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Solar Taxi – She Dies With Beautiful Teeth EP (Review)

Posted in EP Review, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , on May 24, 2011 by Tickets There

We liked them a year ago, now we love them. Waterford electro dance / dirty funk outfit, Solar Taxi, are back with a brand new EP and we think you need to hear it.

She Dies With Beautiful Teeth is comprised of seductively catchy and widely diversified tunes suited for every mood. In just four tracks, the band have displayed an incredible talent for writing some of the most original music you’ll hear this year. With opening track, ‘The Fool’ you’re given a taste of their well established diva dance style which is only toppled by the harder, guitar driven follow up, ‘Glass Hearts’. The styles jump from gritty 70’s funk, to rock to expansive trance, all stripped back to a stimulating melancholic state.

Peachy Peach changes things again with the bands funkier, soul side breaking through to give the EP a healthy dose of Umpf! Bass lovers would be advised to check out some full on, chucky action from Peter Vogelaar, closely flowed by some shredding guitar lead from James O’Halloran. Last track, ‘White Lights’ shows the final face of She Dies With Beautiful Teeth. An excellent song, completely different in style to the other three and one that really serves singer, Aisling Browne’s voice exceptionally well and shows a depth that really stands out against a toned down background.

Excellent work from start to finish and without a doubt a band you’ll be hearing a lot more about over the coming months. In a decade when bands are so determined to stand out, but yet are too afraid to follow the long established guidelines of popular music, it’s comforting to know there’s still a few acts out there who can do it all.


MySpace Review – Solar Taxi

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by Tickets There

Recently, Tickets There seems to have turned the MySpace Reviews into an exclusive outlet for Ireland’s rock acts. That’s not the way it’s meant to be so we’re shaking things up (LMAOL – Ed). We’ve got two bands lined up who deserve some positive words. Bring on the Blues but first, bring on the dance.

Realistically, Tuesday morning is not a good time to start listening to dance music…unless you want to hate the band. This morning however, Tickets There is finding the beating tunes from Solar Taxi quite enjoyable. Now, we’re not going to go out of our way to convince we’re the biggest dance fans on the planet. We like some but we dislike / hate the majority of it. As genres go, dance and techno music is probably the worst for attracting horribly mundane acts with as much talent as a broken corkscrew. On the other hand, Irish acts such as LeGalaxie, Jape, Cowboy X, The Vinny Club and many more, are proving everyday that dance music can still be fresh, fun and exciting. I’m sure there’s some decent International dance acts as well but unless they’re called Def Leppard, we don’t care J

Blame Game is first up and it’s a pretty chill-axed, simple number. One thing that will grab you immediately is the quality of the production. It’s quite long for a dance number but it fills out the time well. There’s several well placed changes to keep things going and the song’s structure manages to keep evolving as the number goes on. What more can you say? Pretty decent tune.

CantWont is next and it’s more along the techno lines than Blame Game. There’s more force in the lyrics and it’s a little more interactive with the listener. There’s a nifty guitar soloing along in the background which makes a nice addition. Rather than constantly changing and evolving, this song is more structured and repetitive but this makes for a sweet little dance floor number.  Tickers There is liking it.

Moving swiftly passed the remixes, it’s time for Peachy Peach and yet again we have a change in styles. Instead of dance beats and techno keyboards, we get a full drum kit, a hooky wee bass line and a Sitar of all things. It keeps the upbeat tone of the previous tracks but it’s an indie/rock song through and through. Agh, the bass is sooo crunchy. Check 1 min. and 53 secs. in to see what I mean. The riff is simple, the playing is ni-ce!. Probably the best yet, kind of a pity we’re onto the last track.

Final song, In Your Skin immediately get’s back to the dance styling’s of the first two tracks. Its keyboards, bass and snare beats and  a general half two in the morning, falling around a dark floor covered in sweat, half hour queues at the bar, long stints in the toilets…both toilets, blackouts in taxi’s, bad kebabs and head spinning nostalgia.

Overall, as dance acts go I’d recommend Solar Taxi ahead of the pack. Their upbeat, tight as hell and have at least four tunes worth hearing under their belts. Check out their MySpace by Clicking Here and hear for yourself.