Cruising The Bowery:
An Interview with Bill Mayo of Black Taxi

Words by Christine Loughran

What do you get when you liquefy a little R&B and hip-hop with a synth-pop keyboard, horns and party rock beats? The dance-punk sounds of Black Taxi, a four-piece Brooklyn outfit that’s gearing up to make a pit-stop on its East Coast tour this Friday, July 12th for a show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom.

Among the other jams that have landed them on the electro-pop music scene since 2007, audiences should expect to hear Black Taxi’s new single, “House on Fire” and a few new tracks off their new EP set to be released later this summer. Live performances of these songs, which are the first to be recorded since the New York group signed onto the record label, No Shame, include “Gone,” “Can’t Stop Shaking” and “The Runner,” and have already riled up crowds along the Eastern seaboard, according to Black Taxi’s lead vocalist, Bill Mayo.

“The new songs are really sticking in everybody’s minds, and they’re cheering just as loud as with the older stuff,” Mayo said. “People are jamming.”

He said that’s especially exciting since Black Taxi’s new material be a little different from what fans may be used to. “The Runner,” for example, heavily integrates Krisana Soponpong’s synth-pop keyboard, while ‘Gone’ can be likened to a “funky Pink Floyd-ish jam,” Mayo said. “It’s a paradigm shift from what people expect from us.”

Following 2012’s full-length album, We Don’t Know Any Better, the new release also includes Black Taxi’s catchy new single “House on Fire,” which premiered on MTV’s Buzzworthy Blog in May 2013.

Get your tickets now to see Black Taxi perform alongside Marmalakes and Wild Adriatic at the Bowery Ballroom on Friday, July 12th. | House on Fire