The Taj Motel Trio
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The Taj Motel Trio

Cornelia, GA | Established. Jan 01, 1998

Cornelia, GA
Established on Jan, 1998
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Mar
31
The Taj Motel Trio @ Smith's Olde Bar

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Jan
20
The Taj Motel Trio @ The Loft

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Jan
19
The Taj Motel Trio @ Murray Hill Theatre

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

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Relatively unassuming ska-punk act the The Taj Motel Trio has been entertaining audiences since 1995 but generally maintains a pretty low profile (as with most ska bands these days). For those out of the loop, their discography paints the brass heavy seven-piece as a fun loving bunch with just the right mix of capable original composition and pop-culture inspired references (including instrumental Star Wars covers). So it comes with little surprise that their latest EP, 4 Songs, 7 Inches, offers up an energetic horn-blasting, punked up reminder as to the often neglected merits of present day third-wave ska.

The EP lights up and burns quickly from start to finish, wetting the appetite with a taste of what The Taj Motel Trio’s packed out basement shows must hold. Opener “Burn It Down” feeds off of the classic horn blasts of a vintage Mustard Plug college party tune with the smooth modern vocal edge of contemporaries Mrs. Skannotto. The horns are sharp, tightly executed and upstrokes weigh in with steady, light hearted energy. A blistering guitar solo sends the track above the crowd, setting 4 Songs, 7 Inches up with a showstopper right from the get go. It’s pretty standard stuff (the band takes absolutely no surprises or risks), but doesn’t fumble whatsoever when finding its footing. Moments later, the band revs the tempo for “Up The Punx (In A440),” baring their teeth for a raucous intro and easing into a gang-vocal supported melody. “Here We Go Again” guns for a good old knee raising, elbow swinging,’ skankin’ time (think more Mustard Plug), and “All Outta Angst” feels like Buck-O-Nine finally got back into the studio.

As quick as it started, 4 Songs, 7 Inches wraps up in the midst of an energetic performance. The Taj Motel Trio offer up four tracks of care-free ska-punk in just over ten minutes and then that’s it – the party’s over. While the EP exists as a stand alone product, it plays somewhat like a pre-play demo for a killer video game. The audience gets a small taste of what soon becomes a very addictive intro to a much bigger experience. Hopefully 4 Songs, 7 Inches serves as an exciting gateway to whatever the The Taj Motel Trio are cooking up next. - The Punk Site


Being that it’s been quite a long time since the TMT last released an album…that being 2007’s awesomely awesome “Part of the Problem” full length, it’s great to see that the band is still making music and making it well.

“4 Songs, 7 Inches” pretty much sums up this digital/vinyl release. There are three original songs and a cover of NOFX’s ska diddy “All Outta Angst”. The original songs pick up right where “Part of the Problem” left off.

The first track “Burn It Down!” is a horn driven ska punk song that is fast paced and makes a great opener for the EP. Song #2 is titled “Up the Punx (in A440) is a very danceable/moshable classic sounding TMT song that seamlessly switches up the punk and ska throughout. The third song “Here We Go Again” is my favorite track on the EP and has the most third-wave ska influences complete with catchy horns, a sing-a-long chorus and a strong ska rhythm section…as well as some great lyrics about the hardships of touring in a band. Last but certainly not least is a ska cover of a NOFX ska song. It’s a spot on cover but with a much faster pace. It’s always good to spread the gospel of Fat Mike.

I know that this is only an EP, but it has me wanting…no needing more of the Taj Motel Trio. I’m hoping that this is a taste of things to come for the band. It’s definitely a great start to hold fans over until the next full length release. - Read Junk


Discography

Shugga, Shugga (cover, available exclusively on BandCamp) - 2017

4 Songs, 7 Inches EP - 2015

Pretzels & Beer for Santa - 2008

Part of the Problem - 2007

Life of the Party - 2003

Feels The Force - 2000

Upbeat Evolution - 1999

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The Taj Motel Trio has served their brand of feverishly loud & fast ska-punk for 20 years. And while commercial success has evaded them (and every other ska-punk band since the late 90’s), they’ve brought their infectious energy and catchy horn lines to basements and dive bars up and down the east coast.

While every show is fun, not every show has been on a small stage. Taj, as they are affectionately known, has performed a number of large venue shows, performing at the Vans Warped Tour and opening for Bon Jovi in Atlanta at Infinite Energy Arena (thanks to winning a Top 40 radio station cover song contest; take that major label snobs!). The band has also performed with a number of ska and punk legends including Big D and the Kids Table, Catch 22, Edna’s Goldfish, Five Iron Frenzy, Less Than Jake, Mustard Plug, The Pietasters, The Planet Smashers, Reel Big Fish, The Toasters and many more. Their most recent show in Atlanta with Five Iron Frenzy and Squad Five-O was performed to a sell out crowd at The Loft.

The band’s latest release, “4 Songs, 7 Inches” EP, has received rave reviews from DyingScene.comBob’s Ska Radio and The Punk Site. Now, the question is, when’s the next album? The band is now working frantically to finish what will be the band’s 7th release and 4th full album.

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