The Airborne Toxic Event (album)

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The Airborne Toxic Event
Studio album by The Airborne Toxic Event
Released August 5, 2008 (US)
February 9, 2009 (UK)
Recorded Los Angeles, 2007
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Length 37:17
Label Majordomo Records
Shout! Factory
Island Records
Mercury Records
Producer Pete Min
The Airborne Toxic Event chronology
Does This Mean You're Moving On? EP
The Airborne Toxic Event
All at Once
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating (91%) [1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
The A.V. Club (C+) [2]
Blender 3/5 stars [3]
Drowned in Sound 7/10 stars [4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars [5]
Pitchfork Media (1.6/10) [6]
PopMatters 7/10 stars [7]

The Airborne Toxic Event is the self-titled debut album by the American alternative rock band The Airborne Toxic Event, first released in the US on August 5, 2008 by Majordomo Records/Shout! Factory. The album was re-released by Island Records on March 16, 2009 following the band's signing to the label. The entire album was recorded using a recording studio in the home of Pete Min, the band's producer. The first single in the US was Sometime Around Midnight, which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The album was released in the UK on February 9, 2009 and features three bonus tracks. First single "Gasoline" was released on November 17, 2008, and second single "Sometime Around Midnight" was released on February 2, 2009. "Gasoline" is also a playable track in the video game "Band Hero".

"Sometime Around Midnight" was picked as the Starbucks Pick of the Week as an acoustic for May 6.

Both "Sometime Around Midnight" and "Does This Mean You're Moving On?" were written about the same former girlfriend of Mikel Jollet's.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mikel Jollett, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Wishing Well"   3:57
2. "Papillon"   3:18
3. "Gasoline" (Jollett, Noah Harmon) 3:21
4. "Happiness Is Overrated" (Jollett, Harmon) 3:12
5. "Does This Mean You’re Moving On?"   2:14
6. "This Is Nowhere" (Jollett, Harmon, Stephen Chen, Daren Taylor, Anna Bulbrook) 2:50
7. "Sometime Around Midnight"   5:04
8. "Something New" (Jollett, Harmon) 3:07
9. "Missy"   3:40
10. "Innocence"   6:50


  • "Gasoline" (November 17, 2008)
    1. "Gasoline" – 3:20
    2. "The Winning Side" – 4:16
  • "Sometime Around Midnight" (February 2, 2009)
    1. "Sometime Around Midnight" – 5:03
    2. "Innocence" (Acoustic) – 8:50
  • "Happiness Is Overrated" (June 8, 2009)
    1. "Happiness Is Overrated"
    2. "I Don't Want to Be on TV"


  • Mikel Jollett – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Steven Chen – lead guitar, keyboards
  • Anna Bulbrook – keyboards, viola, backing vocals
  • Noah Harmon – bass
  • Daren Taylor – drums


Chart (2008) Peak
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 70
U.S. Billboard 200[9] 108
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 1
UK Albums Chart 35