October 17, 2009
The Airborne Toxic Event /The Henry Clay People/ Red Cortez – Webster Hall - Thursday, October 15, 2009
For their set, The Airborne Toxic Event managed to do, most of the songs from their debut CD along with two covers. They did “This Magic Moment” originally recorded by the Drifters but also covered by Jay Black and The Americans as well as Lou Reed. Airborne's version was less of a straight forward cover and more danceable with a hypnotic beat. I was unfamiliar with the second encore which was a cover of a Yo Lo Tango song but I did enjoy it.
With a name like The Airborne Toxic Event and quite a few sad songs, I didn't expect Airborne's set to be so upbeat. But their set pretty much remained upbeat from the beginning, only departing from that feeling when the material warranted it. One of the few times when they did get more intense was during the acoustic portion. Mikel Jollett sang a new song and then “Wishing Well” which is the opening cut of their CD. He set up “Wishing Well” as a feeling that person gets a 2 o'clock in the morning when they don't want to be in their own skin. I have to give props to Jollett because he sang both songs sitting at the very edge of the stage. He managed to stay in each song's character and kept his concentration through out the songs while people were screaming out I love yous and flashing their IPhone cameras.
The audience loved Airborne Toxic. They sang along to most of the material on Airborne's CD especially “Gasoline.” When it came to Toxic's most well known song “Around Midnight”, the fans cheered, sang along and were really happy. I was glad they were doing the song as well but I had to wonder if everyone in the audience understood how painful the moment is that is being described in the song. It was just a thought, I guess even if the audience didn't relate to the situation, they probably did relate to the emotion behind it.
I was having a good time, so I wasn't waiting for or expecting an encore but once it was upon us it was the best part of the show. The first encore is my favorite song “Happiness is Overrated” which I didn't realize they hadn't yet done. After “Overrated” Mikel asked the other two bands back out on stage and do the late Jim Carroll's “ Those Are The People Who Died.” (Jim Carroll and T Rex were the two times I felt comfortable knowing all the words – so you can guess my age group.) If memory serves me right, the last song of the evening was “Missy” which was interwoven with two Smith songs “Ask ” and “Panic,” and then band introductions.
The show was a good full evening, you can quote me. G.F.E.
-Does This Mean your Moving On
-Girls in Their Summer Dresses
-This is Nowhere
-Sometime Around Midnight
-All I Ever Wanted
-Happiness is Overrated
-People Who Died
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