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Actually no, the usual imported road route of ‘sounds like’ listening prejudices isn’t going to cut it with these guys. See, George van der Spuy (vox), Loedi van Renen (bass & backing vox), Louis Nel (drums) and Rian Zietsman (guitar) couldn’t give a toss if you hear Led Zep, Thin Lizzy or Lithium in their black-and-blue car cruising rock crawls about the hell of handling modern life…and high maintenance babes. And you can forget about the conveyor belt of identity crises preaching their recycled post grunge, post punk, or neo-New Wave wares as something ‘cutting edge’ too. Taxi Violence doesn’t wear their influences on their sleeves – they insist you do.

So big deal? It is. See, Taxi Violence don’t court controversy like Afrikaans garage rock rebels Fokopolisiekar. They’re not upwardly mobile like arty party neo-new wave poster boys The Dirty Skirts. And no, they’ve got no intention of preaching to any post-grunge, drunk-punk, punk-metal, emo, screamo or ska-core clique every week. Instead, Taxi Violence prefers that good old fashioned “classic rock” tag. Crikey, sounds like a euphemism for the kind of ageing air guitar pyrotechnics championed by dinosaur rock DJs such as Chris Pryor?

Forget about it. Any band with the balls to refuse to sign an allegedly crap record contract just to hear their songs on CD deserves kudos. As anyone who has seen their powerful live performances over the past year will attest to, Taxi Violence is way more than just this year’s “next big thing”. They remain a rarity in South African rock – a band fuelled by a DIY self-belief and an unflinching passion to prove that uncompromisingly original rock can find more than just a niche audience in this country. The entire country is beginning to tune in to their back to basics rock and roll revolution too. Singles “Waking Up” and “Untie Yourself” have both occupied top spot on our MP3 download charts. And their debut CD, Untie Yourself has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike.

Miles Keylock
Imagine the Queens of the Stone Age inviting Soundgarden round for a bit of a booze-up and you’ve got some idea of where Cape Town’s Taxi Violence is on the South African rock map.
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