Death & Taxes
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  • Vocals & Guitar: Jeff Morris
  • Bass: Mike Savitkas
  • Drums: Steve Toland


Tattooed Hearts & Broken Promisses


Death & Taxes was formed in 2005 in the wake of the highly successful reunion show of Boston street rock band The Bruisers by original Bruisers songwriter/guitarist Jeff Morris and new bassist Mike Savitkas along with Steve Toland on drums. Morris spent nine years in the Bruisers alongside current Dropkick Murphys singer Al Barr honing his street rock songwriting skills and the Death & Taxes debut cd “Tattooed Hearts & Broken Promises” is the result of all those years spent on the road, in the studio and onstage.
The sound and production value of the recording are world class thanks to the work of engineer Jim Siegel who has worked with the Dropkick Murphys, The Unseen, Blood for Blood and many more successful bands.
With the musical impact of Social Distortion and the lyrical impact of Westerberg meets Springsteen this recording crosses over in appeal to fans of punk, roots rock and insurgent country such as Lucero, Bright Eyes and Steve Earle. Post-punk audiences gravitate to the stories told in Morris’s songs, from friends lost to drug overdose to teenage suicide and even the murder of a close friend. The truth and honesty in the lyrics shine through on every track and is propelled by the high level of musicianship throughout.
Musically these songs appeal to rockers, twangers and punkers alike with Morris slinging his signature Gretsch hollowbody guitar, belting out lyrics that every listener can identify with alongside Savitkas on his scruffy old Fender Precision Bass and Toland on his vintage Ludwig drums.