As I walk to the Midnight Cave studio in Bhangaghar, Guwahati, I am greeted with a squad of young boys shuffling equipment around. With guitars cases in-hand and laughter on their faces, I know that I have arrived at The Midnight Taxi.
This Assam-based punk and pop-punk band which consists of six members had its inception during the pandemic itself and has belted out a total of four songs till now.
The band sports six members with Priam Roy on the vocals, Andrew K Zothanliana (Marco) and Martin K Zothansanga on vocals and guitars, followed by Rajdeep Bora on Bass, Nikesh Basumatary on Drums, and Raj Nasim on vocals.
Ladened with the baseline knowledge of punk being just Avril Lavigne and My Chemical Romance I started the tete-a-tete with The Midnight Taxi with the expectations of opening my mind to newer arenas of the punk genre. I was not disappointed.
Though a newbie band, the members are well versed in the field of music, with a few already playing in a band or two in their past and others with institutionalised training in singing. Additionally, apart from the core three members of the band, the rest had no interaction with the punk genre as a whole. However, the “extreme love” for punk of the core members “forced” the other three to comply.
The bands’ unity was evident when I asked a question about stating some fun facts about the taxi. “I love it when Priam’s voice cracks like a broken flute while trying high notes,” said the youngest core member Martin about his bandleader. While the brother Marco recounted the fact that he had “stalked” Priam for over seven years on social media before actually reaching out to him. And that’s not all as some recounted an impromptu show at Royal Global University’s annual celebration Concensio.
The aim of The Midnight Taxi is simple, “Bring in the punk scene back.” The genre according to the artistes is facing an evident decline in singers and listeners as well. “We want to make our band a leading figure in reviving the punk scene in Assam,” said Priam.
The band is working to release their debut album entitled Yume which translates to Dreams in Japanese. “You are sure to find some elements of asian pop-punk or punk in this album,” said Marco. The band just released a song from their new album on Tuesday entitled The Grape Song. Make sure to listen The Midnight Taxi’s “break-up anthem.”