Friday, September 12, 2008

On the Topic of Monolith...."The Winning Side," The Airborne Toxic Event

Heading off to the Monolith Festival in Denver this afternoon to see over 60 bands over two days. Bands I'm excited to see include The Whigs again, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, a group I hear puts on an amazing live show, and the large amount of East LA bands that are playing like The Airborne Toxic Event.

If you bought a copy of The Airborne Toxic Event's self-titled debut album via Itunes, a bonus track called "The Winning Side," was included. Having received my version hardcopy, the first I'd heard this song when the band opened their DC show with it. A catchy little track about a dark subject (Iraq), it employs all the things that Airborne does best: a fast and driving drum beat, catchy guitar riffs, and smart lyrics you can visualize.

They did not do a video for this song during their acoustic song series, videos they released of each track off their record performed acoustically around Los Angeles. But here is the acoustic version of "The Winning Side", "brand new even to them," at an CA in-store performance last month.

(The Airborne Toxic Event plays the Monolith Festival this Sunday, as well as assorted dates across the country opening for The Fratellis.)

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