Tax The Heat

Tax The Heat was born from a pure love of straight-ahead rhythm and blues music. With nods to many of their influences, the music they create calls back to a time when rock’n’roll was still new, vibrant and exciting – combining elements of 60’s R&B, 70’s rock and contemporary song writing, all within a deep-rooted blues ethic.

Leading on from a chance meeting in a record store between two old school friends, Tax The Heat crafted the early rumblings of their retro-rock’n’roll sound in the late-night living room jam sessions. As a result, the 4-piece started recording their own demos using whatever suitable equipment and locations were available at the time. The band have since found the ears of some of their most well respected contemporaries with Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy fame announcing Tax The Heat as his ‘Favourite New Band’ on VH1’s “That Metal Show” (USA). They also gained the interest of legendary producer Chris Goss (Masters of Reality, QOTSA, The Cult, BRMC) who, upon hearing the strength of the band’s self-recorded demos, immediately insisted upon coming to Bath, England at the end of his Masters of Reality tour to produce the E.P alongside engineer Tom Dalgety (Band of Skulls, Royal Blood, The Macabees). The end result; capturing the true feel and honesty of the band’s sound.

Tax The Heat’s début E.P was subsequently released in November 2013 on a limited run of 10” vinyl to coincide with a string of successful support slots including a UK Tour. The band’s music has gone on to receive airtime on UK radio at such stations as BBC Introducing and Kerrang! Radio, with their single ‘Fed To The Lions’ being added to the Planet Rock Radio A-list (main playlist).

Tax The Heat made a strong impression in 2014, with prestigious slots at Download Festival (2nd Stage), Clapham Common’s Calling festival (with Aerosmith), Wales’ Steelhouse Festival and Camden Rocks Festival. The band were also invited to tour as support to Black Star Riders (ex-Thin Lizzy), The Graveltones, The Virginmarys and Cadillac Three. 2015 looks like being Tax The Heat’s year, having already joined Thunder & Reef for 3 arena shows in March 2015. The band have also played support to Masters of Reality, Black Star Riders, Europe, Reef and have a slot on the main stage at this year’s 2,000 Trees Festival.