Ezra Huleatt –Vocals/Keys/Trumpet
Bill Mayo – Guitar/Vocals/Triangle
Krisana Soponpong -- Bass
Jason Holmes – Drums/Vocals
BLACK TAXI is one of NYC's most prominent live acts, smashing an anything-goes punk ethos together with pop sensibilities, unparalleled energy, and brilliant songwriting. The result is a raucous stage show, heavy on harmonies, spitfire guitar licks, body paint, and all manner of instrumentation. Their style has been described varyingly as "grit-pop" or "dance punk", and though their songs hint at the Talking Heads, Cake, and Daft Punk, they are driven by something entirely new and infectious. BLACK TAXI songs can be heard on radio stations from Maine to California, accompany hit TV shows, provide the soundtrack for film, and hit the airwaves on commercial airlines. Their most recent music video "Shoeshine" has found a success of its own as an Official Nominee for the Webby Awards.
BLACK TAXI’s first full-length offering Things of that Nature received strong reviews in publications throughout the country. For their second full-length album they returned to The Bunker Studio to record with Aaron Nevezie, who has worked with Grammy nominated acts like The Black Keys and Danger Mouse
BLACK TAXI is a rock band from Brooklyn, NY. Fully formed in 2007, the four-member ensemble consists of Ezra Huleatt (vocals, keys, trumpet), William Longyear Mayo (guitar, vocals), Krisana Soponpong (bass), and Jason Holmes (drums, vocals). BLACK TAXI is recognized for their animated stage performance and a diverse song catalogue, which amassed as a result of the members' distinct musical backgrounds. Singer Ezra Huleatt started off studying jazz, guitarist William Longyear Mayo was an R&B/Hip Hop session musician, bassist Krisana Soponpong an 80s synth-pop revivalist, and drummer Jason Holmes an orchestral and theatre percussionist. Dance-Punk and Big-Wave dominate the foursome’s Grit-Pop sound, which is highlighted by carnival drums, glockenspiel, trumpet, keyboard and synths, in addition to their core setup of guitar, bass, drums and vocals.
BLACK TAXI honed its sound as a live act by playing frequent shows in mid-sized rock clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn. By 2009 the band was selling out venues like New York’s Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, followed by more sold-out performances in Boston, New Orleans, and New York City in 2010 and 2011. BLACK TAXI continues to participate in some of the nation’s most respected music festivals like New York City’s CMJ and Austin’s SXSW, played the Main Stage at Mountain Jam V alongside the Allman Brothers, Girl Talk, and The Hold Steady, celebrated the New Year in 2010 from the steps of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, played Stamford’s Alive@5 Festival alongside Third Eye Blind, and opened radio events for stations like Albany’s 102.7 WEXQ and Westchester’s 107.1 The Peak. In October 2010 they played a ten-show national tour and appeared on WGN-TV’s Music Lounge in Chicago.
BLACK TAXI recorded a second full-length album WE DON'T KNOW ANY BETTER with Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio. Nevezie has worked with artists like The Black Keys, Danger Mouse, and Ambulance LTD. BLACK TAXI’s discography includes one full-length album Things of that Nature, also recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, and two EPs. The band took a new approach on their most recent album by bringing unfinished songs to the studio to allow for more “magic” to happen in the studio by taking more creative liberties and using a wide range of instruments, from Fisher Price pianos to kantele, and every manner of guitar amp and synths. The previous album was recorded using a raw, low-fi approach utilizing mostly analog equipment, with the addition of vintage synthesizers that previously had never been a part of their sound. With a WRXP-sponsored CD release party at Blender Theatre and solid reviews, the record was well received and continues to receive airtime on radio stations from Maine to California. BLACK TAXI’s music video for single "Up Here for Thinking, Down There for Dancing" was featured on MTV’s The Freshman, and the song also aired on American Airlines in-flight radio. Their music video "Shoeshine," the first track on Things of that Nature, is an Official Honoree for the Webby Awards and aired on Virgin America flights across the country. Other tracks have been featured on popular television shows airing on NBC, ABC, PBS, and FOX and in indie films like the upcoming Generation Um... starring Keanu Reeves.
The 2008 Untitled EP was recorded at the renowned Quad Studio in Manhattan, a studio that has produced award-winning recordings by Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Jay-Z and countless others. The EP version of Pretty Mama was featured in the trailer for Youth in Revolt, which starred Michael Cera.