Ready for lift off, TATE fans? 2015 ushers in a new era for The Airborne Toxic Event, and we’ll cover it every step of the way. Here’s your first dose of Airborne news from what promises to be an Eventful year.
All signs continue to point to a Feb. 24 release date for Dope Machines, though I have to admit that it’s getting to the point where the absence of a formal announcement has me tempted to second-guess it.
The latest and most significant source to list Feb. 24 is Shore Fire Media. Shore Fire (also the source, incidentally, of the new publicity photo seen above) is a public relations, social media and digital marketing company that works with musicians, filmmakers, authors and other artists, and TATE has evidently contracted with them to promote Dope Machines. If anyone would have an accurate release date, one would think it would be them.
Meanwhile, Mikel Jollett confirmed just before Christmas that the album is in the can.
Finishing final mix for Dope Machines today.. It’s been a year locked in a cave. Squinting at sunlight, mumbling about technology…
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) December 21, 2014
Any way you slice it, an announcement has got to be imminent. Keep your dope machines tuned…
The Airborne Toxic Event’s holiday shows (not to mention the fall tour) already seem like ancient history, but since it’s been a few weeks since we’ve done one of these wrap-ups, we’ve got some catching up to do. Below are the latest show reviews and photos, starting with the most recent date.
- The Kerfuffle Before Christmas, Buffalo, NY: The Buffalo News reports, “Led by songwriter, prose stylist, and guitarist Mikel Jollett, the Airborne Toxic Event came across like a hybrid of Arcade Fire and the Gaslight Anthem – tight and taut tales of yearning and frustrated passion set to lock-step rhythms and explosive, grandiose choruses that had the crowd singing along with cellphones held aloft.” Alternative Buffalo 107.7 FM has the photographic evidence.
- Saratoga Springs, NY: Neon Gods reviewed Airborne’s short acoustic set, the first performance hosted by the city’s brand spankin’ new Newberry Music Hall (click here for a review by TIN’s Julie). Yuliya Peshkova captured some truly striking black and whites.
- The Holiday Jam, Providence, RI: WBRU 95.5 had plenty good to say about The Airborne Toxic Event’s showing (though not so much about the audience), including this funny story: “When Jollett began to sing ‘Happiness is Overrated’ and sang the opening lines, ‘And speaking of Little Miss Catherine…,’ a male audience member yelled, ‘What a bitch!’ ‘No, no. She wasn’t a bitch,’ Jollett corrected, adding, ‘I’m going to guess you’re single, my friend.'”
- 106.5 The End’s Not So Acoustic XMas Show, Charlotte, NC: The Charlotte performance was unique indeed, as it was the first time that Mikel and Anna Bulbrook performed as a duo, without the rest of the band. Cryptic Rock reports on the proceedings, with photos.
- Denver, CO: It’s definitely a case of better late than never for this photo set by Greeblehaus from the final nights of The Airborne Toxic Event’s fall tour. She also offers up a short review.
The next two items on the official TATE agenda are a pair of charitable shows at the end of the month, in Los Angeles and Vancouver. Both nights promise to be special, but it’s worth remembering that the last time The Airborne Toxic Event played the Troubadour, they pitched what we deemed to be the greatest TATE gig of all time. On that night, the band debuted a whopping seven songs from their upcoming release, Such Hot Blood. This time around, the timing is right for Dope Machines to get similar treatment. Here’s hoping.
Entertainment Voice tees up the LA show, having this to say about the charitable beneficiary:
All proceeds from the show will go towards the Songs for Kids Foundation. It’s a worthy cause that connects ill children with music. The non-profit works with kids and children’s hospitals to ensure the joy of music is in the lives of those who need it most. The organization does a number of great things like interactive concerts, bringing rock stars to the kids for bedside performances and putting on benefit shows featuring artists like The Airborne Toxic Event. Another wonderful part of their outreach is allowing kids to record their own music.
For this week’s Toxic Gold, we head back to Saratoga Springs for a double-shot of acoustic Dope Machines: “California” and “Wrong,” courtesy of Rick.
Glen 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.