Airbourne Toxic Event deliver a mix of U2 sound and 80s pop

Colin WilsonCalifornians, The Airbourne Toxic Event (TATE), who deliver a mixed bag of U2's spacious, epic sound and the Killers' 80s poppiness, open their Sometime Around Midnight Tour at Norwich Arts Centre on Thursday (8pm).Colin Wilson

Californians, The Airbourne Toxic Event (TATE), who deliver a mixed bag of U2's spacious, epic sound and the Killers' 80s poppiness, open their Sometime Around Midnight Tour at Norwich Arts Centre on Thursday (8pm).

The band formed in the face of adversity but ever since, the West Coast five-piece have shown their pioneer forefathers' indie spirit and zeal.

Formed in 2006, TATE took a handful of home-burned copies of the single Sometime Around Midnight to their local radio station.

Two years later the band's motivation and charm propelled them across the States and over the Atlantic to British shores.


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They played 30 shows in 30 nights and won their fanbase, which now stretches from Fife Scotland to Hayle in Cornwall.

It was this lifestyle and the dark days of singer and songwriter Mikel Jollett's personal family crisis that shaped TATE's self-titled debut album released on February 2.

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Together with band mates Steven Chen (guitar), Anna Bulbrook (viola/keys), Noah Wyle (bass) and Daren Taylor (drums) the Airbourne Toxic Event have made a debut album which aims to be an epic, classically-structured, anthemic mix of intense, literary songwriting.

Radio 1 and BBC6 Music have just added the Airbourne Toxic Event to their upfront playlist and the single Sometime around Midnight is released on January 26.

t Tickets - 01603 660352 (�6adv/�7door) Norwich Arts Centre box office, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

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