Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection continues our coverage of some of the bands playing the Capitol Hill Block Party as chosen by John in the Morning. Today’s selection is
Does This Mean You’re Moving On? by The Airborne Toxic Event from the 2008 album The Airborne Toxic Event on Majordomo.
A few years ago, Mikel Jollett experienced a personal tragedy that led him to redirect his creative juices from long- and short-form fiction writing to songwriting. He’s had work featured in the Los Angeles Times, McSweeney’s and on NPR, among other publications. Shortly after Jollett’s change in course, The Airborne Toxic Event came to life, taking their name from a passage in Don Delillo’s White Noise and causing quite the commotion in the LA scene. Fittingly for a band led by someone of Jollett’s background, the ATE is very up front and personal, creating a visual and emotional atmosphere for listeners to lose themselves in; the record was recorded live to analog tape with the lyrics front and center. The ATE has managed to combine the anthemic rock spirit of early U2 with modern day post punk, and they bolster it all with beautiful orchestral flourishes, largely thanks to violinist Anna Bulbrook. They’ll perform the Block Party Friday 7/25 on the King Cobra Stage @ 7:15PM. For a little something different, this video shows the band performing an acoustic version of
Does This Mean You’re Moving On? from the back of a moving vehicle: