TAUK doesn’t talk, they play

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New York instrumental band TAUK is playing The Firmament on May 8 at 8:30 p.m. Photo by Soul + Vision

The New York instrumental band TAUK released an album last year called Shapeshifter II: Outbreak. It was, as the title suggests, a continuation of a previous release, the Shapeshifter I: Construct EP. The Shapeshifter releases are, for lack of a better term, concept albums, concerning artificial intelligence and its potential to upend our world.

And they’re 100% fine if you don’t get any of that when you’re listening to their music.

As TAUK keyboardist Alric “A.C.” Carter says, as long as the music is moving you in some way, it’s a good thing.

“When you’re sharing your music with the public, or anyone else, really, it’s not really YOURS anymore,” Carter says. “It’s a joint experience. So if someone is really into the conceptual aspect, that’s fine, they can enjoy it that way, and if they just enjoy the music, that’s fine, too. And that’s the great thing about instrumental music: There aren’t any lyrics that force a listener to see the message.”

Of course, it helps that over their six-album career, the band has perfected an incredibly catchy style of playing that doesn’t sacrifice melody for the sake of complexity.

“The melodies weave together the music and give the listener something they can follow,” Carter says. “We try to take the best part of progressive music, the precision of it, and incorporate that into our own soup, if you will.”

And live onstage, as TAUK will be at The Firmament in Greenville next Wednesday, the band likes to push themselves. There’s no such thing as two identical shows for these guys, whether that means working improvisational jams into their songs or simply avoiding repetition.

“We want to make sure each show is unique,” Carter says.


What: TAUK, w/ The Kirby Bright Live Band
Where: The Firmament, 5 Market Point Dr., Greenville
When: Wednesday, May 8th, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $13-$20
Info: 864-616-5101, http://www.firmamentgvl.com/

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