Live: Black Taxi @ Jillian’s, 1/19/12

Black Taxi @ Jillian's1/19/12 (photo by Brian Tromans)

Review and photographs by Brian Tromans

Coming off the sold-out CD release party at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom, Black Taxi headed north in their new van to deliver their infectious energy to Albany last Thursday night. Despite the snowy weather, the Brooklyn-based band launched their 2012 tour at Jillian’s in Albany.

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The band’s brand new full-length sophomore album “We Don’t Know Any Better” has already received high praise from fans and critics alike. There is a reason why Black Taxi’s indie “grit pop” sound is one of NYC’s most prominent underground live acts.

The quartet – featuring Ezra Huleatt (vocals, keyboards, trumpet, assorted percussion), Bill Mayo (vocals, guitar), Krisana Soponpong (bass) and Jason Holmes (drums) – masterly weaves each of their wide-ranging musical influences into a solid block of entertainment. Party rock mixed well with ’80s dance-pop, a splash of jazz, two parts punk and a dose of lyrical creativity create a mean Black Taxi cocktail.

With Saratoga-based Wild Adriatic opening the show, this was just one of great performances helping to start the year off right.

Head on a Pike
Steppin Out
Do What You Gotta Do
Up Here for Thinking, Down There for Dancing
Take a Ticket
We Don’t Know Any Better
It’s a Ball
Though I’m Down for the Count, Don’t Count Me Out
Misirlou (Dick Dale)

Black Taxi @ Jillian's1/19/12 (photo by Brian Tromans)

Black Taxi @ Jillian's1/19/12 (photo by Brian Tromans)

Black Taxi @ Jillian's1/19/12 (photo by Brian Tromans)

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