TAUK

The Shapeshifter Tour

TAUK

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

Tickets to 5/18: Click Here!

TAUK
TAUK
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.”
Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers
Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers
Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers will make a sprightly young groove doctor out of anyone. With spectacular energy pulsating from every member of the band, the Rainbow Seekers could illuminate the very chambers of Heaven. Lead singer Joe Hertler splashes through lyrical puddles of golden rain, leaving his audience wearing flowery crowns and bubbling smiles. A ride on the Rainbow will take you across the mountains of Motown, through the fjords of folk, over the archipelagos of Americana, and—at last—into a funky firth, where only the fiercest of friendships can be found.

The Rainbow Seekers began their quest beneath the fingertips of songwriter Joe Hertler. Bassist and producer Kevin Pritchard, recently thawed from an extremely rare prehistoric groove glacier, discovered the forlorn Hertler in a twinkling, mysteriously fortuitous place called The Quilted Attic. Alongside legendary glacier-hunter Rick Hale—who would later spend decades forging a drum set from pure, white-hot, ancient stardust to mark the occasion—Pritchard changed the world: He wrangled Hertler into musical collaboration. And the lonely little songsmith, it turned out, was not quite as alone as he seemed: With him came the irresistibly sexy blues guitar prodigy who is now known to the world as Ryan Hoger.

The core of the Rainbow was thereby established, and it didn’t take long for the Rainbow Seekers to continue their expansion. Multi-instrumentalist and notable auxiliary percussion maestro Micah Bracken journeyed from the bowels of Atlantis when he heard tell of the Rainbow, and the earth trembled as saxophonist and all-around bad ass Aaron Stinson descended from Olympus on a golden rainbow of his own. Then came Stinson's little-known winged companion from the Far East, the debonair violist Joshua Barber Holcomb—When he saw the pure, unadulterated joy the Rainbow Seekers sprinkled on every crowd they happened upon, he had no choice but to join them on their quest.

As you'll know if you've seen the band, seeking the proverbial Rainbow is all about the live performance. "The live show is the purpose of the band. This is why we make music. Playing music is a symbiotic process, and without a crowd it is just a bunch of guys jamming," says Hertler. "We believe that performance is not a High Art operation, and that you should do anything you can to ensure that the crowd is having a good time. From piñatas to confetti, to fog, to flowers, to drum solos, to strobe lights, to Thor, to sword battles—literally anything goes."

If you're still reading this, at least one thing is true: The Rainbow Seekers have been waiting for you. If you'll only let them, they will shake the dust from your wildest expectations. They will roar into your life with rapturous frequencies, exuberant tone, and a joyfulness of purpose that has truly become a rare sight on stage. Join them in their celebration, and they will take you on a never-ending journey to a place you'll never be able to describe in words.
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

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