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: Shannon Mess
Twitter Handle: @dentaldiva2378
Where are you from?
Where am I from??? Geez, let’s see… I grew up in NJ. When I was 19, I moved to Maine and lived there for just about 9 years. In 2006, I moved to Colorado with my husband and kids. I really wanted to be back near my family who are in PA and NJ so in 2015, we sold our house and moved back East. We are now living just Northeast of Philly! Not exactly sure where I’m “from” anymore!
Tell us about yourself (who you are, what you do for a living, hobbies, etc.).
I currently work as an Office Manager for a company that is a joint venture of Comcast. I get all of Comcast’s perks but I don’t technically work for Comcast. Besides work, my life pretty much revolves around my family! I have 3 beautiful kids (Riley, Zach, and Ben), 1 crazy husband (Gary), 2 Dachshunds (Shortstop and Ziggy), and 1 kitty (Bob). I absolutely love photography and am trying to convince my husband (who has a background in film & television) to start our own business. We are definitely a sports oriented family so we are usually doing something that involves baseball or football. I LOVE football (GO GIANTS).
How did you become a fan of The Airborne Toxic Event?
At some point in 2012 I was driving to work listening to an Alternative station and “Changing” came on the radio. I was hooked. As soon as I got to work, I YouTubed the video for it and became an instant fan.
Do any of your family or friends like The Airborne Toxic Event? Did you convert them, or did they convert you?
I believe my husband is a fan… he seems to really enjoy their music when it’s on or when we’re at a show. When Songs of God and Whiskey & Dope Machines were released, I was listening to them constantly. We got to the point where we would get in the car and my kids would ask me to listen to TATE (though they usually can’t remember the name of the band). I would have to say that I have converted them all!
What does your Airborne Toxic Event collection include?
I have to admit that my collection is pretty much zilch (I think). I never thought about grabbing setlists or things off the walls but now that I know that’s an option… (look out, Cindy!).
What’s your favorite TATE song and album, and why?
Just like any TATE fan, I have way too many “favorite” songs. A few of the ones I love:
Of course I love “Changing,” it was what got me hooked. I love “Sometime Around Midnight.” Anna’s violin solo to start it and Mikel belting out, “And your friends say what is it you look like you’ve seen a ghost.” I sing that song like nobody’s business when I’m driving. (BTW, Anna and her legs… I’ve got a little woman crush on her.) “Timeless” has been a song that I have really liked though recently it has brought me to tears every time it comes on. My mother passed away a little over a year ago and I cannot listen to that song without thinking of her. “A Letter to Georgia” is just so beautiful and sad… “Something You Lost,” “Gasoline,” “Bride & Groom,” and “Does This Mean You’re Moving On?” are just a few of my other faves.
Have you ever had a special experience at a TATE concert? Tell us about it.
My first TATE concert was in Denver and it happened to be the show where they were filming the “Wrong” video. I have watched that video a couple of hundred times; sadly, I don’t think I can be seen at all!
I was also lucky enough to be one of the winners for the “One Time Thing” Shazam contest in Philly. That was probably one of the best nights of my life. For TATE to put on a show like that, prior to having to play a full concert, was just so awesome of them! They really do an amazing job at keeping their fans happy. I am actually surprised too, because I thought that I would never want to hear that song again but every time it comes on, I find myself smiling and thinking back to how that song brought me to the best night ever.
What’s on your Airborne Toxic Event bucket list?
I should have hitched a ride with my new TATE buddy Cindy when she headed to see them in NY. Next time they are in town… I will definitely make it to any show that is remotely close.
Are there any other bands you would recommend that Airborne fans check out?
Hmmm… A few other bands that I like: Walk the Moon (listen to Anna Sun…love that song), Young the Giant, Us the Duo, AWOLNATION, and New Politics.