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Favorite ThisTAUK premieres 'Time's Up' from Sir Nebula

Published: September 8, 2016

By: Anand Harsh

Pegged as one of the bands to blow up in 2016, TAUK hasn't disappointed, finding its way onto major festival stages and big support slots from the jump. On the cusp of releasing its third studio album, Sir Nebula, the follow-up to last year's double live album, HEADROOM, Matt Jalbert, A.C. Carter, Charlie Dolan, and Isaac Teel are already staring down the barrel of a full fall schedule.

Amidst a rigorous tour schedule, the guys put in tireless hours in their Oyster Bay, NY studio space and at LA’s Solar Powered Plastic Plant, knocking out track after track, trying to keep things fresh. The result is a tightly-woven album that sees the four-piece at its best. In the pocket, the tightness of band doesn't result in stiffness. Quite the opposite. The months on the road have given the band's sound that is structured, but feels very open. Space is an important element of Sir Nebula.

TAUKToday we have the great thrill of premiering "Time's Up," a microcosm of the album, as a whole. Dark and brooding, as the band's aesthetic has always been, there's a propulsion of drums and bass that cuts through the record. Spatial awareness is a light that shines through the darkness, illuminating each subsequent progression and musical theme. This is a band that has spent a lot of time together. Nothing is forced, and you never get the sense that they went with the second best idea on any of these cuts.

For those looking for a touchstone, the quartet is somewhere between the danceable energy of STS9 and the taut composition of Papadosio. The jazz, rock, and funk flavors are there, but on the new record, the band hones its own signature blend even further. Doubtless, there must be somewhere nearby fans can catch the outfit this fall, as the road stretches out long before them.

9/2-4/16 - North Coast Music Festival - Chicago, IL
9/4/16 - Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL TAUKing McGee supporting Vulfpeck
9/2-4/16 - Backwoods Festival @ Tatanka Ranch - Stroud, OK
9/8-9/16 - Shangri-La Music Festival - Clarks Grove, MN
9/16/16 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY w/ Lespecial, Gowanus
9/17/16 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY w/ Hayley Jane & The Primates, Upright Man
9/22-24/16 - Resonance Music & Arts Festival - Thornville, OH
9/23-25/16 - Catskill Chill Music Festival - Lakewood, PA
10/5/16 - Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA w/Aqueous
10/6/16 - Deluxe at Old National Centre - Indianapolis, IN w/ Earphorik
10/7/16 - The Stache - Grand Rapids, MI w/ Earphorik, Everyday Junior
10/8/16 - The Miramar Theatre - Milwaukee, WI w/ Earphorik
10/9/16 - 2720 Cherokee - St. Louis, MO w/ The Heard
10/12/16 - Blue Moose Tap House - Iowa City, IA w/ EGi
10/13/16 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE w/ Linear Symmetry
10/14/16 - Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, CO w/ The Runnikine, Moves at Midnight
10/15/16 - The Fillmore - Denver, CO supporting Lettuce
10/18/16 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT
10/20/16 - Hangtown Music Festival - Placerville, CA
10/21/16 - Hangtown Music Festival - Placerville, CA
10/22/16 - Arcata Theatre Lounge - Arcata, CA w/ Helekinetic
10/26/16 - HiFi Music Hall - Eugene, OR w/ Yak Attack
10/27/16 - Volcanic Theatre Pub - Bend, OR w/ Yak Attack
10/28/16 - Star Theater - Portland, OR w/Aniana
10/29/16 - Nectar Lounge - Seattle, WA
10/30/16 - Wild Buffalo - Bellingham, WA w/ Snug Harbor
11/2/16 - Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA w/ 7 Come 11
11/3/16 - Velvet Jones - Santa Barbara, CA w/ Afishnsea
11/4/16 - The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
11/5/16 - The Loft at UCSD - San Diego, CA w/ Bomb Squad
11/6/16 - Last Exit Live - Phoenix, AZ w/ Jay Allen and the Uncommon Good
11/9/16 - Three Links - Dallas, TX w/ MONTU
11/10/16 - The Parish - Austin, TX w/ Mamafesta
11/11/16 - Last Concert Cafe - Houston, TX w/ Naughty Professor
11/12/16 - The Howlin’ Wolf - New Orleans, LA w/ Naughty Professor
11/13/16 - Duling Hall - Jackson, MS w/ The Jag
11/15/16 - Mavericks - Jacksonville, FL supporting Thievery Corporation
11/16/16 - The Social - Orlando, FL w/ The Groove Orient
11/17/16 - Crowbar - Tampa, FL w/ Serotonic
11/18/16 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA w/ Voodoo Visionary
11/19/16 - New Mountain Theatre - Asheville, NC w/ Dynamo
11/30/16 - Charleston Pour House - Charleston, SC
12/1/16 - The Broadberry - Richmond, VA w/ Deaf Scene
12/2/16 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD w/ Consider the Source
12/3/16 - Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA w/ Consider the Source
12/7/16 - The Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY w/ Consider the Source & The New Daze
12/8/16 - Putnam Den - Saratoga Springs, NY w/ Formula 5
12/9/16 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT w/ Formula 5
12/10/16 - The Outer Space (Ballroom) - Hamden, CT w/ Formula 5 & Teddy Midnight
12/30/16 - State Theatre - Portland, ME supporting Lettuce
12/31/16 - House of Blues - Boston, MA supporting Lettuce

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