L.A.-based alt-rockers The Airborne Toxic Event stand out from the indie crowd with their signature orchestral arrangements, and the band's live shows often see them accompanied by a string quartet. With a critically acclaimed catalog of five studio albums, one live album and three EPs, The Airborne Toxic Event's biggest hit remains the 2008 single "Sometime Around Midnight."
The Airborne Toxic Event's background
The Airborne Toxic Event was formed in 2006 by former fiction writer Mikel Jollett and the classically trained musician Anna Bulbrook. Completing the lineup were Steven Chen (guitar), Adrian Rodriguez (bass) and Daren Taylor (drums). The band's early shows attracted considerable media attention, with Rolling Stone magazine calling The Airborne Toxic Event one of the Top 25 Bands on MySpace, and the Los Angeles Times naming them one of the top three L.A. Bands to Watch.
The Airborne Toxic Event released their eponymous debut album in 2008. The single "Sometime Around Midnight" was named iTunes' No. 1 Alternative Song of the Year. In support of the album, the band toured for more than a year, playing at summer festivals and notably embarking upon a "30 Shows in 30 Days" tour of the U.K. Stateside, The Airborne Toxic Event performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live! "Sometime Around Midnight" broke into the Top 10 on the U.S. Alternative Radio chart, and the album spent eight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart.
The Airborne Toxic Event's sophomore album, All at Once, was released in 2011, and featured the single "Changing." The band performed several concerts with symphony orchestras during its tour of Europe and North America. Their more personal third album, 2013's Such Hot Blood, was also supported by U.S. and European tours.
The Airborne Toxic Event's biggest concert
The Airborne Toxic Event closed out 2009 with a sold-out show at L.A.'s Walt Disney Concert Hall. They were joined on stage by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Calder Quartet, the Belmont High School Marching Band, the Lalo Guerrero Children's Choir and Mexican Ballet Folklorico dancers, plus numerous guest musicians. Concert and rehearsal footage was recorded for the 2010 documentary DVD/CD All I Ever Wanted: Live From Walt Disney Concert Hall.