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The Airborne Toxic Event

The Airborne Toxic Event frontman Mikel Jollett says the band took very different approaches on its two new albums, The Dope Machines and Songs of God and Whiskey. “Dope Machines was like making a symphony,” says Jollett. “You write all the parts from the oboes and the violins. Then you have the big day and play it all together as several different movements. Songs of God and Whiskey was more like, ‘Let’s get a bottle of wine and sit around and play.’” When the band set out to record Dope Machines, Jollett put himself back int eh producer’s chair simply because he wanted a challenge. Turns out, it was a big challenge. “It was really hard,” he says of the experience. “It was enormously fun and creative and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I think the songs end up being about the influence of machines and the isolating effects that modern machines and electronics have on your life. It’s about the weird way in which you’re more interconnected and in some ways further apart. People live double lives and they live secret lives. They live half lives. The record tries to explore those things.” For the current tour, the band will play Dope Machines in its entirety and then dip into its back catalog. “We have a digital presentation that goes along with it,” Jollett says. “There’s a visual component too. The first half is playing the record with this visual element. The second half is playing songs from throughout the different records and getting down tieh the crwod. The idea was to get out and play. We just did a huge tour. We’ll probably do a huge tour. We wanted to create a movie and audiovisual like the Wall or Tommy or all those huge '70s rock concepts. It’s a similar idea but not as narrative driven.” (Niesel)

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