With a decade-long steady diet of touring and opportunities to both get decent lineup slots on major festivals (Coachella, Forecastle, Bonnaroo) and appearances on the talk show circuit (most recently, Jimmy Kimmel Live), Nashville’s Moon Taxi’s earned their solid reputation as a consistently great live band.
The band’s earliest work fell under the “jam band” umbrella though as time has passed, Moon Taxi’s alt-pop sound has expanded their fanbase to included more than just wake-and-bake college students. The band’s most recent effort – and sixth studio album – Let the Record Play contains the hit single “Two High” which you can catch on radio stations like CD102.5.
Moon Taxi performs in the CD102.5 Big Room at 1:30pm on April 12 and then heads to the Newport Music Hall for a headlining gig later that evening. Before rolling into town, Moon Taxi’s lead singer/guitarist Trevor Terndrup answered some email questions I sent his way. Just it out bellow and find out what Trevor’s connection to Columbus is.
My introduction to Moon Taxi came when I was seeking out smaller, more independent music festivals within a few hours drive from Columbus, Ohio and I stumbled upon the Moon Tower Music Festival in Kentucky a few years ago. Can you tell me a little bit about it?
Moon Tower was a great time as it was so close to Lexington, KY. We felt like we had a lot of people who knew what Moon Taxi was all about, so it was a great energy that night.
Would you consider your sound that of a jam band? Were you listening to bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish in your college dorm rooms? If not, what type of music were you listening to when the band formed?
I was definitely listening to The Grateful Dead when I learned to play guitar and Phish in college. So, I come from a pretty healthy jam band lineage. I would say that we’re a rock band that has jam sections in it.
Tell me about your music listening habits. Does it depend on the situation (ie – you stream music on your phone while out for a walk/run, you listen to CDs in your car, you have a turntable in your living room and only listen to albums when at home) or do you have really passionate views about one particular way of listening to music?
I like to listen to the radio in my car. I stream music on my phone and I have a surprisingly awesome 8-track collection. That’s my one oddball source of music consumption.
Does your booking agent throw different cities to you to gauge interest or does he/she email/call/fax you a list of dates and say, “Here’s where you’re playing during the next 6 weeks”?
We have half a dozen darts and we put up a map of the country. We take three shots of bourbon, throw the darts in the general direction of the map and that’s how we decide our touring. 🙂
Is there a particular venue or two that you look forward to playing if for no other reason than the dressing room/backstage is amazing?
That’s a good question. One of our favorite places to play is the Georgia Theater in Athens, GA. We’re partial because we’re good friends with the people at the venue. But impartially it is a great historic space for rock music in the Southeast.
When you see Columbus on the tour itinerary, any thoughts come to mind? Any strong memories about playing in Columbus?
Yeah, my parents used to live in Columbus, in German Village. So, I know the city fairly well and I’m always excited to play near a big university because the energy is young and vibrant.
You lose some of the creature comforts of home while on the road (like having a washer and dryer!). Does it feel like a luxury when you roll into a venue and find they have a place to do your laundry? Have you ever gone on an extended tour (say more than a week) with only one or two shirts and not done laundry until you got home?
Laundry is always a plus when arriving at a venue at the road. I find myself doing laundry even after just one show so I don’t have to put dirty clothes back in my bag. I know this wastes water but I’m an avid recycler so hopefully this evens it out. I pack very lightly for this reason because I could just do laundry several times throughout the tour. And I end up wearing the same jacket onstage every night anyway.
If a promoter came to you and said, “You have an endless budget for your performance. Whatever you need to deliver the most memorable concert of your life, tell me and it’ll happen”, what would you ask for so that audience members walk out after the show saying “That was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. I’ll remember this show until the day I die”?
Oh, great question! I would say, if money was no issue, I would make it a dinner thing. Like we would feed everybody amazing, locally sourced, thoughtfully prepared food. Everybody would get massages with essential oils. We’d really commune as an entire group and then the show would happen. And I feel like everybody would be in the best mindset for the best show ever.
To wrap this up, I’ll ask you for some recommendations. I’m going to be in Nashville in mid-May. What is something that I need to do while there?
Go eat at some of the great restaurants we have to offer! Nashville has become an underdog foodie town with wonderful restaurants and award-winning chefs. There’s way too many to mention right now.