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The Airborne Toxic Event (formed in 2006) is an American indie and alternative rock band hailing from Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Named after a passage in the Don DeLillo novel “White Noise”, The Airborne Toxic Event was formed by novelist and essayist Mikel Jollett during a troubling and turbulent time in his life. Events in Jollett’s life led to an intense period of songwriting and through a mutual friend met drummer Daren Taylor, who together began to expand on Jollett's lyrics.
Before long Steven Chen on guitar and keyboard, Adrián Rodríguez on bass and Anna Bulbrook on violin were added to the mix. The band’s first show was at the Echo, in Echo Park, Los Angeles, U.S. with a number of others to follow which led to the band being named as a band to watch by Rolling Stone and the Los Angeles Times.
In 2007 came The Airborne Toxic Event’s debut single “Does This Mean You Are Moving On?” released on the UK label Square Records, as was followed by a short tour of the UK including shows in London and Brighton. The band returned to the U.S. to record a number of songs that would feature on their debut, including “Sometime Around Midnight” which proved to be a radio favourite. In April 2008 the band signed with the indie label Majordomo Records after being approached by a number of major labels.
The Airborne Toxic Event’s eponymously-titled debut album came in August 2008 to a majority of positive reviews, which led Island Records to sign the band in 2009. The band embarked on an extensive tour including 30 shows in 30 days in the UK, a North American tour supporting The Fratellis and a number of major festival slots. The band has subsequently released the albums “All at Once” in 2011 produced by Dave Sardy and “Such Hot Blood” in 2013.