This L.A. band's debut has been gaining momentum since its release last year, fueled largely by the vivid desperation of first single "Sometime Around Midnight."…
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The Airborne Toxic Event

The Airborne Toxic Event | SMOG CITY: The Airborne Toxic Event bring the L.A. heat to this self-titled affair
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SMOG CITY: The Airborne Toxic Event bring the L.A. heat to this self-titled affair

This L.A. band's debut has been gaining momentum since its release last year, fueled largely by the vivid desperation of first single ''Sometime Around Midnight.'' If that song's success is just bringing TATE to your attention, you'll find an occasionally derivative album that's enthralled with guitar noise, overflowing with lit-mag lyrics, and unafraid to be ugly. It's also sewn through with an endearing passion that screams of potential. Wait: Slow career build, songs that linger, room for growth...isn't this how we used to make bands? B+

Download This: Listen to the song Sometime Around Midnight on the band’s MySpace page

Originally posted May 05, 2009 Published in issue #1047 May 15, 2009 Order article reprints