With a blend of old-school punk, world beat and modern pop influences, Chicago-based AM Taxi combines experience with exuberance on their Virgin Records debut, We Don’t Stand A Chance. The band was formed almost two years ago—with the encouragement of Sublime producer Miguel Happoldt—by longtime Windy City bandmates and pals, singer/songwriter Adam Krier, drummer Chris Smith and bassist Jason Schultejann.
The trio began writing and recording and produced their first EP, Runaway Songs. Shortly after, they were joined by brothers John and Luke Schmitt on guitar and keyboards. AM Taxi began establishing a rep as a dynamic live outfit with headlining performances at local clubs like the Metro and soon after recorded their second EP, The Good, The Bad and The Fed Up.
Entering an Austin studio with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead), AM Taxi proceeded to record a major-label debut that reflects the group’s diverse influences.
From the Springsteen-by-way-of-The Hold Steady, “Fed Up,” and the heart-on-the-sleeve Replacements-like confessional, “The Mistake” to the Police-inspired world beat of “Dead Street” and the Clash-esque reggae pulse of “Charissa,” the group has one foot firmly planted in the classics and one right here, right now in the present.
“We wanted someone who could capture the way we sounded live,” says Krier about the choice of McCarthy. “What made Mike stand out was how he still records bands that way. He still uses reel-to-reel and we recorded majority of the album live in studio.
We weren’t so interested in making a record that sounded current, as we were something that could be classic.” Pointing to personal favorites like Pacific Northwest Nuggets-style garage bands like the Wailers, the Sonics and Paul Revere and the Raiders, the British Invasion bands, soul greats Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, Two-Tone bands The Specials and the Selecter or Alt-Country acts Wilco and Ryan Adams, AM Taxi were not afraid to experiment with their sound.
“Our motto in the studio was, ‘If it ain’t broke, break it.’ We’d try things from every possible angle,” says Krier. “We’re not re-inventing the wheel here. It’s just classic rock songwriting with present-day arrangements.
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been attracted to the honesty of bands like the Replacements and the Clash, who are completely opposite, actually. One would go out of their way to shoot themselves in the foot and the other wanted to take over the world.
But both told the truth.” That ability to tell it like it is comes through in Krier’s writing and in AM Taxi’s musicality. Taking their inspiration from his touring around the U.S. with several of his previous bands, songs like “Dead Street” and “Shake, Rattle and Stall” explore the restlessness he encountered along the way or, as Krier puts it, “Wherever I went, people were trying to get out of where they were.
”There are also songs about things everyone can identify with, like a couple in which no matter how much he messes up, she takes him back (“Charissa”) or New Year’s resolutions gone bad (“Champagne Toast”).
“I try to write songs about things people can relate to,” nods Adam. “For me, the best music, at the end of the day, is therapeutic. That’s always in the back of my mind a little when I’m sitting down to write.
” And now, AM Taxi—short for American Taxi, so-called because they’re all about moving across the U.S. towards their destination—gets ready to hit the road…hard. They’ve already been out on the road with the likes of Sum 41 and The Ataris, while opening for The Offspring at Summerfest in Milwaukee, so they’re more than up for the task.
“Our goal is to take that 45 or 60 minutes and let people get away for a little bit,” says Adam. “And maybe even convert some of ‘em to AM Taxi fans. And, if they dig what we’re doing, maybe they’ll check out some of the stuff that influenced us.
” Take one listen to AM Taxi’s debut, We Don’t Stand A Chance and you can hear that same reverence for the past and hope for the future, a band that can cut across any number of age or genre demographics.
Take the ride… they promise not to leave the meter running.
Frequently Asked Questions
BOOKING AM Taxi
How to book AM Taxi?Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like AM Taxi for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at AAE Music represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire musicians, bands, or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for AM Taxi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for AM Taxi or any other artist of your choice.
How much does it cost to book AM Taxi?Booking fees for AM Taxi, or any other artist, singer, or celebrity, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of the performance, and the location of the event. Booking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire AM Taxi, please fill out our booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
Who is the agent for AM Taxi?AAE Music has successfully secured celebrity talent like AM Taxi for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service artist booking agency, we have access to virtually any artist, singer, or performer in the world. Our artist booking agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the musician or band of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book AM Taxi for your next private or corporate event.
What is a full-service talent booking agency?AAE Music, the music division of speaker bureau and celebrity booking agency All American Entertainment, acts as a "buyers agent" in the artist booking process. We exclusively represent talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure an artist, musician, band, or musical duo for performances, personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent AM Taxi or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for AM Taxi or any other artist or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please visit How We Work.
AM Taxi performs alternative, rock music and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, or other music performances. The estimated booking fee range to book AM Taxi for your event, Please Contact. AM Taxi has more than 62.4K listeners worldwide and really knows how to entertain your audience. Similar artists are . Contact AAE Music agency for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling AM Taxi for an upcoming event.
This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of popular musicians and bands to consider for performances at corporate events, fundraising galas, or university events. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.
All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any artist or celebrity on this site. AAE Music is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.
If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.