Nashville indie rock band Moon Taxi is headed back to Baton Rouge promoting a brand-new album, “Let the Record Play.”
Ahead of the show at the Varsity Theatre on Thursday, April 5, lead singer and guitarist Trevor Terndrup talks about the new record and hit single, as well as playing the South.
“Let the Record Play” is Moon Taxi’s fifth full-length release. What can fans expect from the new music?
Fundamentally, we had Spencer (Thomson), our lead guitar player, back in the producer role. He has produced every record except “Daybreaker.”
The songs are a continuation of our progression as songwriters and storytellers. I think people that have been with us for years can appreciate it. For first-time listeners, I think it’s a great introduction.
Let’s talk about the album’s lead single,“Two High.” You’ve said it's about “hope not dope.” What’s the story there?
“The spelling started as an iPhone autocorrect. It got me thinking about the peace sign, and it happened to be just before the Women’s March of January 2017. The song just kind of wrote itself as a reaction to seeing those people come together. I felt like we needed a song that stood for something hopeful.”
How’s the current tour going? Are fans responding to the new record?
“The tour has been great so far. The reception to the new songs has been incredible and unexpected. There’s new energy to the shows. I think it's a combination of new songs from this highly anticipated album and a few old favorites.”
Moon Taxi has played the Varsity Theatre several times now. Is there anything that attracts you to Louisiana? What do you like about playing in the South?
We’ve been playing the southeast for close to 10 years, and we just feel at home. There’s something about playing in a college town, getting swept up in the energy and the vibe. You can’t beat it.
We love playing in major cities, but there’s something about coming back to our stomping grounds that’s pretty incredible. That’s why we keep coming back.
How has coming up in Nashville contributed to Moon Taxi’s sound and success?
It’s a defining trait for us. Logistically, it’s great to be a band starting in Nashville. On a professional level, it really was influential. We knew there were great musicians throughout Nashville. You really have to step up your game in order to make a name for yourself.
Name a band that has influenced Moon Taxi’s stage performance.
We just played a festival with one of our favorite bands. We played down in the Dominican Republic opening for My Morning Jacket. That’s a rock band that we definitely strive to emulate. They put on legendary shows.
MOON TAXI with Special Guest Luthi
WHEN: Thursday, April 5. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road, Baton Rouge
COST: $25 in advance, $28 day of show. Available inside The Chimes Restaurant on Highland Road and online at ticketweb.com.