I got the chance to interview Tauk at their residency show the other night, which was fortunate because everything the day threw at me was conspiring to make me late as hell. But thanks to a cool water-taxi driver who got me across the inner harbor tout de suite, I made it nearly on time, and I was fortunate I did.
The band members were all present for the interview (how refreshing to get the WHOLE BAND’s input and thoughts rather than one half-interested member, which can happen…not naming any names). They are, in the order they were sitting around me: Charlie Dolan (Bass), Alric “A.C.” Carter (Keyboards/Organ), Matt Jalbert (Guitar), Isaac Teel (Drums).
Click the “Play” button to listen to the interview:
It’s a lively, easy-going interview, the kind I really enjoy doing. I personally wanted to get clued in on how they formed, how they write, and their backgrounds. Turns out that three of them grew up together, and all of them are seriously schooled in music. There is certainly no coincidence that the best bands I come across typically consist of musicians that have taken the steps to get a proper musical education and background. The difference being in their seriousness, professional approach and focus.
Their live show was quite impressive, and 8×10 is the perfect small room to see them in. The place was packed well before their set as many had come out to also see Cory Henry, who played the set before Tauk, and absolutely killed it.
Tauk’s songs, at times dreamy, at other times dirty, bring the listener along on a beautifully undulating ride. They make the kind of music that fans of many genres can really tap into and enjoy. For those that appreciate well-written music played tightly by musicians that find the hook and stay there, get out to 8×10 any of the remaining Wednesdays this July. Furthermore, check out their forthcoming album Collisions when it drops July 22.
You can check them out more at: http://taukband.com/