Music Review by Natalie Homer
A New York City based indie rock outfit that blends high octane pop rock with harmonious swagger, Black Taxi (Ezra – vocals oh and so much more, Bill – guitar, Soponpong – bass and J. Holmes – drums) shows the kind of poise and confidence that is rare in a new (let alone indie –pop) band. And it’s no fluke; these guys are good musicians and songwriters. HEAD ON A PIKE, IT’S A BALL and TAKE A TICKET stand out in this their first full album THINGS OF THAT NATURE, evoking the best of modern disco/dance to pop and off the hook driving beats – credit to the rhythm section culminating with the melodic, melancholic ballad I CAN’T BRING MYSELF TO CARE; All this vivacity resulting in a very tuneful and versatile body of work.
The band has previously released two EPs, “Black Taxi EP” (2007) and “Untitled” (2008) that offered small windows into their range within the Indie/Pop/Rock format but in THINGS, they appear to have definitely come of age.
In between recording the band has been wowing New York audiences at well-received shows in venues as Mercury Lounge and Luna Lounge. If you get a chance to catch them live, I have it from a very good source that you will not be disappointed.