After a Top 20 showing and a couple of radio hits ("Changing," "Timeless") from 2011's "All At Once," The Airborne Toxic Event found itself with an unusually free hand in making its third album, the just-released "Such Hot Blood."
And Mikel Jollett says that allowed the Los Angeles modern rock troupe to really hone in on the album it wanted the make.
"We've never had so much time, a whole year, to make a record," says Jollett, 38, TATE's frontman and chief songwriter. "We really felt like we didn't want to make 'All At Once,' again, that's for sure. So I didn't care how many times I had to rewrite the songs -- some of them I rewrote 20 times, with different arrangements and really sitting with the arrangements and trying to make the songs come to life.
"I felt like I had never worked so hard at something in my life, but it was worth it. We really wanted to get it right."
That, of course, put some pressure on the sessions in Nashville with producer Jacquire King, but Jollett says he and his bandmates spent more time rising to the challenging than succumbing to the expectations after "All At Once's" success.
"There was less pressure, I'd say, than on the second record," he notes. "My decision from the start was to just run with these ideas, whatever we had, and not worry about singles and sounds or what the trends are or where things are at musically. I wanted us to just have faith, that old idea that the universe inspires and eventually it'll conspire with us and people will understand what we're doing and we'll be able to make it happen without having to worry about it.
"That's pretty much what happened. There was no lack of inspiration, that's for sure -- which feels really good when we listen back to (the album)."
The Airborne Toxic Event and Leagues perform Wednesday, May 15, at the Majestic Theater, 4124 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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