Detroit, Michigan (April 14, 2018) – Nashville based rockers Moon Taxi brought their indie pop-rock jams to the Majestic Theatre on Saturday night along with Detroit’s very own indie rockers, H∆NDGREN∆DES.
Formed in 2006, while they were attending Belmont University in Nashville, TN, Moon Taxi is made up of Trevor Terndrup (vocals, guitar), Tommy Putnam (bass), Spencer Thomson (guitar), Tyler Ritter (drums), and Wes Bailey (keys). Moon Taxi hit the road in January on their Let The Record Play Tour to celebrate the release of their fifth studio album of the same name.
When H∆NDGREN∆DES took the stage, it was clear they had a loyal following of local fans who have been with them since they first hit the Detroit’s music scene in 2008. The crowd sang along and danced, (and I mean danced), with a ton of songs off the group’s 2016 release, Tunnels. The band also shared some new music with us while the crowd began to toss a handful of beach balls around, eventually landing a few on stage bringing big smiles to the entire band as they finished up their set.
The crowd erupted as Moon Taxi ran out and kicked things off with the title track of their latest album, “Let The Record Play“ before jamming right into “Make Your Mind Up“ off 2015’s album, Daybreaker. As they played through their set, songs would begin to drift into jam sessions, seamlessly weaving one song into another. Every member of the band had a moment to shine with their own solo time, showing off some ridiculous shredding on the keys or going to town on the drums and the crowd loved every second of it. The dancing that started during H∆NDGREN∆DES instensfied and continued right up until Moon Taxi slowed things down just a bit with a cover of The Eagles classic “Hotel California“.
Moon Taxi closed out their set with the hit single “Two High”, asking everyone in attendance to sing along and “put ’em up”, referring to the universal peace sign, noting that the song was written about hope for understanding, acceptance, and our future. Returning to the stage for a two song encore the group completed their set with “Morocco” and “All Day All Night”, their biggest single off of Daybreaker.
Great energy, constant smiles and fans that truly adore this band. If you ever get the chance to see Moon Taxi live, don’t sleep on it!
Photojournalist: David Painter
Editor: Kate Sumbler