A violent success

By Chevawn Blum

Rather than an angry mob of taxi drivers, Taxi Violence happens to be one of South Africa?s most promising rock acts. Their past albums have enticed a fan base which makes this Cape Town based band of hooligans a small force to be reckoned with. But it is their latest album, The Turn, which has enticed even more fans to witness their violent success on the South African music scene.

Fresh from their SAMA award for Best-Rock album in 2008, their 2009 album shows the great deal of experience that the band has gained. The Turn has a total of 15 tracks, were women, religion, fame and even card games are worth singing about. Growing from their previous album, Untie Yourself, the band has explored a great deal with combining instrumental interludes in their tracks and have even gone so far as to successfully include purely instrumental tracks on the album. The album manages to move you through a journey of clever track arrangements, well placed instrumentals and cheeky, honest lyrics.

The fact is that in this well crafted album, some songs manage to whisper while others manage to shout. It is the perfect balance of emotions. Favourites to replay; Track 4 Depth of Feel, Track 2 Venus Fly Trap and Track 5 Devil ‘n Pistol. Devil ‘n Pistol had to be my favourite track on this album; it has something to do with the combination of the choir chorus and the smooth mix of the rock and the religious undertones. As for Venus Fly Trap the track is not just any track dedicated to a difficult lover, it is dangerous enough to intrigue everyone, girl or boy. Depth of Feel seems the most cathartic track on the album, though strangely dark, it still gives you that mischievous smile that these boys are used to putting on their fans’ faces. Tracks to skip, Track 8 Waste Not a little too much angst but obviously has a time and place for everything, maybe when you’re throwing priceless china at an ex.

The band seems to capture something truly great about South African rock with this album. Maybe it is the instrumentals or the clever lyrics that meant I caught myself tapping my foot and bobbing my head. Or, could it be the experimentation they have gone through on this new album? The use of the choir in Devil ‘n Pistol adds an edge that you don’t see coming till its here. I can’t put my finger on it, it’s clearly rock, but is it that good that there is enough guts and feel in it to make even non-rockers put the album on repeat? Yes, yes it is.

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