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Rob Taxpayer of The Taxpayers announces Song Of The Week Club

This is something cool that all you fans of Portland/New Orleans folk-punk group The Taxpayers will enjoy.  Rob Taxpayer has announced that he is starting up a Song Of The Week Club.  Here’s Rob explaining what it’s all about:

“It’s called “Song of the Week Club”. It’s basically where I send you a song I’ve been working on every week. Sometimes I might tell you how I wrote it, what it’s about, and the chords, which might be interesting to those of you who are thinking about getting into songwriting.

It’ll be through the platform Patreon, because I’m not terribly computer savvy and can’t figure it out on my own.

I generally write and record a demo song every other night, and only about 5% of those songs end up being songs we use for Taxpayers albums. I’ve been getting sad that nobody hears these songs except for me and the cats, and I thought that this would be a nice way to connect with the world on a more regular basis than the once-per-year-album the Taxpayers usually put out.”

You can sign up for this club over at Patreon for just 5 bucks a month!

DS Interview: Rob Taxpayer (The Taxpayers) on new album, punk ethos, and dream gig

The Taxpayers were the first band to ever convert me live. I saw them with Bomb the Music Industry! and the Sidekicks at the now defunct Backspace many years ago. It was a night to remember. The band ripped through their set, but also taught us dances and threw blow-up animals into the pit to be knocked around. They showed me what a good live band was supposed to be, while proving that serious and fun don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The Taxpayers can have it both ways, and seeing them do it so successfully has made me a lifelong fan. The night, the stage, the show is for fun. The album is for art. A band can have both– and the Taxpayers regularly do.

Big Delusion Factory is their latest in a long series of wonderfully intricate punk albums and I was lucky enough to sit down with vocalist/guitarist Rob Taxpayer to discuss that and much more.

Click here for full interview.

DS Exclusive: The Taxpayers stream 2 songs off upcoming album “Big Delusion Factory”

This summer The Taxpayers will unleash their new album Big Delusion Factory through Secret Pennies Records. Personally I’ve been anxiously awaiting this album since they released Cold Hearted Town three long years ago, which is why I’m so stoked to premiere the album’s first two tracks “Call Me Linda” and “Easy Money” for you guys today.

Give the tunes a listen and read a bit about their inspiration from singer Rob Taxpayer below.

The Taxpayers announce new album “Big Delusion Factory”

Portland/New Orleans folk-punk group The Taxpayers have just announced their newest album Big Delusion Factory.

The album is set to be released on May 1st, and you can check out the cover art to the left.  The band had this to say about the new release:

“Big Delusion Factory is the story of a woman who tells everyone to call her Linda (even though that’s not her name). It follows her increasing volatility and frustration with the rapid changes happening in the city around her after a natural disaster.”

The Taxpayers last released Cold Hearted Town on June 15th, 2013.

Plan-It-X offer entire catalog for $134.96

So this is something a little different. Those fine folks over at Plan-It-X have just put their entire catalog on sale for exactly $134.96. It’s definitely a hefty sum, especially since punk-rockers of the folk variety aren’t exactly known for rolling in disposable income. Than again, this collection does include albums such as The Taxpayer’s “God Forgive These Bastards”, Ramshackle Glory’s “Live The Dream”, and the Ghost Mice/AJJ split, arguably three of the greatest folk-punk albums of all time. So hey, if your wallets feeling a little hefty, and you wanna hugely expand your folk-punk collection, check out the labels Bandcamp page here.

Fringe Sound Records launches Kickstarter to fund Neutral Milk Hotel tribute

Shiny new record label Fringe Sound, founded by music journalist James Carlson, is looking to release a tribute to indie rock stalwarts Neutral Milk Hotel, and is using Kickstarter to fund the project.

Bands like Mischief Brew, Off With Their Heads, and The Taxpayers have already signed on. The project goal is $17,800, which is going to cover studio time and initial pressing costs.

For more information, check out the fundraiser here.

Album Review: The Taxpayers – “Cold Hearted Town”

Cold Hearted Town is not only a continuation, but a regrouping. Following their epic masterpiece God Forgive These Bastards, whatever The Taxpayers decided to do next would have to face down the grandiloquence of their last effort. Cold Hearted Town scales down the scope this time around with only twenty-two minutes to its name and a stripped down soundscape. While not bad by any means, I found myself missing the ambition and experimentalism of their previous work and wishing Cold Hearted Town aimed for something higher.

“Cold Hearted Town Part 1” opens the album with a swampy blues atmosphere, no doubt a tribute to their new co-hometown New Orleans. The jazzy horns– perhaps God Forgive These Bastards’ most identifiable characteristic– are back but this time a bit more accessible in their application, giving the song an almost film noir feel. Rob Taxpayer is as passionate a shouter as ever, the sound of his voice simultaneously raw and melodic. The songs companion piece, “Cold Hearted Town Part 2” features some of The Taxpayers’ best lyricism to date, painting a stark portrait of a poverty and crime-ridden town. One particularly chilling couplet caught my ear in particular: “Buy a suicide connection, or a child for half the price: you can treat him like a dog and only feed him bowls of rice.”

“Plant Oak” is driven by acoustic guitar and bluesy harmonica. It’s slow and meditative, bringing a palpable melancholy to the already dark lyricism. The following song, “Lynch Pins” is more recognizably punk in its tempo– but of course still permeated with The Taxpayers’ trademark non-punk instrumentation. Its insistent beat is its strength, pushing one’s body into its own stilted rhythm.  It’s with “Blackridge Theme” where Cold Hearted Town loses a lot of luster with me. I’ve never been one for instrumentals, especially boring, repetitive ones. While sometimes an instrumental can be a compositionally worthy addition, or serve a distinct purpose in regards to an album’s flow, “Blackridge Theme” ultimately drowns in its own extended runtime, destined only to be skipped in future listens.

I’ve always loved The Taxpayers’ the most when they bring their hardcore influences to the forefront and filter them through the prism of their own unique style. “Something in the Water” is one of the more interesting tracks on the album– featuring female backup vocals, Rob Taxpayers’ hardcore vocal delivery, and some truly jazzy horn lines. It’s a shame it ends so soon, as it’s one of the few songs that feels like it could’ve found a home on God Forgive These Bastards. “Evil Men” is an acoustic track and a fitting, if not slightly unambitious, ending to Cold Hearted Town. The song is catchy, bouncy, and features some great imagery (Lonnie is dead face down in the water. His bloated back grows red as the sun grows hotter). “Evil Men” wraps things up neatly with its final chorus, a classically punk rock sentiment: “These liars, killers, and evil men have collected the land and are in power again. You can hide under a rock or you can turn yourself in, but they are ruthless, hungry, and in power again.”

Cold Hearted Town is undoubtedly a good album, maybe even very good, but compared to the transcendent God Forgive These Bastards, its hard not to look at is as a regrouping– a mulligan, if you will, from fan to artist, still riding the high that was their last record. The Taxpayers are a great band, and Cold Hearted Town doesn’t diminish that reputation, but it serves as a iron-clad reminder that The Taxpayers’ are best when they’re pushing punk’s boundaries, not working within them.

3.5/5 Stars

The Taxpayers streaming “Cold Hearted Town”

Portland/New Orleans folk-punk group The Taxpayers are streaming their soon-to-be-released album Cold Hearted Town.

Check it out here.

Cold Hearted Town, which drops June 15, is the follow up to The Taxpayers’ last release, 2012′s God Forgive these Bastards: Songs from the Forgotten Life of Henry Turner, which was released by Asian Man Records/Really Records/Useless State Records/Plan-it-X Records and Cantankerous Titles.

Ramshackle Glory announce US summer tour w/ The Taxpayers

Arizona folk punks Ramshackle Glory have announced they will be hitting the road this summer for a US tour with The Taxpayers.

Click here for details on the tour. Many of the venues are to be announced, so we’ll keep you posted as they are announced.

Ramshackle Glory’s upcoming split with Ghost Mice, which is called “Shelter,” is set to be released on June 1st via Plan-It-X Records. You can check out a couple songs off the split here.

The Taxpayers stream 2 new songs from upcoming album “Cold Hearted Town”

Portland/New Orleans folk-punk group The Taxpayers will be releasing their new album titled Cold Hearted Town, digitally on June 1st, CD on June 15th and vinyl on July 21st.

Two tracks, “Cold Hearted Town PT 1″ and “Cold Hearted Town PT 2”, both off the forthcoming release, can be streamed right here.

You can pre-order the album on the band’s bandcamp page.  The pre-orders will help fund the album’s CD release through Useless State Records (their own record label) and to fund their east coast tour this summer with Ramshackle Glory.

Cold Hearted Town is the follow up to The Taxpayers’ last release, 2012′s God Forgive these Bastards: Songs from the Forgotten Life of Henry Turner, which was released by Asian Man Records/Really Records/Useless State Records/Plan-it-X Records and Cantankerous Titles.

The Taxpayers detail “Cold Hearted Town,” offer two tracks for streaming

Portland/New Orleans folk-punk group The Taxpayers are preparing a new album, titled Cold Hearted Town, for release. The album is available for pre-orders on the Plan-it-X Bandcamp page. Two tracks, “Man in White” and “Evil Men” are available for streaming.

You can click here to hear the two tracks. You can click through to pre-order.

Cold Hearted Town is the follow up to The Taxpayers’ last release, 2012’s God Forgive these Bastards: Songs from the Forgotten Life of Henry Turner, which was released by Asian Man Records/Really Records/Useless State Records/Plan-it-X Records and Cantankerous Titles.

DS Staff Picks – Top Albums of 2012 (Carson)

While 2011 was a year of instant classics and enthusiastic experimentation, 2012 is a year that reinforced the basics of punk rock. This year we had young bands come out of nowhere and reinvigorate old sounds (who would’ve thought, that in 2012, melodic hardcore would be exciting again?) and old bands returning to prove their relevance. While 2012 didn’t strike me the same way as 2011 did, I still found plenty to love this year.

Check out my list here.

The Taxpayers releasing DVD on Asian Man Records “The Taxpayers Go To Florida”

Portland, Oregon’s folk-punk rockers The Taxpayers have apparently documented their road trip to Florida with The Wild in the form of a DVD, which is slated for release October 30th on Asian Man Records.

Check out the trailer here.

Album Review: The Taxpayers – “God, Forgive These Bastards”

The Taxpayers are everything modern punk should be– a merging of chaos, melody, and intelligent lyricism that recklessly claws at divinity. “God, Forgive These Bastards” Songs From The Forgotten Life Of Henry Turner is without a doubt The Taxpayers’ best work to date, but more so it throws down the gauntlet to their peers. This is how good punk can be and this is how good punk should be.

God, Forgive These Bastards… is a concept album that follows the titular Henry Turner, a man who goes from a promising future in baseball to a homeless storyteller riding the buses of Portland, OR. While concept albums have ambition to spare, they usually fail in their execution. Either the story suffers at the hands of forced songs, or the songs are too vague to hold the structure of a story within them. However, the songs on God, Forgive These Bastards… are brilliant; snapshots of a man’s life set fervently to music.

But what makes the record even more exciting is its companion piece– a biographical novel written from the perspective of Henry Turner himself, authored by Taxpayer vocalist/guitarist Rob Morton. While the album works perfectly on its own, the book exists to contextualize it. Having listened to the album first, its literary counterpart acts as the dialogue between musical numbers, enriching the songs without becoming a crutch.

The album begins with the sporadic bursts of a horn section, lending the opening of “And The Sun Beats Down” a jazzy atmosphere that eventually transitions to a more conventional guitar and bass set-up. But as a verse ends the song once again blasts full force into a chaotic horn melee. For God, Forgive These Bastards… The Taxpayers have added jazz as a prominent component to the long list of influences that define their sound.

“Atlanta’s Own” features some truly frenetic horn work, sounding like a hardcore punk version of “Flight of the Bumblebee” played with breakneck abandon. Even with its speed, The Taxpayers maintain a melodic foundation, never sacrificing tunefulness for tempo. “Weapon of God”  remains one of my favorite songs on the album, featuring a bouncy aggressiveness that speaks volumes in its delivery. The lyrics are sung on the crumbling edge of hoarseness, bringing to mind the wild-eyed desperation of Henry Turner himself at his lowest point.

The lyrical content of God, Forgive These Bastards… is top-tier stuff. The opening couplet of “The Business Man” manages to not only twist a rhyme into a meaningful set of words but to also satisfy the rhythms lilting cadence: “God, it never got easy, but it sure got good when the businessman came to my adopted neighborhood.” It’s no secret that rhymes are pleasing to the ear, but to tell a story with them is no easy task, making it all the more impressive to hear The Taxpayers’ tight rhymes unravel into story.

“I Love You Like An Alcoholic” is in the style of The Taxpayers’ folkier material, and is one of the strongest songs on the album, effectively slowing the pace for a little introspection. But to say one song is better than another is really a disservice to the consistently excellent songwriting displayed throughout God, Forgive These Bastards…, an album like this doesn’t have any bad songs.

On two occasions, we are given interviews instead of songs that relate to Henry Turner’s past. While some listeners may be disapointed with these tracks, they provide the necessary anecdotal evidence to bring further depth to the Turner story.  It’s important to note however, that the existence of Turner is still up for debate. Besides the information provided from The Taxpayers, I haven’t been able to find anything that confirms or denies his existence. But at the end of the day, this story isn’t about documentation. Henry Turner may not exist, but that doesn’t make his story any less poignant.

The Taxpayers are pushing punk forward without lapsing into pretentious inaccessibility. Their music is fast, loud, and hard. But it’s also smart, passionate, and honest. God, Forgive These Bastards… deserves not only to be heard, but to be respected.

Download it for free here.

The Wild recording full-length album with Laura Jane Grace, announce US tour

Atlanta, Georgia based The Wild have announced that they will be hitting the studio on August 12 to begin recording a full-length album with none-other than Against Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace.  The album will include 11 new songs and the band has created a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for this DIY effort.  The band’s most recent release was a split 7″ with Worthwhile Way on Eager Beaver Records.

The band has also announced that they’ll be hitting the road on June 20th for a month long US tour with The Taxpayers.  To view these tour dates, click here.