Single Review: The Airborne Toxic Event – Changing

By on Tuesday, 25th January 2011 at 12:00 pm

The Airborne Toxic Event have been touring seemingly continuously since the release of their self-titled album in 2008. One of the hard-working bands in the music business today, they are quick to note that they are from Los Feliz part of Los Angeles, far, far away from the bright lights of Hollywood that everyone assumes they are from, since so many bios on them say they are from LA. Somewhat similar to what Everything Everything did with the Man Alive Ensemble shows, they worked with their friends the Calder Quartet for a series of ‘acoustic’ shows, one of which took place in Washington that I feel honoured to have attended. They also put out a live CD/DVD (recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA) related to these shows, ‘All I Ever Wanted’, probably one of the most atmospheric live albums I’ve ever heard.

The band explains their forthcoming single, ‘Changing’, on their official Web site as follows: “The song was originally called ‘Something You Own’. It’s a song about conflict and resolution, resisting and accepting change. But let’s not spend too much time dancing about architecture… Better just to listen and let it become part of the day.” On first impression, it’s not as hard-hitting as songs like ‘Happiness is Overrated’ or ‘This is Nowhere’, which is interesting, considering the band describe their their new album, ‘All at Once’ (due out in Europe on 25th April), as “probably both quieter and louder than our first record. There wasn’t any particular decision to be either like or unlike our first record. In some ways, it is the former; in others, the latter. It’s called ‘All at Once’ because the songs deal with the idea of sudden change…It’s exhilarating. It’s terrifying. It can be monstrously disfiguring. It can be potentially redemptive.”

Despite being given a horrible rating for ‘The Airborne Toxic Event’ from a music review Web site that shall remain nameless (I’m sure you know which one it is), the band have always made music under their own terms. Which really translates into the band being able to make heartfelt, cutting, emotional music that I’ve seen with my own eyes that has meant so much to so many people. Myself included. While ‘Changing’ doesn’t sound all that huge in my book, I’m preparing to be wowed by ‘All at Once’.



‘Changing’ will be released on 1 February on Island; ‘All at Once’, the Airborne Toxic Event’s sophomore album will drop on 25 April.

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