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It wasn’t Mikel Jollett’s job as a music critic that inspired him to start making his own music so much as it was a grip of adversity; in one week his girlfriend dumped him, his mom found out she had cancer and he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that caused him spot baldness and skin depigmentation. The Airborne Toxic Event was born as Jollett’s cathartic vehicle. The quintet’s self-titled debut rocks with catchy song hooks and a commercial alternative radio familiarity that’s sure to hit home with fans of Joy Division, Interpol, The Strokes and Arcade fire – though opening cut “Wishing Well” has Jollett’s impassioned inflections sounding uncannily similar to Conor Oberst, replete with a quivering timbre and impressive literary lyrics. And it sounds again like there's a different singer on “Papillon” where Jollett downshifts from tenor to baritone with shaky Ian Curtis modulations. “Sometime Around Midnight” is a standout with lush strings leading into electric guitars and Jollett settling into his own unaffected voice.

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better each time I listen

For me this is one of those albums that becomes better each time you hear it until it becomes a favorite that you always like. The first listen left me not sure about it but now there is not a song on the album I don't love.

the future greatest band

this cd is just incredible! each song has something different, but you can still recognize them as a one and only story. The guitar is great, the violin is very cool, and the voice is really...emotional in many ways! it gets better and better after each listening

absolutely amazing

This album is simply an amazing album. Every song is excellent and I find myself listening to it over and over again. It just gets better every time I listen to it. I recently saw them in Pontiac, MI and they put on an excellent live show. Full of energy and emotion. I recommend this album to anyone and everyone I know who is interested in music and not one person has said they don't like it. I'm looking forward to big things with this group, they are extremely talented musicians. I love all the songs on the album but my favorites are Missy, Innocence, Gasoline, and of course Sometime Around Midnight.


Formed: 2004 in Los Feliz, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed by novelist Mikel Jollett during a tumultuous period in his life, the Airborne Toxic Event (named after a section in American author Don DeLillo's novel White Noise) combine literate indie rock with real literary cred. Formed in 2006, the group initially took shape as a Los Angeles-based duo, with Jollett and drummer Daren Taylor serving as the only members. A roster expansion was eventually needed; as a result, classically trained violinist Anna Bulbrook was brought in to play viola and keyboards,...
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