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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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I've seen them live three times and this album captures it all. I've played "Innocence" in my car, every day for the past year. I never get sick of it, it pumps me up for everything. It starts off slow, but beautiful, and builds to be a complete song you can rock-out to. SO amazing. Innocence (10/10) Papillon (9/10) Gasoline (9/10) Wishing Well (10/10) Happiness is Overrated (8/10) Does This Mean You're Moving On? (9/10) This is Nowhere (8/10) Sometime Around Midnight (10/10) Something New (7/10) Missy (8/10)

Absolutely stunning

I found these guys about 3 weeks ago and kicked myself for missing out for so long. Even though they are a fairly new band, I wish I'd been listening to them from the start! Extremely talented musicians with a unique sound as well as great personality. Now, that being said, let's get some acoustic versions! They're every bit as amazing as the originals!!

The Airborne Toxic Event

And 1 to Lobster Sneakers. Two years seems like a long time for me to have overlooked this fab group. I've sent video of "Midnight" to a bunch of friends with the challenge: "Bet you can't watch it just once."


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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