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"When we first recorded the song 'Changing,' we had decided to cut the drums on the third verse and just clap and stomp instead. So we all got in a room at [producer] Dave Sardy's studio and did just that," frontman Mikel Jollett tells Spinner. "Hit record, clap and stomp -- which wasn't something we were used to as a rock 'n' roll band. It struck us then (and became a running joke) how much this was like step dancing, the idea of the body being your drum."
The band ended up hiring a dance group called the Strikers All-Stars, who had recently moved to Los Angeles from Florida to pursue dancing full-time.
"We thought it was a good story so we called them up and asked them if they'd like to do a video with us. We had no idea if it would work," Jollett says. "So for this Bombastic video, we thought we'd try to do a live version of what we did in the official music video. We knew it was a bit of a high-wire act: an acoustic performance of a rock 'n' roll song with a late-'60s proto-hip-hop dance element. But then after one take we were just screwing around and having fun with it."
The Airborne Toxic Event will release their second album, 'All at Once,' on April 26 via IDJ/UMG.