Based in New York City, TAUK features Matt Jalbert (guitar), Charlie Dolan (bass), Alric "A.C." Carter (keyboard-organ), and Isaac Teel (drums). We caught up with Charlie to chat about their third album (Sir Nebula), being on tour, and playing at the Variety Playhouse for the first time.
Are you excited to play at the revamped Variety Playhouse?
Absolutely, I haven't been there before. A lot of our friends are in bands that have played there. I hear it's a cool spot. We're going to miss Terminal West but this is the next step so we're excited about it. It's one of the shows everyone has been looking forward to.
The new album Sir Nebula was released this fall. How that's been going so far?
It's been great. The reception has been the best yet from any of our other records. I'm really happy about how it came out. I feel like we approached it in a different way than we have in the past. We took all the time off to finish writing the music, practicing it, and just getting in the studio and doing it in one swoop rather than cutting it up within tours and and getting to it when we could. I feel like it's a good complete effort for us and has been met with positive views from our fans and colleagues.
The last thing we released with them was our live record, HEADROOM, and now this one. We have a lot of respect for STS9. We saw their label as a way for us to get our name out to a different audience. There's definitely a lot more electronic-based artists on the label.
What about working with producer Robert Carranza made the experience special?
Robert has been with us for pretty much all of the records. He mixed the first EP and from then on we've only worked with Robert. At this point he's like the fifth member of the band. He kind of gets us to focus in a way that really elevates us all together. The way we looked at recording another record was a way for us to hone in on all these news songs. Robert allows us to get into them with a microscope. He's been doing it for so long, if he really wants us to do something we all respect him and we're definitely going to try it. The dynamic with him is one as if he's a band member.
Do you have a favorite song you like to perform live from the most recent album?
It changes for sure, right now "Waver" or "Flashback" are my two favorites to play. "Waver" takes you on a journey because it has a bunch of different sections, rarely do things repeat. Little ideas will come back here and there but usually it feels completely different from section to section. With "Flashback" I like the way it comes in and the vibe that is sets up. It builds throughout the song like one giant crescendo.
Looking at your tour schedule it appears to be pretty intense. How do you stay focused and balanced while you're on the road?
This tour has been a group effort. We schedule stretches before we load in because we load in a lot of stuff like lights and gear and it's not easy. Getting a good amount of rest, eating the right food, taking some supplements and things like that. You're sleeping in a box with eight other people, if someone gets sick it's the domino effect and you just have to fight the good fight. When it comes down to it, no matter all the bad stuff that happens on the road, when we get to play shows that's our time to escape so we always look forward to that.
TAUK is playing alongside Voodoo Visionary and The Orange Constant at Variety Playhouse on November 18.
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