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- Posted on Dec 23rd 2008 4:00PM by Dan Reilly
"The first week was all adrenaline," singer/guitarist Mikel Jollett tells Spinner. "The second week, we hit a lull and by the third, we were just loopy." "We had pretty much lost it," jokes drummer Daren Taylor. While keeping it together, the fivesome maintained a healthy level of sarcasm, even in the case of their lone female member, violist Anna Bulbrook. "At this point, she can hold her own in a s--- talking session with anyone," says Jollett.
Despite the good vibes, the band -- rounded out by bassist Noah Harmon and guitarist Steven Chen -- still had to contend with the gloomy UK weather. "We drove through a windstorm straight out of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' to play in a tent," Jollett says. "The sides were flapping, we turned our amps up and everyone had a great time. I felt like a Viking."
Though they missed Election Day and Thanksgiving (the band celebrated the latter at a Chinese buffet), the band's spirits remained high due to the overwhelmingly positive crowd response to their energetic live show. "By the end, people knew the words to all the songs, and the record's not even out there," Jollett says.
And like the musical masochists they are, the Airborne Toxic Event is heading right back out in January for an international tour that starts, naturally, in the UK.