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Oct 21, 2021 - Oct 21, 2021


Time Thu Oct 21 2021 at 08:30 pm

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TAUK, 21 October | Event in Birmingham | TAUK

New York-bred TAUK has been laying down an all-instrumental blend of progressive
rock, hip-hop and jazz on stages across the U.S. for the last several years, and
recently released several iterations of “Real TAUK”, to document some of the
great moments from each tour. Though fans have clamored for each “Real TAUK”
release (now up to Volume 3) they’ve also reveled in the deep sonic explorations
from the band’s studio forays.
Their most recent studio album Shapeshifter II: Outbreak, offered an unsettling
but ultimately exhilarating look at artificial intelligence and its potential to
upend our world. With its dynamic sense of tension and cinematic mastery of
mood, it proved to be an album that’s both powerfully hypnotic and intensely
“We’re all very much interested in A.I., and this idea of machines getting out
of the hands of the people trying to control them,” notes TAUK guitarist Matt
Jalbert, whose bandmates include bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist Alric “A.C.”
Carter, and drummer Isaac Teel. “This album felt like a good setting to tell
that kind of story, but in a way where we could have fun with it and let the
listener escape into a whole other world.”
Equally inspired by classic sci-fi like Blade Runner and more recent films like
Ex Machina, Shapeshifter II: Outbreak embeds that narrative into TAUK’s most
sonically adventurous, emotionally expansive work to date. A continuation of
their early-2018 EP Shapeshifter I: Construct, the new album picks up its
predecessor’s narrative thread with “Prelude”: a fantastically unsettling intro
track whose frenetic keyboard work and chilling vocal samples set the tone for
what’s to come. “The idea is that in the EP you’re seeing the construction of
this being, and in the album you’re seeing it break out and become something
that you can’t ignore anymore,” Carter explains.
Free-flowing yet elaborately composed, Shapeshifter II: Outbreak came to life in
collaboration with TAUK’s longtime cohort Robert Carranza—a Grammy Award-winning
producer/mixer/engineer also known for his work The Mars Volta, Ozomatli,
Marilyn Manson, and Taj Mahal. In a departure from their previous releases
(including 2016’s Sir Nebula), the band shunned the typical studio environment
and holed up for weeks in a long-abandoned, century-old home that Teel describes
as “the Jumanji house meets Addams Family meets Amityville Horror.” Located in
their homeland of Long Island, the house turned out to be theideal spot for
their makeshift studio, allowing for a creativity-enhancing seclusion.
Inspired by their work on Shapeshifter II: Outbreak TAUK has taken to broadening
their live sonic palette to include a vast spectrum of synth sounds and
programmed effects (such as those exquisitely eerie vocal samples heard in
“Prelude”)Esteemed musicians who contributed to the album such as The Naughty
Horns and Ghost-Note’s Nate Werth (a percussionist who’s also played with David
Crosby, Q-Tip, and Snarky Puppy) have also joined the band onstage.
Each Real TAUK release showcases the potent chemistry they discovered in
childhood, when longtime friends Dolan, Jalbert, and Carter formed their first
band in seventh grade. After playing together in various projects, the trio
brought Teel into the fold in 2012, cementing the final lineup. Since then, TAUK
have shared stages with acts like Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, and
Lettuce, appeared at festivals like Electric Forest and Bonnaroo, and earned
acclaim from major outlets like the Washington Post (who praised TAUK for
“creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion that—thanks to a penchant for
improv—offers limitless possibilities”). As Teel points out, the band’s
incessant touring over the years has significantly strengthened their musical
connection. “The four of us as individuals are all very animated souls in our
own right,” he says. “We each have our ideas and our perspectives, and when it
all comes together, it creates this collective statement that takes on a life of
its own.”

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