Jersey-based band Like Trains & Taxis is gearing up to self-release their debut full-length album on April 6th, "Tales From A Revolving Door".
Following the D.I.Y. ethos of the New Brunswick, NJ music scene where they formed and developed, Like Trains & Taxis will be releasing the album on their own label, as they did their last two EPs.
Like Trains & Taxis combines a modern indie sensibility with traditional notions of songwriting, and a sound that evokes both the soul of Stevie Wonder and the off-beat nuanced approach of artists like Ben Folds or Fiona Apple. With a voice that captivates, and piano arrangements that perfectly support the poetic nature of the music, Like Trains & Taxis possesses a level of originality, intelligence, and an ability to move the listener that is rare in today's music – Metromix NJ recently praised the band, declaring "The EP sounds like what the world would still be listening to had Stevie Wonder not gone all adult contemporary on us a few years back or, to put it in other terms, like a much more soulful version of Spoon."
When Bob Dylan said in a recent interview "there aren't enough guys or gals writing good songs anymore," he unknowingly put his finger on exactly what Like Trains & Taxis is battling in their forthcoming album. Instead of relying on cutting-edge production gimmicks and laptop panache, Like Trains & Taxis' philosophy is to shift the focus from modern day tricks, and place it back onto the quality of songwriting. Like Trains & Taxis creates music that has an ability to move the listener without superficial aesthetics, relying only on the strength of the songwriting itself.
While the band espouses this somewhat traditionalist view of music, the album they have created is far from trite or traditional. Developing their sound during numerous performances across the country, including at a number of unconventional locations like art galleries and studios, Like Trains & Taxis has a developed an original sound that is all their own. Soulful and smooth while still celebratory and new, Like Trains & Taxis is sure to accumulate a significant following with their debut release.
Like Trains & Taxis Show Details:
2/15 – M Squared Live @ Monmouth University – West Long Branch, New Jersey
2/19 – The Magic School Bus (Benefit for Haiti) – New Brunswick, New Jersey
2/21 – Indie Music Circus @ Studio Luna – Orange, New Jersey
2/26 – Little Theater @ Kean University – Union, New Jersey
3/16 – S*ALT @ Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, New Jersey
3/19 – Danger Danger Gallery – Philadelphia, PA
3/24 – The Downtown – Red Bank, New Jersey