steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

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The January Taxi

"Keep Quiet, They Might Hear Us" CD

Vacant Cage Records

Genres: alt rock, indie rock

Vacant Cage
W Northfield Blvd
Murfreesboro TN

Sep 6 - 12 2004

There's nothing wrong with treading near "alt rock" territory.  A band like The January Taxi can get a lot of slack for their marketable, radio-friendly sound, but they salvage some credibility due to distinctly strong songwriting and a willingness to forge their own creative path.  The songs on the Keep Quiet, They Might Hear Us mini-album have the potential for mainstream accessibility, but the right hooks at the right times keep them from dipping into mediocrity.

The key to the January Taxi is a fine balance between loud and soft.  Their melodies are comprised of juxtapositions between slow, pensive pop moments and hard, guitar-heavy rock parts.  These types of contrasts fuel "Jome" and album highlight "Starlight the Sun."  The songs that eschew this style aren't as memorable, although "The Ashtray Parade" remains successful due to some really effective hooks - on the other hand, "Where It Was" is bland, derivative, and quite whiny.

Keep Quiet, They Might Hear Us is a promising mini-album for The January Taxi.  If they can introduce a bit of variety to their sound, a future full-length could really do some damage.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]