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.
It all started in September 2004, when best friends Rian Zietsman, Loedi van Renen and Louis Nel invited George van der Spuy to a jam session at a military base. They played their very first show in March 2005, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Taxi Violence have travelled a long and independent road to proving themselves as one of the best live rock bands in South Africa. Their sound can be described as alternative retro rock, with a pinch of sleaze and bourbon.