Video clips for TAUK’s songs—like their killer cover of The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”—find the cameras lingering on the guys’ instruments longer than their faces.
That’s because TAUK are about music, not ego. The New York band has no designated singer; they literally let the music do the TAUK…er , talking. No one player is more important than any other; the sounds sculpted by each man become part of a more significant sum total.
Matt Jalbert (guitar), Charlie Dolan (bass), Alric “AC” Carter (keys / organ), and Issac Teel (drums) prefer to keep it that way.
Since its mid-2000s formation the Oyster Bay quartet has opened for jam bands like OAR and Robert Randolph & The Family Band and presided at such outdoor gatherings as Bonnaroo, LOCKN’, Great South Bay, Art Outside, Mantrabash, and Floyd Fest. TAUK have lit up Sirius XM’s “Jam On” and drawn critical acclaim from The Washington Post, Relix, Village Voice, and Jam Base with colorful creations like “Dead Signal,” “Sweet Revenge,” and “In the Basement of the Alamo.” Last year the DIY-minded ensemble supported The Allman Brothers. Gov’t Mule, and The Black Crows at Peach Fest and independently issued its sophomore album, Homunculus.
Now they’re paired with Papadosio, and are currently touring behind their third opus, Collisions. The disc—again produced in conjunction with Grammy-winner Robert Carranza (Mars Volta, Jack Johnson)—features warped new winners in “Mindshift,” “Sweet Revenge,” and “Friction.”
Preview “Friction” from TAUK’s new album Collisions here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UU-OQYppCX0E-RqIHqnr-_Ww&v=7u9HuThz1VE&feature=player_detailpage
We warned you in 2013 to check out Jalbert and company while they were still playing intimate venues (like Mahall’s 20 Lanes) that cater to their experimental sound. Now TAUK are overtaking midsize venues and setting their sights on ritzy clubs and concert halls. Now’s your chance to experience what “STAUKers” already know: These guys are the Picassos, Dalis, and Rembrandts of ambient space-rock.
And they’ll open for Athens, Ohio natives Papadosio at House of Blues Cleveland this Friday, November 28.
You don’t have to be a Deadhead to dig TAUK’s wordless waxing. Devotees of virtuosic jazz-rock by Mahavishnu Orchestra, Santana, and Jaco Pastorius will appreciate TAUK’s mischievous melodies, rumbling rhythms, and overriding sense of adventure. It’s an organic bouillabaisse, to be sure—but electronica enthusiasts (AM & Shawn Lee, Daft Punk, Diplo) can ease into the group’s prodigious percussion and punctuation just as well.
You enjoy Phish, Umphree’s McGee, STS9, moe. or Widespread Panic? Chances are you’ll take to TAUK, too. You like Lettuce? TAUK are your tomato.
So come to HOB prepared to trip at the brain as your system purges itself of tryptophan.
Watch TAUK perform The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy):” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifn4mUae95A&feature=player_embedded
For more information:
Papadosio / TAUK. Friday, November 28, 2014 at House of Blues Cleveland (308 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44114). Advance tickets only $25.00 (all-ages, general admission). Doors at 8:00pm, show at 9:00pm.
Advance tickets still available: http://tinyurl.com/kpbnh5y