We had the chance to sit down with the up and coming Nashville band known as Moon Taxi, before their infectious set at Governors Ball.
Where y’all from, how did you all meet and become a band?
We are from Nashville, TN. Been playing together since late 2007.
What have you guys been up to the last few months?
We’ve been finishing recording an album that we wrapped up several weeks ago. Now we’re hitting the festivals, and have three this weekend including here at Governors Ball, Houston Free Press, and Wakarusa in Arkansas.
Wow, quite a busy weekend! What’s the name of the new record?
We haven’t figured out a name for it yet but we put out a new song last week from it, a song called “All Day, All Night.” We’re going to be putting out songs this summer and hope to have the record out in the fall.
What are your plans for the summer?
Try to get these new songs ready to play live, we’re really amped to play those out and get them in front of a crowd singing along.
Are you playing any new songs today?
Yeah, we will be playing a few new songs – the new single “All Day, All Night,” and another that will be coming out sooner, rather than later.
Are there any other bands/artists you’re looking forward to seeing today?
Yeah, Bjork and definitely Future Islands.
Since we are Pancakes And Whiskey, I must ask – Do you have a favorite brand of hooch?
We are big whiskey drinkers…all of em! *laughs* Our absolute favorite has to be Bulleit, we love that stuff.
Late night NYC snacks – Pizza or Hot Dogs?
Pizza! But why didn’t you ask what our favorite pancakes are I mean, Imma Aunt Jemima guy myself…after shows we just eat a lot of pancakes..no booze…*laughs all around*
In a dream scenario – Is there another artist you’d like to join your set today?
I tried to ask Drake, but he wasn’t even having it…But Bjork would be really neat. We’d welcome anyone really.
Would you rather play a small venues or big festivals like Governors Ball?
We play different size venues, but love playing to large crowds like here today, our show works well with big crowds.
After the interview I made sure I caught their live set, and am really glad I did. They really are a band that works well in a festival setting and provided the crowd with an eclectic mix of highly danceable rock and roll. Lead singer, Trevor Terndrup, had a powerful but pleasing voice and easily had the crowd in his hands with his wind blown locks and good looks. The rest of the band was a tight and solid machine with tons of musical ability and range. We look forward to Moon Taxi’s return this fall and will catch back up with them then.
Article: Shayne Hanley