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Local Limelight: Q&A with the January Taxi

 by Grayson Steinberg  published on Thursday, September 1, 2005

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Photo courtesy of the January Taxi
 

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SPM caught up with the January Taxi last week. The band talked about its upcoming full-length album and its potential strategy for escaping from prison. Members of the group include lead vocalist and guitarist Joshua Taylor, guitarist Brandon B, bassist Christopher Pea and drummer Jeff Kaylor.

SPM: How is work on the full-length album progressing, and what is it going to be like?

Kaylor: It's progressing quite nicely. It sounds like we've grown up. We want to try everything.

Pea: It's in the mixing stages right now. What will it sound like? Probably, like Pixies, Weezer and Fugazi --- but not so much.

B: It sounds unlike anything else.

Taylor: We are slowly bridging the gap between our capabilities and our ideas now that we have Brandon. This album compared to Keep Quiet shows a huge growth. It's a mellow album that seems heavy. I can't explain it. Nobody has been able to explain this album. I dig that.

SPM: If you were all taken prisoner, stripped naked and thrown into prison to rot, how would you creatively escape?

Kaylor: We would rub our naked bodies together and create a poison with our lethal man-sweat and kill the guards with it.

Pea: We'd wait until we rotted, [then] make our escape by way of decomposition. Then, when we're reincarnated, we'll be home free.

Taylor: I really like Chris's response to this pleasantly odd question. I don't have a more clever way of saying that we are just going to die. I'll make sure I watch "Shawshank Redemption" again, just in case. Maybe a few Chuck Norris flicks while I'm at it. I don't think it will help though.

SPM: If you could create your own music festival in the desert with your five favorite bands, or musicians, living or dead, who would you bring and why?

Kaylor: Pixies, Nirvana, Cure, Beatles and Bob Marley, because they're all badass.

B: Bob Marley, Slayer, Guns 'n' Roses, Metallica circa Kill Em All and Jawbreaker. They all changed my life.

Taylor: Blind Melon would headline that show and I would be the happiest person ever. Sharing that joy with me would be my special guests Van Morrison, Ray Charles, the Beatles and [Frank] Sinatra. You have to have Frank. That should be a given. Blind Melon had the whole package, the varied group of musicians and a brilliant lyricist that sang with so much soul. Van Morrison makes me feel like a kid sitting on the curb around sunset at the beginning of summer break. I shouldn't have to explain the rest.

Reach the reporter at grayson.steinberg@asu.edu.



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