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"Sexy Sass"

What makes your live show great?

We've had fans come up to us after our shows and tell us it looks like we are having fun up on stage. We always try to have fun during the show, otherwise, what's the point?

Describe your sound in five words or less.

Sexy, sexy, sexy, and good looking.

Tell us something random about the band, and why that's significant.

We were carpooling to a show in Detroit. Paul was jonesing for a cigarette but didn't have anymore so he called me to tell me to pull over. I was driving in front of him and as a joke, I told him I'd throw him one out of my sunroof. So we both opened up our sunroofs, I slipped him one and he actually caught it. It's only significant because it's an awesome story to tell.

Who would you want to work with, and who would you never work with? Why?

Josh Homme from QOTSA. Every record he's made, QOTSA ,Eagles of Death, and Them Crooked Vultures, has the groove that makes all good records great. You know, the one that cool chicks like. QOTSA has a wide scape of music from acoustic to heavy, I think we also have that depth about us and the sound of their records are one of a kind. I would be very interested to see what he would do with us. I also think it would be great to work with Jeff Tweedy (Circa Yankee Foxtrot Hotel and A Ghost is Born) and Thom Yorke because they are both forward thinking musicians and producers who have taken chaotic, unorthodox sounds and turned them into really cool songs.

If the band was a cartoon character, who would it be and why?

Brenda from 90210 [editor: Not exactly a cartoon character, but close enough], because we can all be a little [difficult] sometimes.

What's the best album you've heard recently?

Omar Rodriguez Lopez and John Frusciante (Self-Titled). Their music makes your mind go places it normal doesn't go.

What song do you never want to hear again?

"Rock and Roll All Nite" by Kiss

What is Chicago's best music venue and why?

Schubas - it has great sound whether the band wants to play hard or soft, and it has a very intimate feel without being too small. It's comfortable and has a very accessible bar and most bands hang outside after their shows so you can usually have a nice chat with them. Most importantly is the sound, which is GREAT. - redeye A Chicago Tribune publication

"Demo2DeRo: TAxi"

By Jim DeRogatis on June 9, 2009

At their invigorating best, as on the rollicking "See Her Dead" or the anthemic "Sinners on a Sunday," the Chicago quartet TAxi offers yet another take on that never-gets-old brand of tuneful Midwestern garage punk, with a focus on melody that barely (just barely) contains the chaos threatening to erupt. Other times, as on "Chinatown," the band plays it a bit too safe, and the polish veers dangerously close to Dave Matthews Band territory. Thankfully, those moments are in the minority.

The current lineup of guitarist-vocalist Brian Petzel, bassist Toby Merrick, drummer Jacob Fawcett and keyboardist Paul Solans recently recorded a new self-titled EP, the follow-up to the earlier "One Night with Me," downstate at Pieholden Suites, the studio owned by the late Jay Bennett, and touches of Wilco circa "Summerteeth" mix nicely with the more discordant guitar eruptions. The group celebrated that disc with a record release party at the Bottom Lounge last month, but keep an eye on it Web sites, and, for upcoming dates, or visit for a free download of the new sounds now. - Chicago Sun Times


"Doctor" radio airplay on 93 XRT Local Anesthetic and CHIRP radio
Six O'clock Sunday Morning (2010) - 9 song LP
TAxi (2009) - 6 song EP
One Night With Me (2008) - 5 song EP



Hailing from Chicago, TAxi is comprised of Brian Petzel (guitar and lead vocals), Toby Merrick (bass and vocals), Jacob Fawcett (Drums) and Paul Solans (keyboard and vocals). TAxi has combined their influences in the blues, soul, pop, indie, alternative, and rock to create their own South Side rock N' roll sound, that produces rhythms and riffs that get your hips shaking and feet movin'.

TAxi was formed by Petzel and Merrick in 2001. Since then, they have been playing on the Chicago scene in some of the more popular clubs like Elbo Room, Double Door, Subterranean, and Mutiny. They have made appearances on Q101 and WXAV Radio at St. Xavier University. They had just parted ways with their original drummer when Jacob Fawcett arrived in Chicago in July 2007. He joined the band in August. Jacob has played drums with bands in Nashville and Orlando. With the addition of keyboardist Paul Solans, in February 2009, TAxi's sound was complete.

TAxi went into the recording studio in October 2007 to record three songs for a new demo. In the August 2008 TAxi recorded and self released their first EP “One Night With Me” (5 songs). During the winter months of 2008 and 2009 TAxi spent their weekends working on their second self-titled EP, “TAxi.” Once again TAxi decided to work with MAtt Dewine at PieHolden Studios. The EP was released in the spring of ‘09 with a celebrated CD release show at the Bottom Lounge and a write up in the Chicago Sun-Times by Jim DeRogatis.

TAxi's first full-length album "Six O'clock Sunday Morning" was recorded starting in October 2009 at Stereophonic Studios. The album is available now for download on iTunes.