Fully formed in 2007, BLACK TAXI is recognized as much for their wide-ranging musical influences as they are for their animated stage performance. Dance-Punk, Big-Wave and twisted Dive-Rock dominate the foursome’s Grit Pop sound, with strong undertones of Surf and Jazz. In their first full-length release, 2009’s Things of That Nature, they corrupt the traditional rock and roll line up of drums, bass, and guitar, with all manner of percussion, glockenspiel, brass arrangements, and distorted Fender Rhodes. Thick harmonies collide with spitfire guitar licks in songs that hint at The Clash, Cake, and Daft Punk, but are driven by something entirely new and infectious
“Things of that Nature is a high-octane, toe-tapping album packed with strong, funky guitar riffs, to graceful rockabilly songs that have the feeling of celebration with their hip-shaking rhythms. If the Clash and the Talking Heads were to have offspring, it would be BLACK TAXI.”—Performer Magazine,January 2010
“BLACK TAXI burst onto the stage with a nonchalant attitude and plenty of props that only bolstered their utilitarian yet theatrical rock sound. Honestly, keep an eye on these guys.” –CMJ, February 2010
“BLACK TAXI almost blew a fuse with their high-powered instrumentation and charisma.” –The Deli,March 2010
After spending two short weeks holed up and snowed in at Newkirk Studios, Brooklyn-based
Blackbells emerged from the borough with their debut self-titled EP in hand. The band's
cohesive sound is quickly apparent and can probably be owed to countless hours roaming the
streets together, and many more playing in several venerable NYC bands. On the heels of
those collaborations, members Ben Rice, Anthony Stella, Austin Schumacher and Seth Bulkin
set aside time to create a project of their own. Calling upon influences ranging from Echo and
the Bunnymen to Oasis and contemporaries Band of Skulls, Blackbells have created a unique
aesthetic with Wall of Sound guitars, soaring vocals, a massive rhythm section, and impressive
Migrating from some of the most musically inclined cities in America, Alex Chappo (of Baton Rouge), and Chris Olson (of Seattle) came together in the lower east side of Manhattan courtesy of a craigslist roommate search. Similar interests and musical influence gave birth to a new sound that was crafted into a 5 song EP. CHAPPO is now joined by Zac Colwell (of Austin) on drums and production, and Dave Feddock (of Seattle) on guitar. The guys recently spent the month of January snowed-in at a remote Vermont cabin recording a full-length album. Release details coming soon.
This cruise is aboard THE JEWEL and will depart from Skyport Marina - East 23rd Street & FDR Drive (EAST side).
We will be boarding and departing at the times listed on your ticket and are not able to allow refunds if you miss the boat. So don't be late - it sure ain't pretty to be standin on the dock, watching the party sailing away!
There are cash bars on board so make sure to swing by the ATM on your way to the boat. There will be food available for purchase. All cruises are 3 hours unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions about the show or your purchase, please contact Sancho Dominguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our FAQ page on www.rocksoff.com
Please note that all shows are 21 and over and ID will be required upon boarding the boat