Moon Taxi chat Coachella, 72 million Spotify streams and Katy Perry

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We meet American indie-alternative rock Nashville based band Moon Taxi. If you havnt heard about these guys yet you are already late to the party, with over 72 million Spotify streams already on new single ‘Too High’ Moon Taxi are here to stay!

“Two High,” the band’s newest single, has been taking Moon Taxi – Trevor Terndrup (vocals, guitarist), Spencer Thomson (lead guitarist and producer), Wes Bailey  (keyboardist), Tommy Putnam (bassist) and Tyler Ritter (drummer) – to new heights, topping over 70 million streams on Spotify and making heavy rotation on SiriusXM. Written in response to the push for peace, but not reacting to the politics of the Women’s March this past January, it’s a song that encourages listeners to keep looking for a positive way forward – from their own internal battles, to the ones suffered by the world at large.

Moon Taxi I London UK ©Distract 2018

“Our job as artists is to capture the moment and reflect how people feel,” says  Terndrup . “It doesn’t matter where you stand , we’re just trying to get folks to stand together.”

For their first record as RCA recording artists, Moon Taxi will expand on this vision

of inclusivity through music .  Let The Record Play is a triumphant moment of rock-pop exploration that proves that they’re a rare band that can address the temperature of our turbulent times while also providing the euphoric musical escapism we so badly need. Produced by Thomson, Let The Record Play is a document of one of the most creative bands to emerge from Nashville’s immensely fertile landscape – and one that has been thriving on the festival scene for years, bringing their electric performances to Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and beyond. Beloved enough in their hometown to sell out two nights at the famed

Ryman Auditorium this October, this LP – and their new relationship with RCA – is certain to catapult them even higher.    

The follow-up to 2015’s Daybreaker, produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, James Bay),  Let The Record Play was born purely out of the band’s creative, natural interplay: from Thom son’s constantly-flowing lyrical ideas, to Ritter’s “creative ​explosion,” Moon Taxi followed a wave to this record that felt organic to ride – as did keeping all of the intricacies of making an album, from producing to pre-production to mixing, close to their chest. Sometimes at Thom son’s house, sometimes at Nashville’s Sputnik Sound, they recorded Let The Record Play in a propulsive burst that felt easier  and more exciting than it ever had in their career. “We just let things happen and evolve,” says Thomson. “Let the music evolve, rather than chasing it. “

 

Following the lead of the spirit of “Two High,” they sought to make a record that lends itself as easily to the home speakers as it does to live shows (their Put ‘Em Up  tour continues through October) , blending the best of pop – great melodies, smart hooks – with lyrics that conjure stories and inspire real thoughtfulness . Bursting with  emotion and endlessly playful approaches to instrumentation and orchestration, Let The Record Play, chosen for a track of the same name, melds so many multifaceted worlds: it’s gritty, edgy, tropical and restlessly hard-rocking all atonce. And under Moon Taxi’s careful hand, it all feels supremely natural.

Moon Taxi with Presenter Alex Gray I London ©Distract 2018

It’s perhaps due to Moon Taxi’s inspired, inclusive worldview when it comes to their music that they’ve been able to have songs featured as the soundtrack to multiple commercial and TV placements – from BMW, Nashville , MLB, NFL to HBO Sports –but it’s their infectious live performances that keep fans coming back night after night. Touring for the better part of the decade, they’re the kind of band that inspires a loyal following willing to drive miles and miles (or fly many more) to catch them again and again.

Keep up with Moon Taxi:

Website: http://ridethemoontaxi.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridethemoontaxi

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoonTaxi

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moon_taxi/


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