2208 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN, 37203
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 18 and over
On their new album Shapeshifter II: Outbreak, New York- bred band TAUK offer an unsettling but ultimately exhilarating look at artificial intelligence and its potential to upend our world. With its dynamic sense of tension and cinematic mastery of mood, TAUK’s all-instrumental blend of progressive rock, hip-hop, and jazz proves to be the perfect backdrop for such explorations, giving way to an album that’s both powerfully hypnotic and intensely thought- provoking.
“We’re all very much interested in A.I., and this idea of machines getting out of the hands of the people trying to control them,” notes TAUK guitarist Matt Jalbert, whose bandmates include bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist Alric “A.C.” Carter, and drummer Isaac Teel. “This album felt like a good setting to tell that kind of story, but in a way where we could have fun with it and let the listener escape into a whole other world.”
Equally inspired by classic sci-fi like Blade Runner and more recent films like Ex Machina, Shapeshifter II: Outbreak embeds that narrative into TAUK’s most sonically adventurous, emotionally expansive work to date. A continuation of their early-2018 EP Shapeshifter I: Construct, the new album picks up its predecessor’s narrative thread with “Prelude”: a fantastically unsettling intro track whose frenetic keyboard work and chilling vocal samples set the tone for what’s to come. “The idea is that in the EP you’re seeing the construction of this being, and in the album you’re seeing it break out and become something that you can’t ignore anymore,” Carter explains.
From there, TAUK charge forward with the driving rhythms of “Recreational Outrage” (a track laced with the ominous throb of a robotic heartbeat), the futuristic soundscape and heady grooves of “CMF 9000,” the gauzy reverie and glorious chaos of “Checkmate,” and the bright melodies and soulful guitar sprawl of “Convoy.” One of the album’s most mesmerizing moments, “Let It Ride” builds a brilliant tapestry from its luminous keyboard tones, kinetic guitar work, and kaleidoscopic rhythms. And on “Upside Down,” TAUK close out Shapeshifter II: Outbreak with a thrillingly epic burst of unfettered experimentalism.
The Captain Midnight Band is the world' only "WATERBED ROCK & ROLL" group.
What is “Waterbed Rock & Roll”?
It’s kind of like Memphis Soul Stew with lasers, pointy guitars, inspired improvisation, and a wee bit of adult humor. Midnight's musical stylings combine Crunchy Rock Guitar Riffs, Thick R&B Grooves, and Soaring Vocal Harmonies (courtesy of the Cosmic Trollops) to create a unique, yet familiar landscape for suggestive, sci-fi imagery, and improvisational interplay.
Averaging 100 live dates a year for most of the last decade, the band took some time off the road to complete their 4th studio effort, Freak Of Nature, released in May 2018. Relentless touring is set to begin in Spring of 2019, taking the band to familiar and unknown places, both geographically and musically.
The band’s unique approach has resulted in club, theater, and festival dates with such acts as Dark Star Orchestra, moe., Twiddle, Midnight North, Leftover Salmon, Del McCoury, Tauk, Karl Denson, and many more. Simultaneously dropping names as well as science has helped turn fans of diverse musical styles onto the group, without the aid of a record label or management.
The first incarnation of the band was formed in New Orleans, but a post-Hurricane Katrina move to Nashville, TN allowed for more centralized touring, bigger networking opportunities, and a wider regional circle in which to freak. Flattering comparisons to genre-defying acts such as P- Funk, Frank Zappa, and Ween are evident in the relationship between band and audience, where a true energetic exchange is crafted and nurtured.