All Good Presents...
Of Tomorrow, Deaf Scene
Fri, May 4, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
On their upcoming EP Shapeshifter I: Construct, TAUK tap into their singular chemistry to elevate and expand their all-instrumental blend of funk, hip-hop, progressive rock, and jazz. Revealing both their refined musicality and unbridled creativity, the Oyster Bay, New York-bred rock-fusion four-piece (guitarist Matt Jalbert, bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist Alric “A.C.” Carter, and drummer Isaac Teel) push into new sonic terrain and build entire worlds within each richly textured soundscape.
From the complex twisting of “For Laughing Out Loud” and soaring riffs of “Malware” to the urgent rhythms of “Stranger Danger” and sprawling melodies of “Premises,” Shapeshifter I: Construct finds TAUK introducing a rhythmically adventurous element to their craft. And while the compositions are meticulously focused, TAUK also deliver the dynamic tension-and-release jams that have helped earn them a devoted following while drawing critical acclaim (the Washington Post, for one, praised TAUK for “creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion that—thanks to a penchant for improv—offers limitless possibilities”).
Throughout Shapeshifter I: Construct—the first chapter in a follow-up to their 2016 album Sir Nebula—TAUK employ a guided approach to steer their music into bold new directions. The band has sharpened their songwriting to craft more intricately layered arrangements and powerfully intense grooves. As with their past releases, TAUK created Shapeshifter I in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer/mixer/engineer Robert Carranza (The Mars Volta, Ozomatli, Jack Johnson, Taj Mahal). But in a departure from their previous work, the band made the new EP and upcoming full length album in one concentrated period in one location rather than moving between studios. The group brought their gear into an old house, creating a unique recording situation with a special atmosphere. Holing up in the makeshift studio, often pulling 12-hour workdays, TAUK ultimately found the revamped recording process hugely beneficial. “Everything just happened so naturally this time around,” says Jalbert. “I can’t think of one moment where it felt like anything was forced. We were all just completely focused and in the same mindset, which made this an incredibly fun and smooth experience.”
TAUK’s creative connection traces back to childhood, when longtime friends Dolan, Jalbert, and Carter formed their first band in seventh grade and held practice in their school basement. After playing together in various projects over the years, the trio brought Teel into the fold in 2012, cementing the final lineup. “We gelled pretty quickly as friends and as musicians, and now there’s a connection on stage that’s unspoken,” notes Teel. “You just feel it from the energy within the band and from the response coming from the crowd—all these people in the same exact headspace.”
Since their formation, TAUK have shared stages with an impressive list of bands (including Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, Lettuce, and Robert Randolph) in addition to appearing at festivals like Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and The Allman Brothers’ Peach Music Festival. That rigorous touring schedule has gone a long way in strengthening their chemistry, according to Carter. “We’re doing over 100 shows a year and we pretty much live with each other, so there’s a healthy respect and trust and love happening there,” he says. “We all have a common goal and an understanding that this is something we’re compelled to do, and that’s definitely brought us close together.” It’s also helped TAUK develop a reputation as a masterful live act: “TAUK is unstoppable,” raved Live for Live Music. “If you haven’t see them, dear God, go.”
Preparing to hit the road again for a spring tour (with upcoming dates including a two-night stint at the Brooklyn Bowl and spots on the Boston Calling Music Festival and Sweetwater 420 Fest and EP Release shows in Ft Collins and Denver on 4/6 and 4/7), TAUK is focused on instilling their live show with the same kinetic energy and boundless passion that powered the making of Shapeshifter I. “Growing up together as musicians and collectively going on this journey—that’s what makes this experience really special,” says Jalbert of TAUK’s continued evolution. “It’s like everything we’ve learned over the years has been funneled into this band, and now it’s taking shape in a really exciting way. We all love what we’re doing, and the band just feels like home.”
As history has proven, anything can change in a day. The future happens as you live it. We’re existing in a time when the basics of tomorrow are up in the air; the politics of tomorrow are anything but predictable; the communication of tomorrow is not cut and dry; the music of tomorrow is not stagnant players reciting the same melodies, and therefore the band Of Tomorrow should embrace these unknowns as well. Of Tomorrow is a band growing out of DC who is redefining what it means to make music in this time and bringing audiences to new highs at festivals and venues across the eastern seaboard, including DC’s venerated 9:30 Club. Anchored by three pillars of diverse but precise musicianship, they invite the best virtuosos they know to create a unique experience for the audience every time, tying strong melodies, harmonies, and lyrics together with improvisational antics. No matter who accompanies the band of Tomorrow, and you’re bound to be enthralled.
Led by the power trio of Geoff Browning on guitar, Nick Söderström on bass, and Jon Modell on drums, the band curates a rotating cast of musicians and an ever-evolving encyclopedia of music: funk, rock, reggae, samba, hip-hop, soul - the list goes on. Browning leads on vocals, shying away from no subject and belting a versatile range both from his voice and his axe. He’s an ideal host for guest singers and rappers, passing the proverbial and literal mic across the stage all night. Of Tomorrow’s ever-steady bass player (Söderström) is on a planet all his own, consistent yet versatile, jumping from sitting in the pocket to blazing fast solo runs, driving the tension and release of the groove. His rhythmic other half (Modell) builds a flawless percussive foundation on which any number of players can offer the beat they feel, yet he still shines as the nucleus of this living, breathing musical being. The three core members Of Tomorrow balance and challenge each other through an expressive musical journey that fans share with them as they go. The music may never be exactly the same, but the songs and musicianship are unyielding, noone is ever a stranger, and everyone is part of the experience Of Tomorrow.
Baltimore's own Deaf Scene is quickly becoming recognized as a standout band on a regional and national level, bringing a powerful blend of Post-Rock, Grunge, Progressive Metal, and Jazz-Fusion to their songs and live shows. This ever-evolving instrumental power-trio has consciously embraced walking a musical road-less-traveled since their inception in 2010. Along the way they have cultivated a dedicated following with their sonically-expansive live performances and their solid studio work. Straddling a gray area between the progressive cacophonies of Tool, ethereal soundscapes of Explosions in the Sky, and the sludgy twinge of Primus, Deaf Scene has forged a sound that is uniquely their own. Dave Fullerton's effects-laden guitar melodies cascade over thick layers of looped sounds, while Eric Courtney's intricate bass runs and Brett Schatz's precise whirlwind of drumming give structure and groove to the chaos. What they're able to accomplish on stage, as a three-piece band with no vocals, often surprises listeners who have never seen Deaf Scene in concert. The band works together beautifully through seamless sets of original songs, intersected by ambient samples and drones, generating "a sound that you would never imagine could come from three dudes" (89.7 WTMD).
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