Ok, that was pretty corny, but inevitable. The Airborne Toxic Event release their teaser EP called The Secret today (3/11), just ahead of their third full-length studio album, Such Hot Blood, which might be out April 16 (no formal date from Island Def Jam). The album was recorded at the legendary Blackbird Studios in Nashville with producer Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Buddy Guy, Cold War Kids, Dawes).
I will be reviewing the new album, so stay tuned. But for now… The Secret, locked inside feverish memories, with a sense of urgency and the madness of a remembered love; you can’t hide, and everyone knows everything anyway… Timeless, the enduring soul, visitations from spirit; a close bond that transcends time, ageless, ancient, celebratory, defiant… The Storm, a wistful longing, the yearning not to be alone… Safe, lost in one’s thoughts, in a half-forgotten dream; the past is relived in the telling of a story, with words repeated like a chanted meditation. These songs feel more than ever like a sleepwalk into the pages of a novel, into the author’s memories with a small, focused light left on to guide you. This is poetic folk music infused with a pounding heartbeat and the dramatic flourish they’ve become known for.
The Secret track listing:
To commemorate the EP’s release, today at 11:15 a.m. PST (that’s 2:15 p.m. EST), KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic will rebroadcast an intimate private performance from last month in Los Angeles at Berkeley St. Studios. If you’ve missed that, you can watch the entire show on their site. Here’s one of the songs that was performed from the upcoming album.
The band is gearing up for a busy year. They will be playing a few sets at SXSW this week, including one for Waterloo Records’ Day Parties. They’re performing on Thursday, March 14 at noon CST, and it will be livestreamed on the Waterloo Records site. They’ll also be making their fifth appearance on Late Night with David Letterman on March 19. Letterman’s a big fan, and had them on for his special anniversary show last year. They begin their U.S./Canadian spring tour on March 30 in San Diego, with stops in Boston at the House of Blues on May 10, and at Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont on May 11. See their site for the complete tour schedule.