Making The Video: On Set With AM Taxi

AM Taxi “Fed Up”
Music Video Shoot – Chicago, IL
March 31, 2010

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Chicago’s local music scene has been pretty quiet over the winter months, working silently on new material to premier once the sun comes out to play. On the warmest (high of 81 degrees!) and most pleasant days in March (of course, it was the last day of the month), Chicago-based AM Taxi sent a wave of pop/rock throughout Chicago’s Pilsen district at the filming of their newest music video. Over the next few days, we’ll take you behind-the-scenes of AM Taxi’s latest music video for their new single “Fed Up” via production still shots, band interviews, and more!

More on the Chicago punk rockers AM Taxi after the jump…

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Previously known as American Taxi, the band recently signed to Virgin Records under a new name: AM Taxi. The group’s ironically titled album We Don’t Stand A Chance will be released on June 8, 2010. AM Taxi’s major label debut songs are still being worked on, with the band playing the new tunes locally at various spots around the city including the Metro and House of Blues. AM Taxi previously shot an indie-esque music video for the record’s first single “The Mistake” at the Double Door, where the band has played plenty of times in the past. Having performed at plenty of venues in their hometown, the AM Taxi guys cite the Beat Kitchen as one of their (many) favorite venues. While waiting for the shoot to begin, a few of the guys mentioned that the upcoming album is more of a “best of” type of record. This being because producer Mike McCarthy wanted the punk rockers to keep the sound they had worked on with their previous EPs.

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The music video was shot at a pretty sweet (and creepy) abandoned, run-down convent found near 18th Street in the Pilsen neighborhood. A lucky bunch of Chicago friends, fans, and extras got the awesome opportunity to party on the set of the band’s second single “Fed Up.” The Dead Hub was invited to poke around the set, getting a unique chance to photograph and get to know the up-and-coming pop/punk/rock band.

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The three-story brick convent towered over the rehabbed apartment buildings on the same block. Exposed wood peeked out behind weathered and worn wall paper. Old trinkets and cracked statues left behind were strewn about haphazardly in the main foyer where the actual shoot took place. After yakking with a few members of AM Taxi, I quickly realized they were all up for the idea of shooting locally in Chicago versus the typical film mecca that is Los Angeles. The AM Taxi guys have all grown up in and around Chicago. While maybe not embracing the snow (who does?), the band still finds plenty of reasons to love the major Midwestern city.

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Be sure to check back with The Dead Hub over the next few days for more photos, interviews, and maybe a free single or two off the band’s forthcoming album We Don’t Stand A Chance. AM Taxi will be on tour over the next few months, coming back home to Chicago on May 22nd, 2010 to play at the Metro opening for The Spill Canvas. After that, the guys are jetting off to rock out on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour!

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www.amtaximusic.com
www.myspace.com/amtaxi

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Adam Krier (vocals and guitar)

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Chris Smith (drums and backups)

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John Schmitt (guitar and backups)

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Jason Schultejan (bass)

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Luke Schmitt (keyboards and backups)

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Written by: Blake Russell
Photographed by: Jennifer Boyer

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