“Superb” The Independent
“The vocal style of a typical rock song, but they are propelled by a jazz engine” Financial Times
“You find it hard to keep your feet still. Some genuinely moving introspection” Sunday Express
“The alt-rock legend returns - and gets jazzy” NME
“From the smouldering to the groove-laden, the frenetic to the sultry, the quartet are carving out a niche on their own terms, and most definitely sniffing on their own turf” Drowned in Sound
“Sharp, energetic, but with a deep sense of groove. It’s as far removed from jazz club clichés as can be” Clash
After a three-year hiatus, dEUS front man Tom Barman, returns with his jazz-rock-infused, genre-bending side project, TaxiWars, and new single ‘Sharp Practice’, released 7th June via Sdban Ultra. A deeply impulsive, energetic groove that steams jazz with late eighties hip-hop beats, the single is taken from the band’s upcoming album ‘Artificial Horizon’, released later this year.
An intensive collaboration between Barman, saxophonist Robin Verheyen, bassist Nicolas Thys and drummer Antoine Pierre, TaxiWars are a mix of lyricism, poetry and jazz with rock intensity. This is a band with a deep knowledge of the history of jazz music, and a love for the driving jazz of the early sixties on the Impulse! label. The music of Pharaoh Sanders, Archie Shepp, and Charles Mingus – full of swing, pulse, and the urge to break out of the genre’s confinements.
TaxiWars’ 2016 critically acclaimed album ‘Fever’, fused jazz and the avant-garde, and received high praise from the likes of The Independent, NME and Drowned in Sound.
Barman has fronted Belgian indie legends dEUS since 1989, selling a million albums along the way. He is also one half of dance duo Magnus and, for the last four years, singer and mischief maker for TaxiWars, his latest project and one that indulges his deep love for jazz. In addition to his musical background, in 2003 he directed the film ‘Any Way the Wind Blows’, and has overseen two acclaimed jazz compilations; ‘That’s Blue + Painters Talking’ (Blue Note, 2006) and ‘Living on Impulse’ (Impulse! 2012).
Saxophone player Robin Verheyen lives in New York and has built a reputation as one of the great young talents in the world of jazz and classical music. He has released two albums with the Robin Verheyen NY Quartet, and has performed with such artists as Marc Copland, Ravi Coltrane, Narcissus Quartet, Gary Peacock, and Joey Baron.
Bassist Nicolas Thys was a mainstay on the Belgian and Dutch jazz scenes before he moved to New York in 1999. He has toured and/or recorded with legends like Lee Konitz, Mal Waldron, Toots Thielemans and Zap Mama.
Drummer Antoine Pierre has been touring with Belgian guitar legend Philip Catherine and trumpet player Jean-Paul Estiévenart, and others. He moved to New York City in 2014 to study at the New York School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.
TaxiWars have performed numerous shows across Europe, performing in intimate clubs to jazz festivals and big scale rock festivals.