The sons of Sheep Farmers, Mennonites, Rail Workers and Olympians, BLACK TAXI channel their diverse histories into a sound that is part rock, part carnival; a sideshow stomp that is as sexy as it is punk rock.
Fully formed in 2007, Brooklyn's BLACK TAXI is recognized as much for their wide-ranging musical influences as they are for their animated stage performance. New-Wave, Psych-Rock and twisted Garage-Blues dominate the foursome's sound, with strong undertones of Surf and Jazz evident too. In their first full-length release, 2009's Things of That Nature, they corrupt the traditional rock and roll line up of drums, bass, and guitar, with all manner of percussion, glockenspiel, brass arrangements, and distorted Fender Rhodes. Thick harmonies collide with stuttering guitar licks in songs that hint at The Clash, Cake, and Daft Punk, but are driven by something entirely new and infectious.
Playing legendary venues such as Blender Theatre, The Knitting Factory, and Mercury Lounge, BLACK TAXI has been gathering a rabid fan-base in NYC clubs, Brooklyn lofts, and back-alleys. They play with a fever of movement---a hot noise doused in war-paint that is all soul, swagger, and sweat---and their talent has not gone unnoticed. Over the last year this musical foursome have won the 2008 M.E.A.N.Y. Festival, been featured artists at Mountain Jam Festival, played multiple CMJ shows, headlined the Boston Common for NYE, and shared the stage with bands like Girl Talk, Allman Brothers, Gomez, and the Hold Steady. They are regulars on Fearless Music TV and have also been on ABC News, Fox 5's Good Day New York, placed on the award-winning show MERRIme and PBS's Road Trip Nation. With sold out performances at Bowery Ballroom, and radio play from stations like 100.1 WDST (Radio Woodstock) and 107.1's The Peak, BLACK TAXI is set to begin their takeover.