Mill Valley, California, USA

Taxes combine songs about loss, love and/or the lack thereof with high-energy live performances. They are a six piece rock outfit from San Francisco whose new LP is "It's Always Something".


Former "crumb" frontman robby cronholm is the emotional motor that drives the band Taxes. Robby formed "crumb" in Southern California, and at the age of nineteen signed with Qwest/Warner Bros. and released "Romance is a Slow Dance." The release of the record led to "crumb" touring with such top tier acts as "Jimmy Eat World," "Death Cab for Cutie," and a slot on that year's Lollapalooza festival tour.

Eventually "crumb" disbanded and Robby waited a few years before forming Taxes. They released their first EP, "This is Going To End Badly" at the Noise Pop Music Festival and their first full-length, "It's Always Something" was released this past September.

The new release from Taxes builds mightily on the accomplished sound of their debut, This is Going To End Badly. With an expert’s understanding of the human condition robby elicits a wide range of emotions with a voice that is at once powerful and fragile, a timbre perfectly suited to the moody, electronic-tinged indie rock made to seem effortless by a remarkably tight band. The addition of keyboardist and singer Laura Dean makes Taxes a half-dozen members strong, and lends an intimacy to a batch of songs that blur the lines between regret and refusal.

Produced by Ryan Williams (Alkaline Trio, Weezer), mixed at Tiny Telephone and featuring strings courtesy of the insanely talented Magik*Magik Orchestra (Death Cab for Cutie, How to Dress Well), It’s Always Something strives for and repeatedly achieves excellence while eschewing the standard San Francisco sound for one that’s more bold and dramatic.

Thanks for listening.


"This is Going to End Badly" Debut EP 2009

"It's Always Something" LP 2011

Set List

Approximately 45min.
(Set times vary depending on venue and event)

The Shut In
Stop, Start
It's not Your Fault
Drummer Song
Picture of Waves
Open House
Messenger Pigeon
Pyramid Scheme