Although the band is based in Los Angeles, the Airborne Toxic Event has a special place in its heart for Denver. On our first tour, we played a sold-out show for 1,600 people at the Ogden, and the night before, we were in Salt Lake City and played for 200, remembers frontman Mikel Jollett. We dont quite understand why Denver has embraced us so much, but it has. Part of the reason for Denvers love could be the bands penchant for playing unconventional shows, and tonights date with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra should be particularly memorable. ATE will release its second full-length this year, and several of the songs from that album will make their debut tonight.
Jollett, who started out as a writer before deciding to put his words to music, thinks that working with an orchestra presents a unique challenge and opportunity for a songwriter, because theres so much to consider. Theres something about a really big string section thats evocative of something youre just not going to get out of a banjo and an electric guitar, he explains.