TAUK

TAUK

Flux Capacitor

Fri · June 22, 2018

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 12:30 am)

$15 in advance - $20 day of show

Tickets at the Door

TAUK is a New York-bred rock-fusion four-piece, blending funk, hip-hop, progressive rock and jazz. They have shared stages with the likes of Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, Lettuce and Robert Randolph, in addition to appearing at festivals like Electric Forest, Bonnaroo and The Allman Brothers’ Peach Music Festival. TAUK is focused on instilling their live show with the same kinetic energy and boundless passion that powered the making of their newest EP, Shapeshifter I: Construct.

Flux Capacitor plays a new and wildly addicting sound resonating with elements of rock, improvisation and electronica. They redefine musicality with positive prophetic vocals, complex guitar work, innovative keys/synths/bass stylings, with feverish syncopated drum rhythms. Flux Capacitor concerts are filled with improvisation, musical segues, spontaneous covers, and teases creating a unique, one of a kind experience at every performance.

Tauk
Tauk
On their upcoming EP Shapeshifter I: Construct, 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 Alric “A.C.” Carter, and drummer Isaac Teel) push into new sonic terrain and build entire worlds within each richly textured soundscape.

From the complex twisting of “For Laughing Out Loud” and soaring riffs of “Malware” to the urgent rhythms of “Stranger Danger” and sprawling melodies of “Premises,” Shapeshifter I: Construct finds TAUK introducing a rhythmically adventurous element to their craft. And while the compositions are meticulously focused, 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 Shapeshifter I: Construct—the first chapter in a follow-up to their 2016 album Sir Nebula—TAUK employ a guided approach to steer their music into bold new directions. The band has sharpened their songwriting to craft more intricately layered arrangements and powerfully intense grooves. As with their past releases, TAUK created Shapeshifter I 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 new EP and upcoming full length album in one concentrated period in one location rather than moving between studios. The group brought their gear into an old house, creating a unique recording situation with a special atmosphere. Holing up in the makeshift studio, 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 this an incredibly fun and smooth experience.”

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 on stage 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 Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, Lettuce, and Robert Randolph) 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 over 100 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.”

Preparing to hit the road again for a spring tour (with upcoming dates including a two-night stint at the Brooklyn Bowl and spots on the Boston Calling Music Festival and Sweetwater 420 Fest and EP Release shows in Ft Collins and Denver on 4/6 and 4/7), TAUK is focused on instilling their live show with the same kinetic energy and boundless passion that powered the making of Shapeshifter I. “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.”
Flux Capacitor
Flux Capacitor
Emerging from the Pennsylvania music scene, from the outskirts of the City of Brotherly Love, is the phenom band known as Flux Capacitor. Their fiery, distinct sound has catapulted the group with lightning speed into the National Music Scene.

This band of brothers consistently inspire and evoke a new and wildly addicting sound resonating with elements of rock, improvisation and electronica. They redefine musicality with positive prophetic vocals, complex guitar work, innovative keys/synths/bass stylings, with feverish syncopated drum rhythms. Flux Capacitor concerts are filled with improvisation, musical segues, spontaneous covers, and teases creating a unique, one of a kind experience at every performance. The essence of the brothers' music is fueled by their dedicated practice of meditation and lucid dreaming which keeps them fueled by a higher power. Their electric vibe transcends the stage and extends into the crowd creating a magical musical ambience.

Flux Capacitor have grown tremendously since the band's inception in 2007. From a handful of shows to playing hundreds of shows, and fine-tuning their craft culminating in their first full length release 2009's "They Know We Know" and subsequent tour from PA to Chicago, Il playing 15 shows made possible through their fast growing buzz and fan-base through the internet and roots promotion. This first tour resulted in strong internet sales on iTunes and CdBaby helping to broaden their fanbase. In 2011 the brothers were invited to Seattle to work with Jack Endino for their second release "Monolith." Following that release the band spent all of 2011 and 2012 touring with 11 dates throughout the UK and Canada and over 45 shows outside their home region. Flux Capacitor won Jam Band of the Year at the highly esteemed 2013 TriState Indie awards in Philadelphia, PA and has been nominated once again for this distinction in 2014. Flux has recently released their third album "Cycle 9" showcasing the band's most ambitious and epic material to date. "Cycle 9" was recorded with John Becker of Anomoulous Audio. All three Flux Capacitor Cd's are available on iTunes, CDbaby and Bandcamp.com as well as many record stores around the east coast. Flux is a dedicated family group that believes in music, joy and consciousness. Under these guiding principles Flux Capacitor has seen nothing but growth giving killer performances and creating ecstatic dance floors at every show.

Flux Has Shared The Stage With Umphrey`s McGee, Railroad Earth, Keller Williams, Rusted Root, The New Mastersounds, Tea Leaf Green, Karl Denson`s Tiny Universe, Ozomatli, Conspirator, Stanton Moore, JGB with Melvin Seals, Particle, David Grisman Quartet, Ivan Neville`s Dumpstaphunk, Kung Fu, Papadosio, the Movement, Splintered Sunlight, Dangermuffin, Lukas Nelson and many, many more!.

Interview excerpts from POP VULTURE magazine with Pete Specht:

"I was always singing since I was kid, walking around endlessly singing and making up songs. As I got older I got more serious and could never shake the call and the vision to be playing in a band. I had really crazy "night terrors" as a kid and I saw lots of really strange or far out stuff that really freaked me out at first. I began writing all my dreams down when I was around 13 years old and now I see them more akin to astral travel and I bring everything I see in those experiences contributes to the songs' mood and lyrics. These experiences have married me to music and my brothers, Jason (Drummer) and Mike (Keys). They have been witnesses to this creative process and have been the rhythmic core and co-creators of the music since day one."

"The most important lifelong influences on me have been Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. I love hundreds of artists greatly but these two had a huge trans-formative effect on my growth as a performer. My eyes get wet every time I see a video of them performing and it never gets old or ceases to inspire me. As a group as a whole we were definitely inspired and influenced by Tool, Phish, Radiohead, Floyd as well as many others."

"Some of my proudest accomplishments are Winning the Tri-State Indie Music awards for Jam Band of the Year 2013 in Philadelphia, there were many amazing and talented musicians nominated and it felt good to receive the recognition. Working with Grammy award winning producers Jack Endino (Nirvana) in Seattle and David Ivory (The roots) (Phila.) were exceptionally great experiences. Touring England was a huge event for us, we played 11 shows in the U.K. and we made a ton of new fans overseas. We felt so much energy from the experience playing our music on an international level. Playing the House of Blues in Atlantic City for the first time was a high point for us. As well getting to play and headline many festivals on the east coast while watching our fan base grow."
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
https://www.hawksandreed.com/