Death of a Taxpayer

Death of a Taxpayer

 Omaha, Nebraska, USA
BandRockAlternative

The music provides a healthy dose of indie rock, with a smattering of the "stick it to the man" elements of punk, a hint of Lou Reed, and lyrics that seem to always make you think. Plus, after recent additions to the line-up, there's now some lead work that would make even the best of men cry.

Biography

"Our skin is as soft as it can possibly be. Our carpets are clean, our teeth are white, and our erectile dysfunction is under control. The Gatorade is in us, the Gucci is on us, and we're taking our pills for restless legs. Our moms have chosen Jif, we're obeying our thirst, and the M&M's are safely melting in our mouths, not in our hands. And yes, we dare wear short shorts. But we've hit the peak. We're supersaturated. We've reached critical mass. One more marketing hit and it will all come tumbling down. And there we'll lie, at the bottom of the graph - an oozing mass of melting chocolate and restless legs." -Adbusters

The quote above captures the essence of the Omaha, NE band Death of a Taxpayer. Their music takes you back to a time when rock and roll had the gumption to write about the world we live in, not just failed relationships. The music itself is a healthy dose of indie rock, with a smattering of the "stick it to the man" elements of punk, a hint of Dylan, and lyrics that seem to always make you think. Plus, after the recent additions to the line-up, there's now some lead work that would make even the best of men cry.

For a band that evolved from a side project to a main project just over a year ago, it's safe to say that Death of a Taxpayer has hit the ground running. They've already recorded 8 songs with J. Scott Gaeta of Music Factory Productions and released the digital EP titled "The Individual," in 2010. In their short existence, the band has been getting their name out there in the Omaha music scene, playing shows at the Saddle Creek Records owned bar, The Slowdown, as well as the Barley Street Tavern, Stir (Harrah's Casino), Saddle Creek Bar, Barfly, PS Collective, plus regional shows at Knickerbockers in Lincoln, NE and Nutty's North in Sioux Falls, SD. The early incarnation of the band also showcased Death of a Taxpayer music in Tulsa, OK's famous Blue Dome District and Texas at the Northgate Music Festival. They've also received radio play on local station 89.7 the River.

Omaha's Death of a Taxpayer, which formed in 2008 while all three original members were playing in other local bands, began as a side project that wrote songs and didn't really play shows. At the time, frontman, Paul Gedbaw, and drummer, Taylor Stein, were staples of the Omaha and Lincoln music scene as members of the powerpop band Ten O'Clock Scholars. Original bassist, Nate Hall, also played in Omaha bands Third Frate and Edge of Arbor. But, as they say at Arby's, different is good. In 2009, Ten O'Clock Scholars ended their nine year run on the stage and suddenly Death of a Taxpayer became a full-time band. One year later, in August of 2010, Hall chose a different life path and headed for the east coast after two years as the bassist. Around that time Patrick Kelly, of the Omaha band Orem, and Nate Gasaway, of the Omaha band The Big Deep, were added to the line-up. The carousel of bass players continued in 2012, when Gasaway left the band to focus on The Big Deep, and Brian Cole, a veteran of the Sioux Falls, SD music scene, took his place.

Death of a Taxpayer is also part of the independently run Omaha label, Onken-Stein Records, which is home to the bands Ten O'Clock Scholars, Third Frate, PG-13, Brothers Tandem and Fork In The Road.

Discography

Unplanned Encore Compilation Disc (Onken-Stein Records) - "Nature vs. Nurture"
The Individual - Digital EP

Songs "Nature vs. Nurture," "The Bullet," "City Walls," and "This Is Our Country" have received radio airplay locally.

Set List

Currently 15 songs in the Death of a Taxpayer catalog, including all five songs from the Digital EP, "The Individual."