Kevin Taylor currently works as a visual artist on the West Coast, but the native Charlestonian is remembered locally as a great skater and a cool punk-rocker. Taylor performed in town with a handful of musical projects before moving to San Francisco a few years ago. This Tuesday, he returns to the Tin Roof for double-duty with his old indie-rock bands Matter and Death Cheetah. Taylor assembled Death Cheetah eight years ago with bassist Kevin Hamilton and drummer Dave Easlick. They get together annually to create impenetrable sets of buzzing noises and vague rhythms by way of an array of pre-recorded tracks, digital samples, and live guitar work.“ Death Cheetah embraces the darker elements of drone, chaos, and subtlety and smashes them against sub-bass brutality,” Taylor says. “It’s the main project of mine that I’m doing out here in San Francisco — the one music project that followed me from South Carolina. It’s primarily a solo project and easy for me to keep it going.” Last month, Death Cheetah released a single titled “Dress Like a Target.” A forthcoming Death Cheetah track called “Be Someone’s Horse” is scheduled for release in early February. Both feature limited-edition vinyl from Charleston-based Rah-Rah Records and sleeves printed by local artist John Pundt and his publishing company PROKhaus.
T. Ballard Lesemann