Hailing from Nashville and formed by five guys who all attended Belmont University together, Moon Taxi, has become a fan favorite. They have four previous albums under their belt, with their recent LP Daybreaker that debuted at number 2 on the Billboard New Artist Chart, and have garnered them national TV appearances on "Late Show with David Letterman," "CONAN," "Late Night with Seth Meyers," and a performance on NPR World Cafe.
A number of their singles have been in multiple commercials and TV spots, including McDonald's BMW, Nashville, MLB, NFL and HBO Sports. The members of Moon Taxi emit such energetic live performances, and are especially esteemed with fans at such high-profile and popular festivals like Governor's Ball, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and others.
We sat down with bassist Tommy Putnam and keyboardist Wes Bailey, and when asked why they keep playing festivals, and they continue to have them headline, Bailey replied that "it's great exposure for the band."
Bailey adds that "festivals draw people from all over, and it's nice to see those folks from all over the country in one place. I also think our songs are kind of tailor-made for festivals." Putnam furthers that he thinks the band are "at our best when we're on a big, outdoor stage. We can play as loud as we want, where no one can hear anything." Bailey claims they "blow every amp at the end of a show."
Speaking of festivals, both Putnam and Bailey claim that Shaky Knees is their favorite festival and played the very first Shaky Knees in 2013. Recollecting on their first Shaky Knees, Bailey remembers it "was like a monsoon" because of how much rain the festival got, and were surprised that they even played. Putnam also recalled that "it was a torrential downpour, and tons of fans out there in ponchos. I couldn't believe that they just stayed out there and dealt with the rain like that."
Since their early days, the band has been a fan favorite. Bailey and Putnam state that their success hasn't felt too fast for them, and said they're "going to keep doing [their] thing, gaining more fans, and keeping [their] careers going." Currently, the band are promoting their new single "Two High," which has been doing fairly well since it's release. It's duly noted that both Bailey and Putnam agree that the band will continue "riding that wave" of success and "making great music" for their fans.
Moon Taxi's latest LP is Daybreaker, and their newest single "Two High" can be purchased here.