By Erin Coulehan, Contributor, DC Music Live
Under the multicolored lights of The Hamilton, instrumental band TAUK won the crowd over without words during its recent tour stop in the nation’s capital. The New York-based group delivered an intimate 50-minute set in the Hamilton’s basement-level venue on Sept. 27 while on tour with fellow instrumental band Perpetual Groove.
The performance featured narratively styled instrumentals along with impressive guitar work that had guests entranced by the rhythms. That’s no easy feat when playing songs sans lyrics. The set featured tracks from their self-released EP Pull Factors with songs like “Side Project,” whose airy sounds leave you longing for summer, and “Home to Me,” which conveys a sense of vulnerability by way of the piano.
“We kind of just fell into doing instrumentals,” says TAUK bassist Charles Dolan before the show as he explains the band’s evolution from an after-school garage band to the members’ decision to turn their passion for music into careers.
The band formed in middle school when classmates Alric Carter and Matthew Jalbert met Dolan and instantly bonded over a shared passion for music. Drummer Isaac Teel later joined the keyboardist, guitarist and bassist.
The band’s performance on stage seemed effortless as each song gained momentum before delivering an explosive finish, and the members never disrupted the performance by speaking, communicating only by exchanging looks with one another.
What’s most striking about the band is its ability to blend funk, jazz, pop and rock and create a refreshing and unified sound.
The Hamilton, set up as more of a jazz lounge than a conventional music venue, allows guests to sit at tables and politely sip their drinks, separated from the band – creating an atmosphere that could either fail miserably or succeed despite the physical separation.
Fortunately, TAUK captivated its audience as some guests halted servers from taking their drink orders to avoid averting their attention from the
TAUK sent the audience of about 50 over the top when they played a rendition of The Beatles classic “She’s So Heavy,” which prompted immediate exclamations. TAUK left the stage with hearty applause and returned to the green room exhilarated from their performance.
TAUK will continue its extended tour through November and then return to New York to plan out the next steps of their musical odyssey.