AMP: What are all of your names and roles in the band?
Alric Carter: Alric Carter (keys), Charlie Dolan (bass), Matt Jalbert (guitar), Isaac Teel (drums)
AMP: If your band was the baby of two other bands who would your parents be?
AC: Interesting question. Too bad we’re adopted, we never knew our parents.
AMP: If people haven’t listened to you before, which song of yours should they listen to first?
AC: Everyone has different tastes which makes it hard to say for sure. All our songs represent us in some form. “Dead Signal” off of our last album Homunculus has a little bit of everything we do.
AMP: Do you find it hard to connect with fans without lyrics to your songs?
AC: No, I don’t find it hard. The key is understanding your audience and finding that middle ground between maintaining your musical identity and what your fans react best to. There have been fantastic lyrics written to songs, however, melody is what makes those lyrics resonate with the listener. Without melody lyrics are far less impactful and melody is a huge part of TAUK’s sound.
AMP: Do you have any releases planned for the near future? Are you working on anything currently?
AC: We just finished working on our second full-length album called “Collisions” which will be released July 22nd. We really enjoyed working with our good friend Robert Carranza (Jack Johnson, Mars Volta) again and are really happy with the turnout. It’s been a six month process and we’re happy to get the final result soon.
AMP: What is your favorite gear to have with you on tour (keyboard, pedals, etc.)?
AC: I’m a really big fan of my Motif XS8, Hammond XK3-c, and Nord Wave. Despite being made by different companies I’ve found a way to blend the keyboards together to make a broader soundscape. We’ve just started using in-ear monitors and those have been great for our live show.
AMP: Where is somewhere you haven’t played yet that you would like to?
AC: We haven’t gotten out to the Pacific Northwest yet and would love to play Seattle, Portland, Eugene, and Vancouver. Aside from the beautiful location, we’ve been hearing great stories about the cool vibes and the positive reception to live music.
AMP: Is there anything you want to say to your fans or that you want your fans to know?
AC: Make sure check out our Tour Dates and social media pages as we will be touring our new album “Collisions” for the remainder of the year. Also keep an ear out for our tunes on Sirius XM JamOn (channel 29). Much thanks to friends, fans, and family for the constant support. It’s been an encouraging year!