Writer: Kristoffer Rye Geer
“No Water To Wine”, is an album that takes you, and what you thought you knew about rock back to school. Class is set, and the timetable says ROCK 101. With the 11 track debut album the young rock band from Northern Jutland have put down the corner stone of their foundation.
Listening to “No Water To Wine” is like going for a run. During the first half kilometer, most of us always feel that it’s more than we want to. Putting on yet another Rock album can feel exactly the same. Tiring and monotonous.
After half a kilometer something magical happens, suddenly you control your breath (instead of the other way around), your legs start to find the rhythm and your body adjusts. You stop panting like crazy, and suddenly you are able to sort out your thoughts. This is when the therapy of running begins. During the track “Burning Colors” I got to this point, suddenly I could tell the small nuances in the riffs apart, and my ears started to welcome the beat and the heavily distorted guitar like the hug from an old friend.
You are in the zone, all runners know the feeling, you’ve got to the point beyond therapy. This is the point where you do not think, you just enjoy. That is how I felt from the moment “Against the wall” pulsed through my earbuds. When you get to this stage, you are ready for the more serious stuff, and Taxit will not leave you short. They are giving you both the sprint in the form of fast paced tracks like “Die As Humans”, and tracks that will give you the option to trot slowly in the countryside with “Road”.
As with all form of physical activity you get exhausted at some point, and the same thing goes for the Taxit debut, after a while either the road or the rock will wear you down the same. The downfall of this album is the fact, that the tracks are all very similar. Taxit has found a recipe that works, now we need to wait for them to further challenge themselves. I will try to get in shape for the next album, because I can feel it’s gonna be worth the practice.