The band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee seems to have been put together by fate.
Trevor Terndrup and Tommy Putnam were childhood comrades with a deep passion for soulful music. The pair attended high school in Vestavia Hills, a suburb in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating, the two moved to Nashville, where they attended Belmont University. There, they met the remainder of their dream team. David Swan, a drummer from Atlanta, Georgia and fellow guitarist Spencer Thomson, of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The group quickly gained popularity and began playing small gigs and eventually did their own college tour. Terndrup’s soothing vocals coasting with the band’s synchronized harmonic telepathy set the group for success. Upon graduating, Swan decided to depart from the band to pursue another career path. Moon Taxi then enlisted, Tyler Ritter as drummer. Another friend from Vestavia Hills. In 2006, the group was writing and recording in preparation for their debut album, Melodica. At the same time, the group had keyboardist, Wes Bailey sit in on a few shows; after Melodica was released in 2007 he was permanently added to the family.
“Their musicianship remains tight, intricate and top-notch” – Associated Press
In coordination with releasing their first studio album, Putnam, Ritter, and Terndrup formed their own label, 12th South Records. An independent label housed in their 12th Avenue South home. After the success of Melodic, the five-piece recorded a live album. This attracted the attention of festival lovers and laid the foundation for their performances at popular events. Events such as Coachella and Firefly Music Festival among other popular fests.
“Over the last few years, Nashville’s Moon Taxi have worked their way up from Bonnaroo buzz-band to something approaching Kings of Leon country, playing a pleasingly cross-bred rock – a little indie, a little proggy, kinda poppy.” – Rolling Stone
I was able to ask the band a few questions about their harmonious five piece.
Are you guys fans of any other bands?
“We’ve played with My Morning Jacket at festivals. Their live performances and trajectory is great.”
How did you guys come up with the concept for Southern Trance? Is it an ode to your roots and where you are all from?
“I’m glad you asked, people don’t usually ask us about Southern Trance. It’s a song that changed the course of the band. We put an emphasis on lyrical content and melodies. Terndrup says he got together with the Bailey, who he calls ‘a melodic genius’ to create the basis of Southern Trance.”
With their growing popularity and more than 10 years of playing together, the band signed to RCA records in September , 2017. It’s possible that their production of loving, free-spirited music has catapulted them to the forefront of the Alternative Jam Rock scene.
How was the transition from independent to major label?
“It’s been fun, RCA has been great giving free reign of our music and they respect that we had been able to reach a certain success as independent artists for so long.”
If you could choose one album as your favorite, which would it be?
“I really can’t choose. All of them are snapshots of what was going on our heads at the time and how we communicated to one another as bandmates. Each album is a collaboration. I’m most excited about Let The Record Play and the music that we’re about to write.”
“Not Too Late” is off of the band’s new album Let The Record Play. The captivating visual follows the lives of three different characters – each overcoming their own obstacles – the video perfectly captures the song’s yearning lyrics and ‘80s inspired guitar and shows that it’s never too late to achieve the impossible. Watch the video here:
Let The Record Play is a triumphant moment of rock-pop exploration that proves that Moon Taxi is a rare band that can address the temperature of our turbulent times while also providing the euphoric musical escapism we so badly need. Produced and mixed by Spencer Thomson (the band’s guitarist), 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 past October, this LP, their RCA Records debut, has catapulted them even higher.
Tying into the album’s release, Moon Taxi performed their hit single “Two High” on The TODAY Show with Megyn Kelly TODAY and Jimmy Kimmel Live. “Two High,” is an uplifting song written to emanate peace, following the Women’s March this January. The song is a global streaming hit, reaching #1 at Triple A Radio, is being played on Sirius XM’s The Spectrum, Alt Nation and Jam On, and has garnered over 78 million streams on Spotify alone. “Two High” is also being featured in the 2018 Jeep Compass commercial.
What was your reaction to landing the Jeep Compass commercial?
“We were excited. It’s good publicity for the band and it’s another way to get our music out there. It was beautifully shot, they worked to really capture the lyrics of the song.”
Currently reaching new heights, Moon Taxi is now on an international tour. Check out the dates below. The tour concludes on October 7th in New York, tickets are available here. Get the latest updates from the band by following them @Moon_Taxi
Aside from their tour dates, the band will be performing alongside the Dave Matthews Band in Washington laster this year.
Moon Taxi Upcoming Shows
February 14 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic
February 15 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
February 16 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Jones Assembly
February 17 Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
March 2 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic @ One Big Holiday 2018
March 23 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
March 24 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
March 25 Houston, TX @ In Bloom Fest
April 4 Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford
April 5 Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
April 7 Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
April 12 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
April 14 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater
May 16 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
May 17 Baltimore, MD @ Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
June 1 Jackson, MS @ Cathead Jam at Cathead Distiller
June 7-10 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
July 14-15 Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Music & Arts Festival