Philadelphia Weekly has described Taggart as “harking back to underground rock’s golden age during the half-decade leading up to Nevermind”. This is high praise that the band members don’t take casually. Brothers Pete (guitar) and Steve (bass) Denton, Jim Becker (guitar) and Jim Ward (drums) have been playing together for over 20 years and have striven to remain true to that era’s underground DIY rock ethos. They have released six records, five of them self-released and all self-produced. Their second record, Parts of My Bicycle Are Made Of Chrome, was released on New Jersey’s FDR label in 2001 to rave reviews in national publications like The Big Takeover and online sources like All Music Guide.
Drawing upon their entire career’s worth of songs, Taggart never present the same live show twice. You’re just as likely to hear something from 1997’s 21 or a cover by the likes of the Replacements or the Who as songs from their latest release. In recent years they’ve opened for some of their biggest influences, including Portastatic and Tommy Stinson, and even acted as Grant Hart’s backing band on a few Husker Du songs.
In 2008 they released the 24-song Pink Pig Stink – 10 Years of Taggart Covers, Demos, and Z-sides: 1997-2007 to commemorate their first decade together. In 2011 they released another full-length, For What it’s Worse, and in 2013 the Snow Day holiday ep. They self-released their most recent album, L’maskin, in February 2018 causing the Unheard music blog to proclaim “I swear this Philly band could have existed among the top tier of the 80s American indie underground”. More high praise, indeed.
SOURCE: Official Bio