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The Airborne Toxic Event

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Los Angeles, California, United States (2006 – present)

The Airborne Toxic Event is an band that formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 2006. The band consists of Mikel Jollett (vocals, guitar), Steven Chen (guitar, keyboards), Anna Bulbrook (viola, keyboards), Noah Harmon (bass) and Daren Taylor (drums). The band is best known for their single “Sometime Around Midnight”, which was a hit in the U.K. as well on American radio in 2008 and 2009.

Named after a section of the book ’White Noise’, written by postmodernist author Don DeLillo, the group incorporates string instruments and keyboards along with a standard rock lineup of guitar, drums, and bass guitar. Their style takes in a variety of influences from classic to arcane-sounding to tuneful and more. They have been signed to Majordomo Records for many years; on March 4, 2009, the band signed to Island Records.

Formed in the wake of a series of personal tragedies in the life of front-man Mikel Jollett, the band has gathered a reputation for one of the most exciting and energetic live shows in years. Stomping, screaming, wailing, crooning through bony rock songs and enormous dark anthems, the band embodies the desire to live life fully in the face of a world saturated with media and fear. The Cali five-piece’s eponymous debut EP includes nods to rock music’s most transcendent tidbits: subtle references to the sad-eyed melancholy of The Cure, the balled-fist intensity of The Fall, and the art school disaffection of the Velvet Underground.

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  • CagedElephants

    Just saw these guys this past weekend. They really are too good.

    8 Oct 8:48pm Reply
  • Melodeh

    Tomorrow at Terminal 5! :^)

    7 Oct 4:00am Reply
  • christiendo

    I can't wait to see them live in Phoenix on 9/22! gonna be such a good show. :)

    21 Sep 10:21pm Reply
  • auron3000

    Reeally good band, every song is such a beautiful symphony.

    4 Sep 11:02pm Reply
  • FiresideDance

    Best band ever. I wish I could see them live!

    10 Aug 2:24pm Reply
  • joanana

    saw them at Speaking Rock and it was the first time I had ever heard them - fell in love immediately and bought their albums. They sound even better live!

    1 Jul 11:14am Reply
  • CagedElephants

    Insane at Firefly. All At Once <3

    25 Jun 2:04pm Reply
  • Hahnenkaempfer

    saw them yesterday and it was fantastic.. definitely going to see them again.

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • iamjulia-thus

    i'd never heard of them but saw them at boston calling last night and they are AMAZING live!

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • cabfedhig

    at times the vocals remind me of an american punk-ish glen hansard

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • carukia

    I can't believe Numb isn't even in the top 15. It's brilliant!

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • CandlewickPiano

    Not often that a band is even better live than recorded. Man, those bombastic videos....

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • ZelenaBanana

    i heard changing on suits and the i go to last.fm and praised to god that changing isn't their top 1 song.

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • Raymond1986

    @vliccar; true story! met him too, really nice guy

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • vliccar

    I met Mikel after a show last week and just want to say he is one of the nicest people I have ever met. It makes me like the band that much more (if that was even possible)

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • mark_mark_mark

    Released: April 30, 2013

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • philipsemmler

    Today is the day the album will be released :D

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • satan_88_level

    ^_^

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • grahamg3

    Been following this band for years (well 3 ) - amazing live and albums just get more and more accomplished!

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • rokkkaholic

    The Secret is pure awesomeness!!

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
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