On their third studio album Sir Nebula, 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/organist Alric “A.C.” Carter, and drummer Isaac Teel) push into new sonic terrain and build entire worlds within each richly textured soundscape.
From the hazy atmospherics of “Time’s Up” and soaring riffs of “Program Select” to the urgent rhythms of “Shenanigans” and sprawling melodies of “Where You Are,” Sir Nebula finds TAUK introducing a cosmically inspired element to their music. “The album ended up taking on a more ambient kind of vibe than anything we’ve done before—there’s a spaciness in the songs that lets you get lost in the sound,” says Dolan. And while the album is endlessly hypnotic, 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”).
As with their past four releases, TAUK created Sir Nebula 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 album in one concentrated period rather than spacing the recording sessions out in between tours. Holing up at the Solar Powered Plastic Plant in Los Angeles, 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 it this incredibly fun and smooth experience.”
"TAUK is an incredibly impressive ensemble of talent. The four-piece band carries an incredible groove that meshes jazz and funk with a fresh pop sound." - Relix Magazine
"In short, TAUK is unstoppable. If you haven’t seen them, dear God, go." - Live for Live Music
Porch 40 is a 5-piece Progressive Funk Rock band from North Carolina with a saxophonist, electric violinist, killer front man, and a tight bass/drums rhythm section that holds it all together. They have shared the stage and performed with Galactic, Blues Traveler, The Doobie Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, REO Speedwagon, Leftover Salmon, The Suffers, The Nth Power, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more. They have performed at prominent music festivals such as Oskar Blues Burning Can, Georgia National Fair, Bele Chere, etc., and have some amazing festivals already locked in for the 2017, including SweetWater 420 Fest in Atlanta. They are currently in the pre-production process of their Sophomore album, which is being produced by Robert Mercurio from Galactic.