Island Records group The Airborne Toxic Event caps a near two-year hiatus between album releases and major touring with news of a brand new single, “Timeless” that premieres today at XXX. “Timeless” heralds the arrival of TATE’s third album, SUCH HOT BLOOD, due this spring. To hear “Timeless,” please go HERE.
In support of the “Timeless” release, The Airborne Toxic Event will play two shows in New York this week, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 15th and 16th, at Webster Hall, both dates sold out in advance. Another show will follow on January 23rd back home in Los Angeles at the Mayan Theatre, also sold out in advance. Touring picks up on March 30th at the House of Blues in San Diego, a nine-city North American trip that wraps up at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco on April 11th. (Please see tour dates below.)
At the same time, The Airborne Toxic Event is among the latest roster of artists to be confirmed for this year’s South By Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences and Festivals, scheduled for March 8-17th. Other recent additions include Ra Ra Riot, Chris Carrabba, Cold War Kids, Robyn Hitchcock, the Joy Formidable, and Richard Thompson.
“There’s nothing like Nashville for starting new in music.” said the band. “It gets in your blood, the rhythm of the place, the people. Making a record with Jacquire King at Blackbird Studios was the most challenging and all-encompassing experience we’ve ever had as a band.
SUCH HOT BLOOD marks TATE’s first album with Jacquire King, the three-time Grammy Award®-winning producer, engineer, and songwriter/musician whose credits range from Kings of Leon, Of Monsters and Men, and Cold War Kids, to Buddy Guy, Tom Waits, and Norah Jones.
SUCH HOT BLOOD is the follow-up to All At Once, released April 2011, TATE’s second album and their first for Island Records (following their self-titled indie debut on Shout! Factory’s Majordomo imprint, released in 2008). The release of All At Once was supported with an unprecedented series of multi-venue five-night residencies in the world’s three rock capitals – London, Los Angeles, and New York – encompassing venues of increasing size and capacity in each city. Prior to those shows, TATE played a series of European residencies in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris.
The Airborne Toxic Event – Mikel Jollett (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steven Chen (guitar, keyboards), Anna Bulbrook (viola, keyboards, tambourine, backing vocals), Noah Harmon (bass, backing vocals), and Daren Taylor (drums) – earned their reputation as an aggressive touring band, known for playing more than 350 dates in support of their debut album release, opening for Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand, the Ting Tings, and many others.
The Airborne Toxic Event, who take their name from an incident in Don DeLillo’s terrifying 1985 novel White Noise (involving a poisonous cloud that erupts after a chemical spill from a railcar), are known for stretching the rock envelope at its seams. The band is no stranger to grand musical gestures, for example, being the only modern music act to play at the esteemed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles during its 2009 fall season. The result was the concert-documentary film All I Ever Wanted (2010), chosen as an official selection to the Raindance Film Festival. The band has performed with the Colorado Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, and frequent collaborators the Calder String Quartet.
THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT ON TOUR
January 15-16 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
January 23 Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater
March 30 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
April 1 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
April 3 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater
April 4 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
April 5 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
April 7 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
April 8 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
April 9 Vancouver, B.C. @ Vogue Theatre
April 11 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater