Collisions 2014


Homunculus 2013

Pull Factors

Pull Factors 2013


TAUK is Heavy Instrumental Rock Fusion created by Matt Jalbert (guitar), Charlie Dolan (bass), Alric “A.C.” Carter (keyboard-organ), and Isaac Teel (drums). The transcendent instrumental band seamlessly brings together genres as diverse as melodic rock, fusion, gritty funk, progressive rock, ambient, classic rock, hip hop and jazz.

The Oyster Bay, New York-based quartet has received accolades from a number of tastemaking authorities, including an “On The Verge” feature in Relix Magazine and frequent rotation for the singles “Mindshift”, “Dead Signal” and “In the Basement of the Alamo” on Sirius XM Jam On. Despite their years of experience as a musical unit, the quartet is a young promising band that Jambase calls “a guaranteed quickly- ascend band.” The Washington Post describes the band by saying: “TAUK’s instrumental music melds genres and styles, creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion that – thanks to a penchant for improv – offers limitless possibilities” And The Deli Magazine singles out the band’s compelling melodic sense through explaining: “the quartet has a rare ability to channel emotional melodic leads, and all without a lead singer.”

The band’s latest album, Collisions, is a breakthrough in that it finally captures the essence of TAUK’s entrancing live shows. It’s a thoughtfully composed album with captivating hum-along melodies, but this time the band was able to road test the songs, allowing the recorded versions to reflect the group’s adventurous improvisations. The 10-song album spans delicate ethereal textures, highly imaginatively funky drumming, labyrinthine arrangements, and fiery solos—often in the same song.

“We called it ‘Collisions’ because it calls to mind how, when things come together, it is often explosive and leads to something completely different,” bassist Charlie Dolan explains. Alric “A.C.” Carter, keyboard-organ, adds: “It also evokes how we are very different as people, but within the band, we find a way to work together and compliment each other’s musical ideas as an egoless unit.”

On Collisions the band worked with longtime collaborator Grammy-winning producer Robert Carranza (Mars Volta, Jack Johnson). Carranza helped the band find the optimum mix of song structure, breathing jam sections, and warm & clear fidelity. Also enhancing the experience of Collisions is the album’s stunning puzzle- like cover art done by Jeff Jordan, graphic artist who previously worked with Mars Volta, among others. The album’s deconstructed and post-modern abstractness perfectly reflect the sonic character of the music. Alric “AC” Carter explains: “In the artwork it’s clear to see there are many parts that build the entire picture. It’s like a band with some parts play supporting roles and other sections being more visible. However, the most important aspect is the bigger picture.”

TAUK has built a dedicated and loyal fanbase through tireless touring. Festival highlights include Bonnaroo, The Hangout Music Festival, Summer Camp, LOCKN’, Hudson Project, FloydFest, Bear Creek, Art Outside and The Allman Brothers’ Peach Fest. TAUK’s broadly appealing musicality has allowed the band to be direct support to such diverse artists as The Funky Meters, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Papadosio, Lettuce, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, moe., Dopapod, Tim Reynolds & TR3, Toubab Krewe, The Revivalists and many more.

It’s been an astounding journey for the musicians, in terms of four very different personalities conceptually colliding until they merge through inventing a collective musical lexicon.


BEST JAMBAND NEW YORK 2014 – Village Voice

“TAUK is a dirty, funky foursome whose just-released album Collisions is like a long-form math equation we don’t quite understand all the time — but when we do, it makes us feel smarter for having figured it out.”
Village Voice

“TAUK’s instrumental music melds genres and styles, creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion that -thanks to a penchant for improv – offers limitless possibilities”
The Washington Post

“TAUK is an incredibly impressive ensemble of talent. The four-piece band carries an incredible groove that meshes jazz and funk with a fresh pop sound.”
Relix Magazine

“My favorite thing about TAUK is their true versatility. They don‟t submit to any subgenre or accept the moniker “jam band”. Instead, they play a variety of different styles, seamlessly fusing rock, jazz, prog, metal, all while keeping an adventurous improvisational spirit.”
The Grateful Web

“A young and guaranteed to quickly-ascend band, TAUK, delivers an instrumental demonstration, often reminiscent of Phish and Lotus”

“Often compared to established jam bands like Phish and Lotus – but with a feel all their own for deep groove – the quartet has a rare ability to channel emotional melodic leads, and all without a lead singer.”
The Deli Magazine

“A powerhouse instrumental quartet [who…] regardless of the absence of  had the crowd getting down and singing along with the melodic music.”
Boulder Weekly

“What’s noticeable with these guys is they don’t simply play their parts and go through the motions; they treat every line as if it matters, and it shows”
Elmore Magazine

“TAUK is a band on the rise”
Glide Magazine, Hidden Track

“It makes sense that producer Robert Carranza, who‟s worked with the Mars Volta, also worked on, Homunculus.‟ You can hear similarities between the two groups‟ experimental prog stylings, and that‟s in addition to the Phish and Lotus comparisons TAUK already receives.”

“The NYC quartet bridges classic jam rock, fusion, and the modern indie-rock of bands like Explosions in the Sky with funk, jazz, and guitar-rock-laden instrumentals that leave little down time for ceiling gazing with arrangements that ring with purpose and direction.”
The Charlotte Observer

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