a series of shows inas Noah takes a paternity leave of absence.
It was subsequently announced on the band's website on February 5,that Ashley Dzerigian had unforeseen circumstances that would prevent her from joining the tour. The new replacement for Noah Harmon is Adrian Rodriguez. As of August 5, Noah has confirmed via his personal Instagram that he has been fired from The Airborne Toxic Event with a message in which he simply stated "I got fired.
Good luck". On October 3,the band premiered "Wrong", the lead single off their fourth studio album, on Philadelphia radio station Radio The album would be composed of songs written throughout the ten years before the album's release. In Octoberthe band released a new single titled "America" in preparation for their tour. In Septemberit was announced that Anna Bulbrook would be leaving the band, and that the band had been working on a new project.
The album acts as a companion piece to Jollett's memoir of the same name, which will be released three days prior on May 5 through Celadon Books. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American indie band. Indie rock alternative rock post-punk revival. Rounder Majordomo Island Epic . Main article: The Airborne Toxic Event discography. The Airborne Toxic Event.
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