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Black Taxi or: How the East Was Won

**UPDATE** Hot off the press: The new music video for “Up Here For Thinking, Down There For Dancing”


If you haven’t heard of Black Taxi, it’s time to start tuning in.

The band from left to right: Bill, Ezra, Kris, and Jason

Black Taxi was formed in 2007 in the heart of Brooklyn by Ezra Huleatt, Bill Mayo, Kris Soponpong, and Jason Holmes. The most important thing you need to know about these guys is that they are very, very good at their job. What is that job? Putting on a great live show that rests on a backbone of catchy rock songs that have the uncanny ability to wriggle their way into your bones.

Can you label them? People have tried. Attempts include “indie rock”, “rockabilly”, “part-rock, part-carnival”, and “high-octane punk infused with a swagger found in … a Tarantino Film”. The band likes to promote this mystique as well. For example:

BLACK TAXI plays like a vintage spaghetti western dressed up in neon lights…the soundtrack to that desert road trip you should have taken back when your girl dumped you and you chanced upon her acid cache.

Black Taxi at the M.E.A.N.Y. Festival in January

But acid caches and spaghetti westerns aside, Black Taxi is really doing something right. In just two years, they’ve gone from one in a sea of indie bands out of Brooklyn to winning the 2008 M.E.A.N.Y. Festival for best new NY band, and releasing their first full-length album with a show (/party) at the Blender Theater this past September. The Peak’s Chris Bro recently gave them 4 straight weeks of airplay on his show, NEXT, so you know they’re good.

Kris on stage

And with four shows lined up in NYC between now and February, they’re here to stay. The new album, Things of That Nature (self released), has got some old favorites reworked like this one, which I featured a while back, and some new gems like their boppin’ “Up Here For Thinking, Down There For Dancing”.

I saw these guys this past August at the Rack n’ Roll Cafe in Stamford, CT as part of the NEXT Charity Concert Series. It was a great show, and the amazing thing is – the guys were really humble after the show. Ezra is captivating to watch on stage – often baring his chest in a true display of 70’s rock-god  showmanship. And once the tight guitar licks lock in with the slick bass and sick drums, it’s game over.

Ezra rallying the troops

So the bottom line? I give them less than a year before a record label snatches them up – if they want to be snatched, that is. But label or no label, Black Taxi will continue to take the East Coast by storm. Check out the “This Week” tab for some of their latest songs and videos, and a sweet Talking Heads cover. And no matter if you love ’em or hate ’em say it!


Check out some tunes and videos from New York’s own Black Taxi.

Wanted Man (2008 Untitled EP)

Bon Appetit (not released)

Some clips and music:

Love Song For a Ghost (Things of That Nature)

And don’t forget to check out their great cover of the Talking Heads’ Life in Wartime .

Happy Listening!



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