Ten Speed Taxi

Ten Speed Taxi

 Canton, New York, USA
BandRockAlternative

Ten Speed Taxi plays gritty, lyrical, funky, original rock, with hints of country and a dash of folk sensibility. Lyrics range from tongue-in-cheek to melancholy and from personal to political. Our sound has been compared to that of John Prine, the Velvet Underground, and the Counting Crows.

Biography

Ten Speed Taxi first formed under the name of Sundog in 2007, when drummer Phil Neisser and guitarist/songwriter Dan Caldwell connected with Doug Schatz, a singer songwriter from Nashville. In 2008 bassist Dave Nelson joined the band, the name changed, and the band crafted an original sound that has, as one reviewer put it, “country influence…, a hunk of funk, some straight-ahead rock, and other friendly indefinable bits—plus you can dance to it.” Another reviewer described the tunes as “barroom songs for thoughtful people.” And the Ten Speed Taxi sound has been compared to Wilco, the Counting Crows, John Prine, and the Velvet Underground.

Dan Caldwell's music history includes stints with The Shpiel and Decent Exposure. He's also a science teacher at the Gouverneur Middle School and advises the Guitar Club there. His understanding of young people's challenges and hopes comes through in the lyrics of songs such as “Mean Girls.” His humor is evident in “The Beach is That Way” and, in a song much appreciated by his fellow teachers, “It’s the End.” Caldwell lives in Morley with his wife Kate and their two small boys.

Phil Neisser teaches political theory at SUNY Potsdam and is author of the book “United We Fall.” He has been playing drums for 35 years in many bands, including The Spectators, The Hubtones, The Shpiel, and the Phil Neisser Trio (a jazz trio of long standing in northern New York). Neisser grew up in Manhattan, but learned to love the woods while he worked towards his undergraduate degree at SUNY Potsdam. He lives in West Pierrepont, NY.

Dave Nelson came to the "North Country" of New York when he and his wife Rebecca Pickens bought a farm in Hermon. Dave, formerly of the Hazel Pearl Band, works for the county in his “spare time.” He and Rebecca have two small boys and own and run “Mind’s Eye Farm and Herbary,” selling organic teas and a variety of other herbal products.

Doug Schatz, whose band credits include a national tour with the southern alt-rock band Gladys, teaches sculpture at SUNY Potsdam and is the creative mentor each year for the College's “Celebration of Light” outdoor lighted sculpture exhibit. Schatz grew up in Nashville and recently bought a house in Potsdam.

Ten Speed Taxi’s music is available on iTunes, digstation.com, cdbaby.com, and amazon.com. The band can be contacted through their website: tenspeedtaxi.com

Lyrics

Heaven Sent

Written By: Phil Neisser

I know you’re feeling, under the gun
Hard luck’s been stealing, you’ve come undone

Too many people, need what you can’t give
Your parents they love you, but hey you’re their kid
Count on my love, going on and on
You can count on my love, it won’t go wrong
Got no conditions, got no strings
You can have your own vision, you can sing
Yeah you can sing sing sing

I say hey hey hey
Your days will come
With everyday a glory
And worries undone
My sugar story
Has pretty much spent
While I’ve got no heaven
You’re heaven sent

Bring on the future, bring on the rain
Waterfall leaving puddles don’t leave a stain

Too many people, need what you can’t give
Your parents they love you, but hey you’re their kid
Count on my love, going on and on
You can count on my love, it won’t go wrong
Got no conditions, got no strings
You can have your own vision, you can sing
Yeah you can sing sing sing

I say hey hey hey
Your days will come
With everyday a glory
And worries undone
My sugar story
Has pretty much spent
While I’ve got no heaven
You’re heaven sent

[Bridge]

I say hey hey hey
Your days will come
With everyday a glory
And worries undone
My sugar story
Has pretty much spent
While I’ve got no heaven
You’re heaven sent

Spinning

Written By: Dan Caldwell

I got a screw loose, I'm a few cards short
Not playing with a full deck, walking through my window looking out my door
Got a leak in my think tank, I'm a neuron short of a synapse
Pint short of a blood bank, got a frequent judgment lapse

I got voices, in my head
Keep coming 'round again
I get no choice in what is said
It makes my world spin

I'm spinning, round and round
I'm spinning, my mind is far from sound
I'm spinning ….. I'm spinning

I'm seeing things clear as mud, seeing things that aren't there
If I look deep in thought, rest assured it's just a blank stare
About as smart as a box of rocks, I’m about as sharp as a bowling ball
Lights are on but no one's home, and that's not all

I got voices, in my head
Keep coming 'round again
I get no choice in what is said
It makes my world spin

I'm spinning, round and round
I'm spinning, my mind is far from sound
I'm spinning ….. I'm spinning

Demons be scheming
Invade my daydreaming
Am I awake or am I sleeping
I cannot tell heaven from hell
Are you an a,a,a,a angel
From on high or the one that fell
Into my arms, don’t be alarmed
I'm just under your spell
I need an exorcist baby

I got voices, in my head
Keep coming 'round again
I get no choice in what is said
It makes my world spin

I'm spinning, round and round
I'm spinning, my mind is far from sound
I'm spinning ….. I'm spinning

I'm spinning, round and round
I'm spinning, my mind is far from sound
I'm spinning ….. I'm spinning

Discography

1. Spinning (CD, 2009)
Available on iTunes, CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, and Digstation.com

2. True to Gone (CD, 2007, under the band name of Sundog); available from the band and in local stores.

Set List

1. Underdog
2. Bleed
3. Idiot Proof
4. Cut the Strings
5. Lonely
6. Que Sera
7. Church
8. Mean Girls
9. Heaven Sent
10. Spinning
11. Beach
12. Stripper
13. Speak Easy
14. Onion's Working
15. When You're Drunk
16. Now you're Next to Me
17. The End
18. Bounce
19. Fine
20. Lucky
21. Hearts
22. Morphine
23. Going to the Sun
24. Forget Me
25. Sixsmith
26. Geronimo
27. Alcohol
28. Diamonds and Mold
29. Let the Good rise up
30. Boys in the Band
31. Cheers
32. Woe is Me
33. Sun is Coming Up Again
34. True to Gone
35. Next Train
36. N.C. all star
37. Land of More
38. No Control
39. Alcohol and Vicodin
Covers: Watchtower/Ride Wit Me, Voodoo Chile, She Bop