Bristol’s original blues rockers with a modern twist, TAX THE HEAT, recently announced the release of their full length Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, Fed To The Lions. In anticipation of the new release, we caught up with frontman Alex Veale and drummer Jack Taylor to find out how the band came together. Watch the first album trailer on the Nuclear Blast Youtube Channel.
Fed To the Lions perfectly illustrates why there is so much excitement at the release of this album. Previous singles ‘Some Sympathy’, ‘Highway Home’ and ‘Fed To The Lions’ sit alongside future classics such as “Caroline,” “Animals,” and “Stood On the Platform To Leave.” The driving rhythms of Jack Taylor (Drums) and Antonio Angotti (Bass) are overlaid with the powerful riffs of JP Jacyshyn (Guitars) and the distinctive melodies of Alex Veale (Vocals, Guitars).
“TAX THE HEAT is a great band, as tight as duck’s arse, and much better looking. I hear the new record is great too.” – Danny Bowes, Thunder
“These guys are easily the best new band I have heard in years!” – Scott Gorham, Thin Lizzy & Black Star Riders
“So the music business has taken a bit of a tumble but there are talented hungry, young bands out there who can build a new foundation. The bold and brilliant Bristol outfit Tax The Heat is one of those bands that soars above the rest. Their song ‘Fed to the Lions’ is already a true classic rock track and they’ve only just begun!” – Joey Tempest, Europe
Track list for Fed To The Lions is below:
1. Highway Home
3. Under Watchful Eye
4. Fed To The Lions
5. Hit Me Hard
6. Stood On The Platform To Leave
7. Some Sympathy
8. Devil’s Daughter
9. Learn To Drown (You’re Wrong)
11. Your Fool
12. Lost Our Way
2015 was an intense year for Bristol’s rising stars Tax The Heat. Following the release of two critically acclaimed singles “Fed To The Lions” and “Highway Home” (both of which were playlisted across rock radio – A listed on Planet Rock) the band have cemented their live reputation by supporting the likes of Cadillac 3, Reef, The Graveltones, Black Star Riders, Masters Of Reality, The Virginmarys and Thunder and festival appearances such as 2000 Trees, Download and Calling. The band’s unique blend of classic blues driven rock with a modern alternative twist winning them a legion of fans.
The band have now signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment (home to acts such as Blues Pills, Black Star Riders & Crobot).
Guitarist/vocalist Alex Veale says: “We love the energy of those ’60s bands. Maximum R&B – that’s the basis for Tax The Heat. But we’re taking it somewhere else, bridging the gap between old and new, creating something that has that raw energy but is also original.”
“It was all about capturing that live energy on the record,” says Jack Taylor. “We didn’t want to go fully old-school with it – we used modern technology. But what you hear on the album is the four of us playing together, no overdubs. A lot of live takes.”