By: Chris Conte
TAUK is currently commandeering the jam band scene. This 4-piece instrumental dirty-funk powerhouse left crowds with jaws open all over the country this summer.
Tomorrow (September 16) they release Sir Nebula into the wild, and it's a tenacious force with which to be reckoned. It's an exhibition of intricate jams and heavy bass lines leading to winding paths of crescendos and rapture.
Charlie Dolan (bass) and Isaac Teel (drums) are like the Simon and Garfunkel of bass and drum duos. They go toe to toe, driving the band's colossal grooves forward with their powerful low end.
Matt Jalbert's guitars and Alric Carter's keys add a vital piece to the sound design. On Sir Nebula, each member’s role in the band is not over shadowed by another. The record is a cohesive adventure of undulating grooves for you to get down to. It's chilling music, it's partying music, it's heavy space funk.
Pay special attention to the undeniable intensity that rockets listeners through the first three power-packed tunes: opener "Horizon," dark and dirty "Informant," and "Time's Up," which we premiered last week. It sets the tone for the rest of the record, which delivers a ferociousness you'd hardly expect for a jam/jazz/funk/fusion act. But this ain't no ordinary band.
TAUK will be touring the rest of the fall and into the winter; they are unstoppable. At the moment, they have a compelling authority over the jam scene. Anyone who goes to see them live is awestruck at the sheer energy driving their shows. If you haven't seen them yet, do yourself a solid and get there.
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