Prior to formation, the four founding members of Taxiride—Singh, Wild, Hall, and Tim Watson—had been playing in cover bands around Melbourne. The quartet recorded an EP, which a taxi-driving friend of theirs helped promote. They took their name from the experience had by passengers hearing their music on a taxi ride. After their music was heard by an executive from record label Warner, the band signed a contract and released their debut album, Imaginate, in 1999. This was followed by 2002's Garage Mahal. Both albums were certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 2005's Axiomatic did not follow in the success of its predecessors.
Taxiride's musical style has changed significantly over the course of their career—what began as a pop/pub rock band on their first two albums moved to a much more heavy sound on later works. Throughout their history, the band has had multiple lead singers and songwriters on the majority of their songs.