Thursday, July 17, 2014

TAUK set to release their second LP Collisions. Record Release Party in BK Saturday Night!!

One of my favorite records of 2013 was TAUK's Homunculus. After my boy Stevez gave it the full review treatment, they were even nice enough to sit for an #EDAS Interview. Welp, just in time for you to get your summer instrumental jam-prog fix, those melodic maestros are back again with their sophomore album, Collisions. These guys play so tight together that even a novice ear will notice the chemistry. Turns out you can't fake it as most of the band has been playing together since Middle School. Now they are mainstays on the festival circuit, sharing stages with #EDAS faves The Allman Brothers, Dr. Dog, The Black Crowes and Lotus.

I was super psyched when I got my advance copy and I can tell you, it's already been battle-tested this under the following conditions and it is perfect for: 
  • Long rides on the subway
  • Urban hiking (rain and shine!)
  • Killing a day's tedious work in an hour
  • Playing video games in the dark
  • Walking an angry Chihuahua
  • Epic exercise bike sessions
  • Writing this very blog post
I can't imagine many situations that wouldn't be improved by listening to this album. Matt Jalbert's mind blowing guitar playing toes the line between virtuoso and madman. Just about the only problem I had with their debut was NOT ENOUGH LASERS!!! I can assure you, on Collisions, AC on the keys has this problem fixed! The soundscapes remind me a little bit of the sounds my first computer made but the rhythm section of Charlie Dolan (bass) and Isaac Teel on drums will have you tapping your feet before you can hit Caps Lock. Here is the first single off the album, Friction.

If you live in the NYC Area, come out to their Record Release Show at The Knitting Factory (I heard advanced tix get you a copy of the album). If you don't live within the travel distance to my urban oasis, fear not, TAUK is always touring and likely coming to a city near you. Check out their current schedule of shows below. Pre-order the album before July 22nd, or just buy it normal if you are reading this from the future! Enjoy your lasers future guy! 

July 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory (CD RELEASE SHOW)
July 23 - Baltimore, MD @ The 8x10 w/ Freedom Enterprise (residency)
July 24 - Charlotte, NC @ White Water Center
July 25-26 - Floyd, VA @ Floyd Fest
July 30 - Baltimore, MD @ The 8x10 w/ Big Something & Soohan (residency)
July 31 - Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live w/ Big Something
Aug 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ XO Lounge w/ Big Something
Aug 2 - Washington, DC @ The Hamilton w/ Big Something
Aug 7 - Plains, PA @ River Street Jazz Café
Aug 8 - Bedford, PA @ Wills Mountain Festival
Aug 9 - Luray, VA @ Doah Fest
Aug 12 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry w/ DJ Williams Projekt
Aug 13 - Roanoke, VA @ Martin's
Aug 14 - Abingdon, VA @ Abingdon Music Experience
Aug 21 - Bartow, WV @ Camp Barefoot
Aug 22 - Southampton, NY @ Taps
Aug 29 - Ferguson, NC @ Mantrabash
Aug 30 - Charleston, SC @ The Pour House w/ ZOOGMA
Sept 6 - Hancock, NY @ Catskill Chill Music Festival
Sept 12 - Rock Camp, WV @ Pink Moon Festival
Oct 17 - Ozark, AR @ Harvest Festival
Oct 24 - Apache Pass, TX @ Art Outside
Nov 13-16 - Live Oak, FL @ Bear Creek Music Festival

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