It’s been exactly two years since The Airborne Toxic Event achieved their first UK top 20 album, still as an unsigned band.
Their catchy, smart, compelling indie rock eponymous debut has gone on to achieve platinum status and fans have been eagerly awaiting a second release.
The wait will be over later this month, as TATE are back with a brand new album of 11 songs, each a hook-laden masterclass in widescreen rock, according to the band’s PR.
As its title suggests, All At Once, centres around the idea that life changes all at once. Every song deals with the idea of change, particularly sudden change.
Mikel Jollett the band’s frontman and chief songwriter, wrote more than 50 songs for the record and collaborated with Stephen Chen (guitar), Noah Harmon (bass), Anna Bulbrook (viola and keys) and Daren Taylor (drums) to achieve the final result.
He reflected on the past two years on the road and the loss of all three of his remaining grandparents.
Jollett says: ‘Suddenly I saw life from this different perspective, just writing and writing about all the stories I’d heard from people on the road and how different my problems looked in the face of people I love actually dying.
‘Suddenly all the break-up songs from the first record were less interesting to me. Like, life hands you real issues and the boy/girl drama seems almost trite.
‘It all seemed to add up to a larger narrative, like my problems weren’t so big or so bad, just part of some larger human narrative,’ he concludes.
n See The Airborne Toxic Event at Southsea’s Wedgewood Rooms on Sunday. Tickets cost £12 from (023) 9286 3911.