The Airborne Toxic Event is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California. Both celebrated and panned by critics, the band is a listener favorite. The mix of strings with rock music is used create a hybrid sound with classic rock riffs.
While the first album was heralded as a fresh new sound (the Boston Herald dubbed it Debut Album of the Year), Pitchfork Media referred to the band as imitating the worst in other Indie acts.
I find their music enjoyable and easy to like. Although a familiar sound, the orchestral effects, and bright lyrics bring a degree of uniqueness to the band.