Most of this modern-day pop-punk, Warped Tour stuff doesn’t do much for me but AM Taxi stands out amongst the crowd. While a band like The Gaslight Anthem has taken Springsteen’s sound and molded it into something entirely new, AM Taxi draws influence from Midwest bands like The Replacements and infuses it with a Clash-style punk rock rhythm. Adam Krier’s hoarse vocals bring to mind Two Cow Garage’s Micah Schnabel and while you’re not likely to confuse AM Taxi for Two Cow Garage, give a listen to the first single from AM Taxi’s debut, We Don’t Stand a Chance, to hear the similarities.
AM Taxi’s Virgin Records debut won’t be in stores until June, however iTunes has picked it as part of their “Next Big Thing” series and you can download it (as of today) on iTunes, just in time for the band’s show in Columbus.
Because of the ticket demand, The Spill Canvas, Tyler Hilton, AM Taxi, and New Politics show originally booked at The Basement was moved a few weeks ago to The Newport. You can catch all 4 bands Thursday night. Doors open at 6pm and tickets are $15.