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Tait: The Hardest Way to make an Easy Living

2007-10-10 08:18
Nope. Tait may also have a penchant for penning impassioned tales of lost love, failed friendships and shattered dreams, but this Mother City band’s CV cites influences way more eclectic than the usual Smiths meets REM misery. How do classic rock legends like Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Metallica and Iron Maiden grab you? Or grunge gods like Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, and Soundgarden? Or uplifting modern pop-rockers like Matchbox 20? Cool! But what the hell are Tait so miserable about then? How about the fact that despite having plied their trade for almost half a decade, they’ve never really made it big?
Nope. Not Tait. They understand that making a go of it as a rock band in South Africa is hard work. Hell, like most SA rockers they’re happy to hear their songs on the radio. Which is precisely where their new single “She” is at the moment: sitting pretty at # 24 on the 5FM High Five @ 5 charts after just one day of being playlisted. It’s a moody modern rocker about a young woman trying to come to terms with the trauma of date rape. Phew, rather heavy content for radio play? You’d think so wouldn’t you? But then maybe this is maybe what sets Tait apart from the slew of tragically hip indie-rock boy bands who rage against the machine from the comfort of their suburban double-door garage hell.

Yep, Tait actually write songs about having the strength to survive in spite of the shit that life sometime throws at you. So hey, the next time life lobs you a curve ball, don’t curl up in a ball and hide. If you’re after an authentic antidote to feeling like a loser and need a truly inspirational soundtrack to save yourself from suicide then So Many Ways is well worth a spin. Sure, epigrammatic songs like "Crazy", "Loser", "Burnt" "Smile" and "She" are hearts-on-sleeve wrenching stuff, but hey honesty’s a rare commodity in pop these days. And Tait's pop also rocks pretty hard when it needs to, thank you very much.

Don’t believe us?
Watch the videos:
- She
- Interview: Real broadband
- Interview: Fake broadband

A collection of songs influenced by love, life and death…So many ways to love…. So many ways to live…. so many ways to die” mopes the press release to Tait’s latest CD, So Many Ways. Aw shucks, not another local band castrating themselves at the altar of sad bastards like Coldplay and Radiohead?

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