taxi violenceLoedi van Renen; Rian Zietsman; George van der Spuy; Louis Nel; Jason Ling

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 never been a band to play things by the book. In their formative days they won a national ‘battle of the bands’ contest – and promptly politely refused the prize of a record company contract because it didn’t offer them creative and financial control. Also, while their local peers dressed in skinny jeans and electro-neon and sought to emulate the burgeoning ‘indie’ sound, the band followed their guitar-slinging muse by delving into the original life-blood of rock ‘n roll’s harder edges.” – Evan Milton

Taxi Violence have travelled a long and independent road to proving themselves as one of the best live acts in South Africa. Their sound can be described as blues-infused retro rock, with a pinch of sleaze and bourbon.

Taxi Violence have headlined every major festival in South Africa, and have taken their unique brand of rock and quality live shows abroad.

Taxi Violence’s accolades

  • Four South African Music Award (SAMA) nominations
  • Five MK Award nominations
  • Voted ‘Best Live Act of 2007’ by Media24.com
  • Untie Yourself reached number four on 5FM’s Top 40 in 2007.
  • Untie Yourself was voted GQ Magazine’s ‘Album Of The Month’ in January 2007
  • Toured in Germany and Holland in 2009, and had four tracks play listed on Fritz Radio
  • Headlined the Nokia Rock Summer Tour in 2009
  • Jimi’s Revenge was chosen as theme song for the popular show, MAN TV on SABC in 2010. Listen to the tune.
  • Devil ‘n Pistol featured in Spud 2: The Madness Continues, starring John Cleese in 2013. Listen to the tune.
  • Collaborated with Zakes Bantwini and Jon Savage in 2014. The single, Wanna Let Go reached number 2 on the 5FM Top 40 Chart. Listen to the tune.

Taxi Violence’s awards

  • Won a national battle of the bands in 2005 (RBF Studios Emerging Sounds Competition)
  • The Turn’s music video, directed by Ryan Kruger, won two awards at the Wirral International Film Festival 2010 in England. Ryan won ‘Best Director of Music Video’ and Philip Hotz won the Vesbin Award for ‘Best Actor’. Watch the video.
  • Heads or Tails won ‘Best Video Award’ at Wirral International Film Festival 2011. Again, directed by Ryan Kruger. Watch the video.

Taxi Violence have shared stages with:

  • 3 Doors Down, Hoobastank, Staind and Evanescence at My Coke Fest 2007
  • Powderfinger and Billy Talent in 2010
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Synergy Live 2011
  • KONGOS in 2011 and 2016
  • Eagles of Death Metal at Oppikoppi 2012
  • Seether in 2012 and 2013
  • Biffy Clyro at RAMfest 2014
  • Wolfmother and Editors at Oppikoppi 2014

Taxi Violence’s discography

  • Taxi Violence EP (2005)
  • Untie Yourself (2006)
  • The Turn (2009)
  • Unplugged: Long Way From Home (2011)
  • Soul Shake (2013)
  • Tenfold (2014)
  • Shape and Form I (2017)