Hailing from the small, industrial river city that is Peoria, IL. Taxi War Dance offers up emotionally charged music with attention grabbing vocals, blistering guitars, and a muscular rhythm presence. Members Jeff Talbert(vocals), Bela McKnight (guitars/vocals), Fish (bass/vocals) and Brad "Skinny" Kurland (drums) create enough headbanging anger to shock even the most cynical nihilist while maintaining melodic-potent rhythms.
The name Taxi War Dance originates from the 1939 song "Taxi War-Dance" by legendary jazz composer Count Basie. Born 1991, Taxi War Dance debuted as a cover band and over the years evolved with a few member changes. Bela and Fish are part of the original core with Jeff joining in 1994. Concentrating on playing originals exclusively, Taxi War Dance's self-titled debut EP was released the same year selling over 1000 copies. 1996 saw "Theory", their second release, sell close to 2000 copies with rave reviews and reaching ..7 on Co-oP Records' Top Ten selling CD's in Central IL. In 1997 Taxi War Dance contributed to a local compilation CD, "Localmotive Vol. 1" with their song "Pretending", helping it sell more than 1300 copies. In 1999 "Happily Angry" was released selling over 2500 copies, again with rave reviews, and reaching ..5 on Co-oP Records' Top Ten selling CD's in Central IL. Taxi War Dance's forth-coming CD "In My Mind", released 06-01-02, selling over 1500 copies. This CD is also enhanced with a video for "Her Picture " featuring live footage from the 2001 K-Rock Music Festival in Omaha, NE. Constant touring has created a very loyal fan base. Intense live shows and audience interaction is Taxi War Dance's bread and butter. Combined, Taxi War Dance has sold over 8000 copies to date of their independent releases. Taxi War Dance has shared the stage with Mudvayne, Sevendust, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Hed PE, Testament, HateBreed, Dope, Full Devil Jacket, Slaughter, Tesla, Great White, etc...... but it all started opening for Head East in Chillicothe, IL back in 1993!