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taurus trakker

Taurus Trakker are a unique punk blues band from West London built around the duo partnership of Martin Muscatt on guitar/vocals and drummer Allison Phillips, formerly of punk veterans Alternative TV. Their sound has been likened to the Clash and The White Stripes.

Easy comparisons to make which are not far from the truth what with having a female drummer who is visually enticing and the fact that Muscatt is the younger cousin to Mick Jones of The Clash who also plays on the title track to this, their second album.

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On deeper listening the band cross all the bridges from the slide guitar of early Rolling Stones, the poetic punky lyrics of Jilted John delivered with a soft Cockney swagger to the psychedelic haze of Hawkwind, especially when former X Ray Spex Dave Wright blasts on the saxophone.

The songs are real and are the perfect soundtrack to anyone who lives the London life to the max on a tight budget and doesn't care where they sleep as long as they are having a good time.

Tonight at the 12 Bar Club Taurus Trakker launched the new album 'Building Ten' to an appreciative crowd who lapped up this set full of grooving danceable tunes that embody themselves into your alcohol fuelled invested brains.

From the opening gambit of the album's title track followed by '21 Miles To A Water Pub' to the new single 'Wild Woman' and the raging horns of 'Long Gone' to the cheery 'Lucky' and the closing 'Gamblin' Blues', Taurus Trakker are a refreshing sound that appeal to fans of all rock 'n roll genres.

taurus trakker

The band have have already attracted James Dean Bradfield, Glen Matlock and obviously Mick Jones to their cause and you should definitely check these guys out too for some honest rock n' roll.

Forget the rich trend setters of Notting Hill Gate because there's a cool bedsit at the bottom end of W11 blasting away the fine tunes of Taurus Trakker and that is the place to be. With a bottle of White Lightning.

Set list:

Building Ten
21 Miles To A Water Pump
West London Rock 'N Roll
A Rakket U Trust
Wild Woman
Long Gone
Bag For Life
Gamblin' Blues




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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