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taggart

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1995

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Established on Jan, 1995
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Taggart’s swaggering debut is a melodic mixture of emo, garage, punk, and alternative that’s just one hit song away from a commercial breakthrough. Poignant, rowdy, melancholy, and reckless, this Philadelphia quartet weaves strong pop hooks into thick guitar-driven arrangements and peppers them with occasional keyboard motifs and vocal harmonies that skim the surface of the Beach Boys and Beatles. Though each member sings from the bottom of a shot glass, the band is able to morph into a myriad of contrasting styles with relative ease as evidenced by the Americana twist of “Chelsea” and “Final Chapter” and the artsy intro to “Empty Introduction”. The disc’s two overt love songs, Rotten Life”, a diatribe aimed at a blue-haired Goth girl, and ‘California”, a breezy Eagles-like driven song, ooze with vitriolic charm. A fine record for jilted lovers and intellectual drinkers - Tom Semiole – Amplifier Magazine, Issue #29, March 2002


sean koepenick – ear candy mag

for what it’s worse – new album from the long standing philly rockers. full of sonic blasts and bittersweet songwriting, this will sound fantastic cranked out over the speakers. it starts off with a bang here with “good intentions” and doesn’t let up until the last note fades off into the ether. ‘me and sweet j” and “starting now” are some of my other favorites here. taggart has been cranking out great indie rock for awhile now, and the end result is this new release, which is rock solid and worth picking up. – 4 out of 5 stars (ear candy mag) - Ear Candy


Discography

albums:
21 - 1997 -10 songs
parts of my bicycle are made of chrome - 2001 - 13 songs
pink pig stink – 10 years of taggart covers, demos, and z-sides: 1997-2007 - 2008 - 24 songs
for what it's worse - 2011 - 14 songs
snow day (take it easy) - 2013 - 4 songs
l'maskin - 2018 - 10 songs

compilations featured on:
face down records: the new deal compilation - 1998 - 2 songs
the fans hit back - 1999 - 2 songs
left of the dial: a pop tribute to the replacements - 2000 - 1 songs
who’s not forgotten: fdr’s tribute to the who - 2004 - 1 song
about a girl - 2007 - 1 song
my hometown (a tribute to nj) - 2013 - 1 song

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Upon the release of their last album Philadelphia Weekly described Taggart as “harking back to underground rock’s golden age during the half-decade leading up to Nevermind. The guitars are sweet and crunchy like super sugar crisp, purveying tasty hooks coated in distortion and jagged edges with gruff, half-yelped vocals reminiscent of Eric Bachmann (Archers of Loaf)”. A Philadelphia institution for over 20 years Taggart has never taken a break from writing, performing and recording. Over the years they’ve had the opportunity to open for some of their biggest influences, including Portastatic, Tommy Stinson, and even acted as Grant Hart’s backing band on a few Husker Du songs. They will self-release their latest full length album, L’maskin, on February 23rd, 2018.