A Decade of Taxi Violence
by Jarryd Wood
This article title should not be confusing you, so to clear things up “No, not like in the Cape flats…” – 2014 marks 10 years of the rock and roll outfit from Cape Town, Taxi Violence, existence! Personally I can’t believe it has been that long; it felt like yesterday when I first watched Taxi Violence music videos on MK 89 (Ja swaer die goeie ou-dae van MK). Taxi Violence, like a butterfly on a National Geographic advert, seamlessly went through a metamorphosis right before our very eyes! And it was an awesome sight to behold!
From the release of their video ‘Rock Out’ in 2005, one of the first videos on MK, to ‘Devil and Pistol’ being featured in the movie Spud 2: The Madness Continues (A movie that features international comedy genius John Cleese) in 2013, is a testimony to hard work that paid off.
If that isn’t enough they have been nominated for; three South African Music Awards in 2008 (Best Rock Album) and 2012 (Best Rock Album and Group/Duo Of The Year), Voted ‘Best Live Act of 2007’ by Media24.com, their album ‘Untie Yourself’ reached number four on 5FM’s Top 40 and was also voted as album of the month in January 2007’s edition of GQ. Taxi Violence got international recognition in 2009 when they toured in Germany and Holland and had four tracks playlisted on Fritz Radio. They also headlined the Nokia Rock Summer Tour in 2009.
Taxi Violence has also supported International acts like; 3 Doors Down, Hoobastank, Staind and Evanescence, Powderfinger and Billy Talent, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Synergy Live 2011, Eagles of Death Metal, Seether, Biffy Clyro (at RAMfest 2014), Wolfmother, Editors and Rival Sons at Oppikoppi 20 Odyssey in 2014.
I am honoured to say that I am a Taxi Violence fan. I cannot wait to see what they dish up in the 10 years to follow. So here is to Taxi Violence and 10 years of rocking…Salute!!
Check out Taxi Violence new music video for ‘Beaten by The Gun’:
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