Taxi's gritty, classic punk won't single-handedly wake a sleeping nation, but its debut long-player, Like A Dog, does make a strong case that the Roman kids are alright. Chugging, wall-of-guitar salvos such as "Show Me Your Gun," "My Finger," and the ontologically impossible "I'm Dead" embody a band that isn't emerging from the gutter but trying to drag the rest us down there with it. Sonic touchstones include the sleazier first-wave punk bands, like the Vibrators, Eater, Crime and the Ramones. Such a straightforward late-'70s aesthetic could cut either way -- in the wrong hands, it turns into bad burlesque -- but Taxi's raw catchiness provides real thrills amid all the historical re-creation. Heralded Chicago raunch-punks Vee Dee and local synth-cretins Syntax Error round out a bill straight outta 1978. Hell, the show is even at a club called CBGB! Wear a black leather jacket and striped T-shirt for a full-on period buzz.
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