In 2006, Mikel had a tough break-up, his mother was diagnosed with cancer and he himself was diagnosed with not only Alopecia but Vitiligo as well. He wrote like crazy, something that was originally planned to be almost like a novel until he realised it sounded better with music. Thus some of the most immaculately worded songs were born.
Why the Airborne Toxic Event’s first album is so utterly gorgeous, emotional, and well-written. Why “Sometime Around Midnight” is so perfect. Because it happened, and it happened to someone who was able to quantify it in words, and musicians who then came along and put incredible instrumentation to it. I love this band so much.
I want my band to be raw and honest and to sweat and stomp and scream and dance. I want to reach people. I want them to reach me. I want to stand in a room and sing with others about our worst fears and greatest hopes. And I want to leave feeling like the world is larger than I thought it was. And I love weird people. Because they make me feel less weird for being weird, if that makes any sense. But I don’t like cool people. I prefer when people are warm.
The Airborne Toxic Event | Live at Webster Hall. January 15th, 2013.
I have never seen another band with this kind of talent and stage presence. They are the only band that can make me want to scream every damn lyric even when my throat is on fire and my voice sounds like Velcro. Thank you all for existing.
Early morning, two cups of coffee, three hours of sleep in a rattling bus bunk, get dressed, unload the guitar, tune up, plug in, good morning, we’re here to play for you.. We don’t know you but we don’t really know ourselves anymore either. - Mikel, from The Airborne Toxic Event