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"Bones & Lungs"
Lunch Records FREE MP3 of the Month: Taxpayer's "When They Were Young"
More manic than depressive in temperament, this Boston band has already been compared with its share of hyper literate, big-sounding, high-strung contemporaries. Yet Taxpayer is fast putting all its debts behind.
In fact, the comparisons range much farther afield than the contents of the average city college student¹s iPod. Taxpayer Is Recommended If You Like: Franz Kafka, "Donnie Darko," the paintings of Francis Bacon, the smell of formaldehyde.
Absinthe, they say, gives you lead poisoning, makes you go crazy.³In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,² said another astute Mass-hole, Benjamin Franklin. Sex may be a great subject for rock n¹ roll, but death and taxes are timeless. It¹s an apt approach for a group that¹s clearly in it for the long haul.
The four band mates of Taxpayer singer-guitarist Jared Marsh, guitarist Michael Jones, bassist Tim Peters and drummer Rob Adams -- took the long route in getting to their debut album, ³Bones & Lungs.² Marsh and Adams were almost literally in diapers together. (Well, not the same pair.) The latecomer, Peters, a college-era addition, has already been with the group for a half-dozen years or so now.
And their play for longevity is made plain in the music. The futile quest for safety and comfort are recurring themes; so is disillusion. ³When They Were Young² fumes over the empty frivolity of youth; ³In My Final Year² anticipates an invalidism that goes well beyond anything imagined by the reigning geezers of rock.
It¹s heady stuff for a bunch of dudes still in their mid-20s. Dudes who aren¹t even terribly angst-y in their own daily dealings.
If the subject matter is bleak, the music is anything but. It¹s rapturous. Marauding. Full-throated, knives out. Well-suited for a killer light show, even. The songs on ³Bones & Lungs² are coliseum-sized, canyon-filling, mighty enough to speak on behalf of anyone within earshot.
And that¹s a vast audience. The band is called Taxpayer because the concerns are universal. This is no mere exercise in artful lament -- Eeyore with a beret. This is a powerful demand for something like meaning. Anyone with a number can relate.
& Lungs" Lunch Records 2005 Full Length CD (11 songs)
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