On August 26th, Memphis, TN 5-piece Rock-Reggae-Bump group, Taco & Da Mofos, released their sixth studio record. Track 11 on the 12-track self-titled album is “Change the Station,” that we’re giving away for FREE download. Grab the track on the homepage and read more about the group and their new album…
You can download Taco & Da Mofos new track, “Change the Station,”, for FREE on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday, October 15th, 2016.
Taco & Da Mofos – “Change the Station” – Download HERE (on The Pier homepage)
Taco & Da Mofos’ “Change the Station” Background:
The new self-titled release is a follow up to last year’s Nocturnal Gold! The 12 track record was recorded, from coast to coast, in Port Orchid, WA to Jackson, TN to Clearwater, FL. The final mixing was done by Alex Romero (Game of Thrones) at Cleartrack Studios. The group started the writing process for the new record back in the Spring and in less than a few months had written and recorded the new Self-Titled record. The new record sees the group blending newer age reggae styles with electronic drums, synths and effects to surmise a record and sound unique to their name.
When we asked for a bit of background on their new song “Change the Station,” Vocalist, Keela Case, tells The Pier: “The origin of the song began after our DJ, Flip, came up with the ukulele progression you hear on the song. When we (Taco, Keela) got a hold of the bare instrumental, I automatically felt the words ‘When the waves hit just face it,’ and me and Taco just started vibing on that feel about how if you’re feeling down or things in your life aren’t going as originally planned, there’s no harm in changing the proverbial station to start a new path. Of course once myself, Taco, and Flip started finishing up the production on the song, we decided to add a crazy ass super upbeat dance-off ending to portray to the listener the moment of the station being changed. The result of all this is what you’re rocking to now…”
You can pick up Taco & Da Mofo’s sixth studio album on iTunes by clicking HERE!
Taco & Da Mofos Background:
Taco & Da Mofos are a 5 piece reggae-rock group from Jackson/Memphis, TN. The group includes Taco on Vocals/Guitar, Keela on Vocals/Production/Keys, Charlie Mofo on Lead Guitar, Reno on Drums and Boggy on Bass.
Here’s a back-story of Taco and Da Mofos as told by Keela:
In the late 90’s/early 2000’s when we were youngsters in high school, Taco would go from house parties to restaurants to book stores to coffee shops and more playing his acoustic reggae tunes all over Jackson and West TN area. We were all around 16 when this all first started. After about a year, he began having this cult following in the area and recorded a little demo CD of him and a karaoke machine that helped spread his name even faster.
He started calling all of his fans/followers “mofos” and all his fans just said they were mofos. When he would first hit the mic at any of his acoustic shows he would start off by saying “what up mofos!”. He started his first band soon for about 6 months after after his popularity from acoustic shows really boomed, however that didn’t pan out, but he stayed with the band notion and kept rolling.
So when he approached me (we’d been friends since childhood and I was working on my own music endeavor which was more rap based) and said we should team up to form a band, it was a natural thing to just call it Taco & Da Mofos to make the band more for the fans since the local cult following were already going by mofos. We recorded and released a band album with no label, national, or even regional push to see the reaction and it spread like wild fire and we sold over 10,000 copies in less than a year, and being around 18 years old at the time we all were like “Holy Shit!” and were all in from then on out…fast forward to today and like the track ‘Sayonora Butterfly’ off our new album states in the chorus “been a long journey on this road from here to now” we’re here now stronger than ever and with plenty experience to match.
And how Taco got his name – We were around 13 years old at a swimming pool where all the kids use to hang, and him and this one kid started joking and busting on each other in a total just for fun matter. Taco (being the jokester and guy who loves to laugh) started pulling out stuff left and right and the crowd of kids were laughing hysterically at his jokes, and the only come back the one kid could come up with was “well, you look like a big….Taco”. And from then on all the kids started calling him Taco and he was cool with it. Even his Thai mom calls him Taco!
Huge thanks again to Taco & Da Mofos for allowing us to share “Change the Station” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for FREE and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!
Article By: Mike Patti
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