It all started with Julian Casablancas singing “Last Night”… Well, actually it started long before that. New York’s rock scene is way older than The Strokes but in this Era of short attention span, let’s stick to this garage rock/post-punk revival (by the way: it’s been more than 10 years since The Strokes debut album).
Black Taxi is one of NYC’s most prominent live acts and their sophomore album puts them en route with such bands as The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand and some hints of The Killers. Right at the first song (Tightrope) you get and upbeat tempo rock sound that recalls Two Doors Cinema Club, for me.
Songs like “Hands” or “Balloons on Barbed Wire” will fit just perfectly in a playlist with the Black Kids’ “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You” and the already mentioned Strokes, FF, Two Doors, Orson, Phoenix, and Kings of Leon.
Mayo’s vocals, at some moments seem to just not care (in a snazzy stylish good way) and it helps to keep this garage rock vibe. The only downside is when Ezra Huleatt (vocals/keys/trumpet), Bill Mayo (guitar/vocals), Krisana Soponpong (bass), and Jason Holmes (drums/vocals) slowdown in songs like “Holding on to Nothing”, “Hope I Never Know” and “Vultures”. The songs are ok. Some are even very nice but they will break the mood if you play the album in a party. But if you’re just listening like you just don’t care (in a snazzy stylish good way) you’re good to go on this ride in the Black Taxi.