I’ve recently had the pleasure of listening to TAUK’s new double live album “HEADROOM”. You can find it September 3rd on as an exclusive 24-hour pre-release on 1320 records. As its namesake evokes, “HEADROOM” is a visceral and introspective album. Teeming with emotion and all expressed without the use of lyrics I found myself really “feeling” this album.
I recently caught TAUK for the first time this past summer while in support of Umphreys McGee at the one and only Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. After that performance and hearing this double album I am deeply impressed by their music. For example “The Chemist” walks a fine line between the hard rock and space jam genres.
I found a lot of fusion elements in this album. TAUK seems to be able to blend seemingly disparate elements into a mesh of sounds. I really enjoy this kind of art. There’s an element of vulnerability in creating sounds that evoke complex sentiments like in “Collateral”. This song has a heavy prog vibe and a deep jam that follows. There’s pain and hurt but also redemption and understanding as the melody crashes into and out of the jam.
Back a few tracks is “Districts” , which has a very different feel from “Collateral”. Songs like this not only highlight TAUK’s diversity but also their technical abilities. Each member has the chops to paint with sounds. Again it’s just a feeling that I get. It only comes from really good music.
I highly recommend you check out TAUK’s new album and catch them in a city near you on their upcoming fall tour. If you like fresh, progressive music you won’t be disappointed.
Check them some upcoming tour dates:
TAUK Tour Dates
09-03 Providence, RI - The Spot Underground
09-05 Norridgewock, ME - Great North Music & Arts Festival
09-08 Syracuse, NY - Funk-N-Waffles
09-09 Rochester, NY - Montage Music Festival
09-10 Saratoga Springs, NY - Putnam Den
09-11 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
09-12 Peekskill, NY - Paramount Hudson Valley
09-19 Bristol, TN - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
09-22 Blacksburg, VA - The Sycamore Deli
09-24 Ferguson, NC - MANTRABASH
09-25 Thornville, OH - Resonance Arts & Music Festival
10-01 Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street
10-02 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
10-03 Darlington, MD - Luna Light Music Festival
10-06 Lansing, MI - The Loft
10-07 Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache
10-08 Chicago, IL - 1st Ward @ Chop Shop
10-09 Milwaukee, WI - Miramar Theater
10-16 Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
10-17 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
10-22 Rockdale, TX - Art Outside