Vectortone Presents



Wed · April 12, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 18 and over

On their third studio album Sir Nebula, TAUK tap into their singular chemistry to

elevate and expand their all-instrumental blend of funk, hip-hop, progressive

rock, and jazz. Revealing both their refined musicality and unbridled creativity,

the Oyster Bay, New York-bred rock-fusion four-piece (guitarist Matt Jalbert,

bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist/organist Alric “A.C.” Carter, and drummer

Isaac Teel) push into new sonic terrain and build entire worlds within each richly

textured soundscape.

From the hazy atmospherics of “Time’s Up” and soaring riffs of “Program Select”

to the urgent rhythms of “Shenanigans” and sprawling melodies of “Where You

Are,” Sir Nebula finds TAUK introducing a cosmically inspired element to their

music. “The album ended up taking on a more ambient kind of vibe than anything

we’ve done before—there’s a spaciness in the songs that lets you get lost in the

sound,” says Dolan. And while the album is endlessly hypnotic, TAUK also

deliver the dynamic tension-and- release jams that have helped earn them a

devoted following while drawing critical acclaim (the Washington Post, for one,

praised TAUK for “creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion that—thanks to

a penchant for improv—offers limitless possibilities”).

Throughout Sir Nebula—the follow-up to their 2015 live double album

HEADROOM—TAUK allow a more free-form, instinct-guided approach to steer

their music into bold new directions. “With this record, we felt more comfortable in

the studio and got to a new level where we were able to constantly feed off each

other, so there was a lot of spur-of- the-moment improvisation that really helped

shape the album,” says Jalbert. Adds Carter: “We made a point of trying to

express ourselves freely and take risks even when that felt challenging and

scary, instead of holding ourselves back and possibly taking something away

from the songs.” At the same time, TAUK sharpened their songwriting to craft

more intricately layered arrangements and powerfully intense grooves.

As with their past four releases, TAUK created Sir Nebula in collaboration with

Grammy Award-winning producer/mixer/engineer Robert Carranza (The Mars

Volta, Ozomatli, Jack Johnson, Taj Mahal). But in a departure from their previous

work, the band made the album in one concentrated period rather than spacing

the recording sessions out in between tours. Holing up at the Solar Powered

Plastic Plant in Los Angeles, often pulling 12-hour workdays, TAUK ultimately

found the revamped recording process hugely beneficial. “Everything just

happened so naturally this time around,” says Jalbert. “I can’t think of one

moment where it felt like anything was forced. We were all just completely

focused and in the same mindset, which made it this incredibly fun and smooth


TAUK’s creative connection traces back to childhood, when longtime friends

Dolan, Jalbert, and Carter formed their first band in seventh grade and held

practice in their school basement. After playing together in various projects over

the years, the trio brought Teel into the fold in 2012, cementing the final lineup.

“We gelled pretty quickly as friends and as musicians, and now there’s a

connection onstage that’s unspoken,” notes Teel. “You just feel it from the energy

within the band and from the response coming from the crowd—all these people

in the same exact headspace.”

Since their formation, TAUK have shared stages with an impressive list of bands

(including Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, and Tim Reynolds &

TR3), in addition to appearing at festivals like Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and The

Allman Brothers’ Peach Music Festival. That rigorous touring schedule has gone

a long way in strengthening their chemistry, according to Carter. “We’re doing

140 shows a year and we pretty much live with each other, so there’s a healthy

respect and trust and love happening there,” he says. “We all have a common

goal and an understanding that this is something we’re compelled to do, and

that’s definitely brought us close together.” It’s also helped TAUK develop a

reputation as a masterful live act: “TAUK is unstoppable,” raved Live for Live

Music. “If you haven’t see them, dear God, go.”

Now on the road again (with upcoming dates including a two-night stint at the

Brooklyn Bowl and spots on the Hangtown Music Festival, North Coast Music

Festival, and Catskill Chill Music Festival), TAUK also have plans to widen their

output by composing scores for film and television. In the meantime, the band is

focused on instilling their live show with the same kinetic energy and boundless

passion that powered the making of Sir Nebula. “Growing up together as

musicians and collectively going on this journey—that’s what makes this

experience really special,” says Jalbert of TAUK’s continued evolution. “It’s like

everything we’ve learned over the years has been funneled into this band, and

now it’s taking shape in a really exciting way. We all love what we’re doing, and

the band just feels like home.”
Venue Information:
Cosmic Charlie's
723 National Ave
Lexington, KY, 40502