There's an impressive buzz around NYC-based rock fusion band TAUK's new LP, "Homunculus" released April 30.
The group hit the road this August to promote the new album and will make a final stop at 8 p.m. Sept. 6 to perform at Mahall's 20 Lanes, 13200 Madison Ave. in Lakewood.
"We're really excited to do this little run that's coming up," said keyboardist and organist Alric "A. C." Carter. "We start on the 28th and we're going to play St. Louis, Chicago, Michigan and end in Lakewood. Our shows are a lot of energy. We're always excited to get out of the van and get on stage and share our music with people we've never met before."
It wasn't until 2012 with the addition of drummer Isaac Teel and the realization the band could build a fan base around a completely instrumental act that the pieces fell into place for "Homunculus."
"Homunculus was a fun project," Carter said. "We were in a transitional period. We had a singer and around 2011 we parted ways. We added a new musician to our band, Isaac, our drummer. We were playing live for about a year, so we hadn't had a recent recording. It was definitely time to try something new."
The group joined forces with Grammy-winning producer Robert Carranza to craft their first entirely instrumental full-length album.
"We were lucky enough to get back in contact with Robert Carranza who has worked with Mars Volta and Jack Johnson," Carter said. "He has a great skill set as an engineer and producer. The insight and guidance he's provided us over the years is immeasurable. Mars Volta and Jack Johnson are stylistically so far apart it says a lot about what he brings to the table when we have the opportunity to work with him. We went to L.A. to record it. In about two months, we had ten songs done and finished. We're really proud of it."
TAUK's music is an experimental blend of instrumental rock with a splash of funk, jazz, hip-hop and R&B.
"It's definitely rockin' all the time," Carter said. "All the guys in the band are different and listen to a lot of different music, and also a lot of the same music, so we bring different elements to the band and we try to find a balance."
Guitarist Matt Jalbert, bassist Charlie Dolan and Carter have been playing music together since grade school.
"We all love music," Carter said. "Matt, Charlie and I have known each other for a while, so this is something that's second nature to us. With how long we've known each other and how natural it feels to be on the road and creating music together, it's just something that always felt right. We've just been chipping at it and trying to figure out how to sculpt it."
Carter said it's different playing in an all instrumental band.
"There's so many elements," Carter said. "Melody is something that is really important in our compositions. We really strive to focus on how to get the listener and the audience to remember a part of the song. We try to write the melodies as if we were the singer. We found a way where we use artist imitation to really make that melody have an impact."
TAUK's live show matches their masterfully produced recordings.
"We love what we do," Carter said. "We love the creative process and being able to express that and share that with a collective audience or people that are looking for new music and new ideas and something different."
TAUK will give a final performance on Sept. 6 at Mahall's 20 Lanes in Lakewood.
"It's our last show of our little Midwest run that we're doing, so we're pretty excited to close it off in Lakewood and to meet the people there and hopefully I will bowl a 300."
Electric Sunshine and C-Level will open for TAUK. Tickets are $7.
Check out the band at taukband.com.
For more information, call 216-521- 3280 or visit mahalls20lanes.com.