The Airborne Toxic Event is a month into making its third album, working with producer Jacquire King in Nashville. And frontman Mikel Jollett says the Los Angeles modern rock quintet is finding it easier than recording last year's sophomore effort, "All At Once."
"It's a lot less stressful," says Jollett, a onetime prose writer who founded ATE in 2006. "I think on the second record we all felt a tremendous amount of pressure to live up to the first. We're really thankful it was a big record for us and everything, but this time we just wanted to make something we love and not care if a (record company) person likes it or some radio programmer likes it or some blogger.
"Last time we thought much more about, 'Oh, these are the rules.' This time there's literally not a second thought to anything except, 'This is cool. I don't know why this is cool, but let's go with it.' "
ATE plans to head back into the studio later this summer to finish the album for a release "early, early next year," according to Jollett. But he's confident that fans will hear a new song or two during the handful of shows the group is playing this summer -- including a date in September with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra near Denver.
"We actually haven't talked about it, but we'd sort of like to do that," Jollett notes. "If the moment arises, I wouldn't be surprised. We literally just spent a month in the studio, then came back home for and minute before we go back on tour and then go back and finish the record.
"So we don't know what's happening. There's so much going on, it's hard to keep track of ourselves."
The Airborne Toxic Event, Minus The Bear and Tristen perform Saturday, July 14, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.
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