Photography by Mike Mauger
Matt Jalbert, Charles Dolan, Alric “A.C.” Carter, and Isaac Teel make up the band, TAUK, a four-piece instrumental band that has been making a name for themselves in the jam band circuit for the past five years. I personally caught them for the first time back in 2013 here in Philadelphia. They opened for the Greyboy Allstars at Union Transfer, and was completely blown away. In an ill-defined genre like jam-bands, where live shows can often get spacey beyond all recognition, particularly when there is a lack of vocals, TAUK (pronounced “talk” by the way) bucks that trend. They offer tightly-knit improvised jams with melodies that carry a tune better than vocals ever could. If ever the phrase “they shred” were appropriate, it’d be for describing TAUK.
The quartet takes on a dense schedule of touring and recording that allows for very little downtime. Their latest album, HEADROOM, released late last year, is their first official live album, and catches the group’s on-stage energy better than anything they’ve put out to date. TAUK is hard at work on a new studio release and is preparing for a stretch of shows that takes up the majority of the rest of their winter and spring.
TAUK Bassist and founding member, Charles Dolan, was kind enough to speak with us before setting sail on Jam Cruise, a festival on a cruise ship, that kicked off the band’s 2016. We chat about how the band got started, musical influences, touring with Umphrey’s McGee, and the death of the “rock star.”
Listen to the full interview (plus some TAUK tracks) below, and get your tickets to check ’em out at Ardmore Music Hall on January 23rd, with support from a couple incredible local acts, Catullus and Wax Future. Tickets are going fast and you can get them here. We’ll see you there!