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“Taxi Violence have never been a band to play things by the book. In their formative days they won a national ‘battle of the bands’ contest – and promptly politely refused the prize of a record company contract because it didn't offer them creative and financial control. Also, while their local peers dressed in skinny jeans and electro-neon and sought to emulate the burgeoning ‘indie’ sound, the band followed their guitar-slinging muse by delving into the original life-blood of rock 'n roll's harder edges.” – Evan Milton
Early in 2006, the front covers of South Africa´s daily entertainment newspapers throughout three different cities announced the arrival of "The next BIG things!". It was with a sense of uncanny prophecy, for in the months that followed, Taxi Violence would, through sheer dedication and solid musicianship, rise from relative local obscurity to being a band in national demand.
Taxi Violence have travelled a long and independent road to proving themselves as one of the best live acts in South Africa. Their sound can be described as alternative retro rock with a pinch of sleaze and bourbon.
Taxi Violence’s accolades:
• Four South African Music Award (SAMA) nominations – 2008 (Best Rock Album), 2012 (Best Rock Album and Group/Duo Of The Year), 2015 (Best Rock Album
• Five MK Award Nominations – 2005, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014
• Living It Up used in Audi SA / Protea Cricket Master Class online Campaign 2016
• SA Band featured on ProSieben German TV Channel Taff: 2016 TV Documentary about South Africa. Aired in Germany, Switzerland and Austria
• Teamed up with Windhoek Lager in a Nationwide Beer Brand meets Rock ‘n Roll band campaign. 2015
• Devil 'n Pistol features in Spud 2: The Madness Continues, starring John Cleese – 2013
• Jimi's Revenge was chosen as theme song for the popular show, MAN TV on SABC – 2010
• Headlined the Nokia Rock Summer Tour in 2009
• Toured in Germany and Holland in 2009, and had four tracks playlisted on Fritz Radio
• Voted ‘Best Live Act of 2007’ by Media24.com
• Headlined Oppikoppi, RAMfest, Rocking the Daisies, Synergy Festival, Up the Creek, Africa Bike week… and more
Taxi Violence’s awards:
• Won a national battle of the bands in 2005 (RBF Studios Emerging Sounds Competition)
• The Turn’s music video, directed by Ryan Kruger, won two awards at the Wirral International Film Festival 2010 in England. Ryan won ‘Best Director of Music Video’ and Philip Hotz won the Vesbin Award for 'Best Actor'
• Heads or Tails won ‘Best Video Award’ at Wirral International Film Festival 2011. Again, directed by Ryan Kruger.
Taxi Violence have supported:
• 3 Doors Down, Hoobastank, Staind and Evanescence at My Coke Fest 2007
• Powderfinger and Billy Talent in 2010
• Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Synergy Live 2011
• Seether in 2012 and 2013.
Taxi Violence’s discography:
• Taxi Violence EP (2005)
• Untie Yourself (2006)
• The Turn (2009)
• Unplugged: Long Way From Home (2011)
• Soul Shake (2013)
• Tenfold (2014)
• Shape and Form 1 EP (2017)
"Before Taxi Violence, there was no hard-rock revival in South Africa..." – Muse Magazine
"In an scene where camp electro all but dry humped retro-sexual rock into indie disco impotence, Taxi Violence were an anachronism. ‘Rock out with your cock out!’ was the rallying cry on their debut Untie Yourself (2007). A raw blast of classic rock exhaust fumes, the critics loved it." – GQ Magazine