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Under The Gun welcomes photographer Ryan Tuttle to our UTG family with her first photo set! We sent her to the Warfield in San Francisco on Thursday, April 11 to capture all the sights & sounds from The Airborne Toxic Event. Review and photos by Ryan below!

“You know it’s gonna be a f***ing good night!” screamed The Airborne Toxic Event‘s lead singer, Mikel Jollet, as he ran onstage at the Warfield in San Francisco, CA. Hailing from Los Angeles, the five piece group got their name from a section in the novel “White Noise” by Don DeLillo, which outlines the story of a man who is forced to confront his own mortality. While the band’s sound certainly echos a similar sense of melancholia, there is a hopeful, poetic nature present in their songs that seems to surpass it all.

Throughout their 90-minute set, the band pulled out all the stops and truly gave the crowd a night to remember. Mikel was all over every instrument and piece of equipment he could get his hands on, even stepping behind the drum set at the beginning of “Does This Mean You’re Moving On?” before jumping into the pit to enjoy the party amongst his fans. With the release of their 3rd album, Such Hot Blood, on the horizon, the band gave the crowd a taste of what’s to come with the San Francisco premieres of “Safe” and “True Love.” Despite being unfamiliar with these songs, the crowd danced and screamed as if they were already fan-favorites. One thing is for certain: these guys (and gal!) know how to entertain a crowd.

If you are unfamiliar with their songs, “Sometime Around Midnight,” is a great example of everything this band can offer. It opens with the sounds of Anna Bulbrook’s haunting viola, and builds to tell the story of a painful encounter with a lost love. The momentum escalates towards an epic instrumental conclusion, beautifully showcasing why this is a group that needs to be heard. If you have the chance to see them live, don’t miss out! Check out all the photos below for all the fun from this show!!


Hope you enjoyed all the photos from this set, view the full set here!

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