Wed, October 24, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

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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
Free-flowing yet elaborately composed, Shapeshifter II: Outbreak came to life in
collaboration with TAUK’s longtime cohort Robert Carranza—a Grammy Award-winning
producer/mixer/engineer also known for his work The Mars Volta, Ozomatli, Marilyn
Manson, and Taj Mahal. In a departure from their previous releases (including 2016’s
Sir Nebula), the band shunned the typical studio environment and holed up for weeks in
a long-abandoned, century-old home that Teel describes as “the Jumanji house meets
Addams Family meets Amityville Horror.” Located in their homeland of Long Island, the
house turned out to be the ideal spot for their makeshift studio, allowing for a creativity-
enhancing seclusion. “Overall the whole process was incredibly organic—there were no
constrictions as far as time or space, nothing ever felt forced,” says Dolan. “There was a
greater feeling of possibility, and it ended up being a really liberating experience for all
of us.” Jalbert adds: “The location definitely added to the vibe of everything we were
going for. It was like we set up a laboratory in the middle of nowhere and shut off the
rest of the world, which really helped get us into a specific headspace.”
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Venue Information:
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004