Tauk & Consider The Source 10.16.15
Words & Photos By Brad Yeakel (Opti Mystic Outlooks)
When Tauk took the stage, I wasn't sure what to expect. My only previous experience with them was hearing they were on the bill with jam rock favorites, Umphrey's McGee for a tour. As showtime hit, the lights went out and some bumping hip-hop accompanied their entrance to the stage. The members danced their way to their respective instruments and seemed to amp up the crowd. Led by shredder Matt Jalbert, the band galloped through danceable instrumental prog-rock. The funky grooves undoubtedly were a credit to drummer Isaac Teel, who's hip-hop-infused Rock drumming smoothed out the edges of what may have been an aural assault.
There was a strange sense of isolation that happened as well. The band spread across the stage with AC Carter (keyboards), Teel (drums), and Jalbert (guitar) taking up most of the room and edging bassist, Charlie Dolan off to the side. This idea was reflected in the music also, where it seemed there was a heavy connection between the rest of the band while Dolan just seemed to be along for the ride. To his credit, Dolan was consistent, just not flashy. His choices were safe and timely. I couldn't help thinking how much better they could be with a gunslinger like Consider the Source's Ferrara. As the show progressed, the energy continued to rise, and by the end of the show, I was grooving.
To summarize, before you go Tauking, I'd probably Consider the Source.