Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Jack Taylor and Alex Veale - Tax The Heat Print E-mail
Written by Jack Taylor and Alex Veale   
Sunday, 13 March 2016 04:00



With their ‘Fed To The Lions’ album due for release on April 8th, we thought it was about time we caught up with Bristol rockers Tax The Heat to find out what makes the boys tick musically. What better way to do this than via the power of the mixtape, and right here drummer Jack and singer Alex pick the 13 songs that they think helped shape Tax The Heat’s rather unique sound.


Jack Taylor (drums); Alex and I sat down and tried to come up with a list of thirteen important songs to us. It wasn’t an easy task, this list could easily be 100 tracks long. Here’s a bunch of tracks that have really inspired us in what we do…


1.) ‘All Day And All Of The Night’ - The Kinks (from the 1964 7” Pye single by the same name)


Alex Veale (singer/guitarist; One of the greatest singles ever written. From that opening distorted guitar line you are pulled in immediately. Ray and Dave's bombastic approach to song writing is a huge influence on us. To me The Kinks are pure energy and they have more hooks than a trout’s gullet. When we were starting Tax The Heat these bands from the ‘60s were part the blueprint.


2.) ‘Monsters In The Parasol’ - Queens Of The Stone Age (from the album ‘Rated R’)


Alex; I think the QOTSA album 'Rated R' is one that would feature in all of our favourite albums. It doesn't let up at all. QOTSA have had a huge impact on us as writers. I can hear lots of influences in their music from all kinds of genres and I'd like to think you could say the same of Tax The Heat. This song is a real punch in the face.


3.) ‘Getchoo’ - Weezer (from the albuim ‘Pinkerton’)


Alex; The first two Weezer records are standalone classics. We regularly listen to them on the tour bus. The production and song writing is so good. We could have picked a number of songs of theirs but this one has got great performances and energy.


4.) ‘White Guilt’ - The Bronx (from the album ‘The Bronx (II)’)


Jack; Another band that would happily go on in the TTH tour bus anytime, especially if you want a bit of an energy pick-up! This is one of many tracks that we could’ve picked. They’re one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen and a band that obviously have a real energy and passion for what they’re doing, it’s infectious when you see them.


5.) ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation’ - AC/DC (from the album ‘Powerage’)


Alex; Probably my favourite opening to an album, listening to Powerage is listening to a band at the top of their game. It sparked a series of four untouchable albums. Bon Scott was a toilet wall poet. He had a way with words that was both comical, real and gritty. Angus and Mal's guitars speak for themselves.


6.) ‘Draw The Line’ – Aerosmith (from the album by the same name)


Alex; Guitars up to ten and tuned down real low. ‘Draw The Line’ was the last classic album by Aerosmith before they became a full-blown drug infused mess. This album has some really great music on it. ‘Draw The Line’ has stood the test of time and still finds its way into their live set. The sluggish down tuned slide guitar is just beautiful.


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7.) ‘Salute Your Solution’ - The Raconteurs (from the album ‘Consolers Of The Lonely’)


Jack; A hugely inspirational band for us, they’ve only made two albums but not a bad track between them. This one has just got a great energy and a good example of why the two vocals and styles of Jack White and Brendan Benson work so well together.


8.) ‘303’ - Kula Shaker (from the album ‘K’)


Alex; Kula Shaker at the Colston Hall in Bristol was the first proper concert I went to, I must have been about 12 or 13 and it was an amazing experience. Hendrix grooves with a Deep Purple organ, what could be better. The 303 is the stretch of road that connects our part of the country to the M4 and London. This song always makes me smile.


9.) ‘Lost Woman’ - The Yardbirds (from the album ‘Roger The Engineer’)


Jack; TTH loves a bit of The Yardbirds, this is a track that means a lot to us as we do a cover of this one every now and then, it’s great fun to play. Jeff Beck is the man!


10.) ‘Tick Tick Boom’ - The Hives (from the album ‘The Black and White Album’)


Alex; I'd say The Hives are one of the best live bands on the planet, maybe THE best. I saw them at Download probably a couple of years ago now and it just kicked ass. This tune brings it on every level. They deserve to be enormous.


11.) ‘Bargain’ - The Who (from the album ‘Who's Next’)


Alex; We did a mixtape recently and I put ‘I Can't Explain’ in the playlist, I decided to change it this time around. We are huge Who fans. Again here is a band at the top of their game, beautifully melodic and hard as nails. A song designed to link what was going to be the ‘Lifehouse’ project which never was. It just works on its own merit. Moonie’s drumming is superb on this.


12.) ‘Maybe I’m a Leo’ - Deep Purple (from the album ‘Machine Head’)


Jack; What an album! Those guys were on fire when they were making this stuff. I love the way this track is such a nod to all the GREAT ‘50s rock that they were into at the time, but performed in their own unique, original and new way - great groove and great energy.


13.) ‘Caught By The Fuzz’ - Supergrass (from the album I Should Coco’)


Alex; There is something quintessentially British about Supergrass, ‘Caught By The Fuzz’ could have been a single straight out of London in 1979. Brilliant lyrics, Who-esque drumming and rocking production. I think in years to come people will look back on Supergrass as one of the best indie bands from the ‘90s.