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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.



The Taxpayers stream new song “As The Sun Beat Down” off upcoming album

Portland, Oregon’s folk-punk rockers The Taxpayers are streaming “As The Sun Beat Down,” a new song off their upcoming album “God, Forgive These Bastards” right here.

The album is due out June 26th on Asian Man Records, Really Records and Plan-It-X Records.  The album is being co-released with a book of the same name written by the band’s own Rob Taxpayer and being published on Microcosm/Cantankerous Titles.  Both the book and the album are about a fella named Henry Turner, former Georgia Tech pitching star turned street character.



The Taxpayers announce US tour dates with The Wild

Portland, Oregon’s folk-punk rockers The Taxpayers will be hitting the road for a massive tour this summer with Atlanta’s The Wild coming along for a portion of it.  Check out all the dates and locations here.

The Taxpayers will be supporting their upcoming full-length album entitled “God, Forgive These Bastards” due out this Summer on Asian Man Records, Really Records and Plan-It-X Records.

The Wild are also reportedly releasing a new album this year on Asian Man.



Free Comp: “Too Punk To Folk” (features unreleased Mischief Brew, Roughneck Riot and more)

Without a doubt “Folk-Punk” is one of punk’s fastest growing sub-genres.  As popularity climbs, however, its defining lines have inevitably blurred sometimes making it hard to find the punk amongst all the folk.  “Too Punk To Folk” is a compilation that focuses on the “punkier” side of folk-punk, highlighting bands that still convey the speed or angst that originally helped define our beloved genre. Through accordions, fiddles, acoustic guitars and banjos the mode of “folky” delivery varies by band but the musical aesthetic of this group of artists is undeniably “punk rock.”

We’re releasing this digital compilation simply because we think the bands it features are badass and deserve a little more attention in the punk scene at large.  It features quality tunes from 12 amazing folk-punk acts, including previously unreleased material from Mischief Brew, The Roughneck Riot, The Shell Corporation, The Slaughterhouse Chorus and RMS Olympic.

DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE HERE.



Festival: Gathering Of The Goofpunx (Portland, Oregon)

The Gathering Of The Goofpunx is a celebration of DIY-Punk culture in Portland, OR beginning Thursday, April 5th and continuing through Sunday, April 8th. The weekend will feature all-ages punk shows, a parade, a spelling bee, a punk rock carnival, a late night screening of Weird Al’s classic “UHF”, and a bunch of other weird/fun shit. If DIY-punk culture was only about music, it would be fucking boring.

Over 50 bands will be performing including the likes of The Taxpayers and Ramshackle Glory.  You can check out the entire listing and get more info about the gathering right here.

For those of you that don’t know what the “goof punk” movement is all about (I didn’t til I wrote this post) you can read the Goof Punk Manifesto here.



The Taxpayers releasing new album/book “God, Forgive These Bastards”

Portland, Oregon’s folk-punk rockers The Taxpayers will be releasing a new full-length album entitled “God, Forgive These Bastards” this Summer on Asian Man Records, Really Records and Plan-It-X Records.  The album is being co-released with a book of the same name written by the band’s own Rob Taxpayer and being published on Microcosm/Cantankerous Titles.  Both the book and the album are about a fella named Henry Turner, former Georgia Tech pitching star turned street character.

More details on the album as well as an East Cost tour are coming soon.

The Taxpayers released their last album as a free download through Quote Unquote Records in January, 2011.



Plan-It-X Fest details announced (Defiance Ohio, Mischief Brew, The Taxpayers, a billion folk punk bands)

DIY-driven independent record label Plan-It-X Records has announced the details for 2012’s Plan-It-X Fest, to take place June 22-24 in Bloomington, Indiana. Now in its sixth year, the fest will feature a slew of folk punk bands, including big names like Mischief Brew and Defiance, Ohio as well as more than a few newcomers. Check out the full lineup and schedule here.

As usual, after a small amount of promotion expenses (staff is 100% volunteer), all the proceeds will go to benefit a handful of (currently TBD) charities.

For all the information, check out the festival’s website.



New music by The Taxpayers

Continuing the trend of bombarding you–the readers–with new music today, we’ve got some new material from Portland, Oregon. This punk group called The Taxpayers have several new songs up online. These songs–“The Windows Break”, “Some Kind Of Disaster Relief”, “It Gets Worse Every Minute”, and “And The Damn Thing Bit Him!”–are all part of an upcoming release of theirs titled To Risk So Much For One Damn Meal. You can listen to these songs in The Taxpayers’ MySpace.

Also according to their MySpace, The Taxpayers are “on friggin TOUR!”



Free Album Download: The Taxpayers – “Rhythm In The Cages”

the-taxpayers-rythm-in-the-cagesMore and more bands are just giving away their albums for free and I gotta say, I’m digging the trend.  I guess if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.  You can download Rhythm In The Cages, the latest full-length from Portland, Oregon’s The Taxpayers, at Quote Unquote Records.  The album is free but donations are appreciated, of course.

Here’s what the label has to say about the album:

Out of Portland come a band that is equally poppy as they are noisy, explosive as they are muted, fun as they are fucking serious. A Rhythm in the Cages sounds like a party on fire. Everyone’s about to die, but at least we’re all laughin’ about it. Or at least kinda. Recommended if you’re into anything.



New Song: “The Lights” from The Taxpayers

dangerous-intersections-viThe Taxpayers are streaming a brand new track titled The Lights on their MySpace page.  The song will appear on the upcoming Traffic Street Records compilation Dangerous Intersections VI (a four way 7″ split) which should be available later this month.