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Native American meets rock

In tribute to the indigenous people of the United States.

Traditional Native American religions exhibit a great deal of diversity, largely due to the relative isolation of the different tribes that were spread out across the entire breadth of the North American continent for thousands of years, allowing for the evolution of different beliefs and practices between tribes.

Native American religion is closely connected to the land in which Native Americans dwell and the supernatural. While there are many different Native American religious practices, most address the following areas of “supernatural concern”: an omnipresent, invisible “universal force”, “taboo”, pertaining to the “three ‘life crises’ of birth, puberty, and death”, “spirits”, “visions”, the “shaman” and “communal ceremony”.

Native American spirituality is often characterized by pantheism, a strong emphasis on the importance of personal spirituality and its interconnectivity with one’s own daily life, and a deep connection between the natural and spiritual ‘worlds’.

Another time, another place. Possibly Native Americans would have been widely accepted by society, say around about the 70’s.


The band came about when, after years of the international troubadour lifestyle, songwriter David Taylor returned home to the Gold Coast and begun collaborating with critically acclaimed musician and long time friend Nick Stewart. Guitarist Stewart and drummer Geoff Green, both founding members of Aria award winning Brisbane band “George” lent their musicality to the Taylor’s tunes and a six piece band, sophisticated in its harmony and theatrical in performance – quickly began to take shape.

Taylor had initially penned the songs everywhere from a farmhouse in southern England to the muddy tracks of Vietnam, the canal’s of Amsterdam to the skyscrapers of Osaka. Henceforth, when it came to hitting the studio it seemed only fitting that the recording be similarly unorthodox. The band enlisted the craftsmanship of engineer/producer Govinda Doyle (Lady of the Sunshine, Grass Roots Street Orchestra) and laid down the 12 tracks that would become their debut album over two months in an empty water tank, a semi-underground acoustic lair, in the hills of Northern NSW.

Taylor sound like the charming sort of hope that emerges from the dark corner of the room, with a strong emphasis on organic dynamics, vintage tones, classic narrative and a creative modern pop sensibility.

Now with an impressive opening record and a live performance that shouldn’t be missed, Taylor are an essential part of the Australian music scene for 2010 and 2011.

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