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Moon Taxi at the Majestic, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Moon Taxi frontman Trevor Terndrup likes to call his group “an overnight success after 10 years of being a band.”

The quintet actually formed 12 years ago in Alabama and released five albums before its 2017 single “Two High” became a viral hit and scored Moon Taxi a deal with RCA Records. The “Let The Record Play” album, produced by guitarist Spencer Thompson, came out in January, and Terndrup and company have been both on the pop mainstream radar and on the road playing the record, and more...

• Terndrup says he and his bandmates “feel like we’ve had several big moments, big milestones in our career,” and the current success “is just another one of them. It’s amazing that the song ‘Two High’ did what it did for us, and it has really grown the band exponentially. But we’ve always enjoyed the hard work and getting out and the road. That’s who we are.”

• While writing and recording “Two High,” Moon Tax had “no idea what to expect,” according to Terndrup. “Honestly, we just put it out as an album preview about a year ago on Spotify, just for our fans and for our sake, ‘cause we were just excited to share some new music. And it got fired and it got placed on some pretty key playlists on Spotify and we’d just see these numbers rolling -- 300,000 plays a day, 400,000. We’re like, ‘Holy crap, this is amazing!’ It’s definitely unexpected. I just feel like the subject matter was appropriate; People wanted to hear a song about coming together, a song about hope, and that’s why it came together like it did.”

• Terndrup says it’s been interesting for Moon Taxi to be embraced as a new band and then to have those new fans learn how much history the band has in place. “We just toured Europe and people there were excited ‘cause they thought it was a project someone did on their laptop, and just the one song,” Terndrup recalls. “I think it really excited them to find out there was a history there and we have this pretty deep discography. I think that’s exciting for someone to find a new song you like and go back to how the band came to that moment in their lives. And for our fans who have been with us since we were playing dive bars, it’s great. It’s some validation for them.”

If You Go:

• Moon Taxi and Handgrenades

• Saturday, April 14. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

• Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

• Call 313-833-9700 or visit majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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