Taproot to Release New Album in February


Story by Anne Erickson

Taproot ready their second Victory Records release, ‘The Episodes’

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based rock band Taproot broke out in the early-‘00s with scaling singles “Poem” and “Mine,” the former which was the No. 5 rock song of 2002. Tarpoot brought a riff-laden, rock ‘n’ roll band sound to a state that, at the time, was saturated with hip-hop and Midwest rap.

Throughout the years, Taproot have consistently churned out new material, and now, they’re on target to release their latest album, “The Episodes,” on Feb. 28. The release is their second on Chicago-based label Victory Records and sixth studio album overall. Taproot’s last CD, “Plead the Fifth,” arrived in 2010 via Victory and reached No. 107 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Taproot lead vocalist Stephen Richards says that the band strive to make each successive release stand out from the rest, while also keeping the character of what makes Taproot tick. “I think all of our albums are slightly different than each other but have the same common denominator of trying to be somewhat melodic and heavy at the same time,” he told Audio Ink Radio, during the band’s previous press run. “We don’t sit down and try to write a certain style. We just sit down and whatever comes out comes out.”

Richards also reminisced about his first brush with music: “When I was four years old, my mom got me my first drum kit because she noticed me air drumming and realized that even though I didn’t know what I was doing, I could keep time.” Let’s hope a full tour coincides with the release of, “The Episodes,” considering Taproot has a strong reputation for their raw, high-octane live shows.