The guys in Taxpayer came of age in the same North Shore scene that spawned Cave In and Piebald -- but, being a teeny bit younger, bounced from hardcore to emo to "pink floyd shit" before settling on statuesque, anthemic pop with a commercial sheen: they're the type of dudes who have been known to put the best looking guy in the band closest to the camera for press photos, even when he's not the singer. Let's not be mad at that. Instead, let's talk about songs that take where Minor Threat wanted to go in '82 -- half of them, by their own admission, wanted to be in U2; the other half wanted to be in, well, Fugazi -- and weld it to the frigid stratospheres and star-crossed vocal melodies of Coldplay and OK Computer-era Radiohead. The tune below has already been a favorite over at WFNX, and tomorrow (January 6) the band kicks off a weekly New England Product/PhoenixBandGuide series at Bill's Bar, 5.5 Lansdowne Street, behind Fenway Park (and more importantly, around the corner from our office). Call 617.421.9678. Also on board this week: Static of the Gods, Choo Choo LaRouge.
:ISTEN: Taxpayer, “When They Were Young” (mp3)LISTEN: Static of the Gods, "Small Molecules" (mp3)LISTEN: Choo Choo LaRouge, "The Kind of Noise" (mp3, via MySpace)
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