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Dec 18, 2015 – 11:00 PM

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  • Tauk
  • We Are The Union
  • Father John Misty

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Tauk: Official Bio: ALESSANDRO ZANELLI (vocals) MATT JALBERT (guitars) CHARLIE DOLAN (bass) ALRIC “A.C.” CARTER (keyboards/organ) ADAM AKPINAR (drums)

Montauk, Long Island, is known by conspiracy theorists, monster buffs, military historians, sport fisherman, the vacationing elite and, yes, even music fans – the Rolling Stones wrote a song about “Memory Motel,” a local estate owned by Andy Warhol and frequented by the band, and Billy Joel waxes nostalgic about the Montauk Sound in his song “The Downeaster Alexa.”

Now, prepare to meet Tauk (yes, short for Montauk), a band that deliver a unique blend of funk, jazz, pop and rock with a fresh, experimental spirit. Since forming earlier this decade, the Long Island-based quintet have built an impressive DIY buzz, scoring opening gigs for O.A.R, earning slots at top festivals like Gathering of the Vibes (alongside Buddy Guy and Bob Weir and Ratdog) and being featured on Fuse TV. Their profile is only going to grow with the release of their first full-length album, Brokedown King.

On their debut, Tauk have crafted eleven gems that dip into everything from soaring rock anthems ("Eye to Eye") to knotty, jazz-funk odysseys ("Snoopy's Revenge") to gorgeous, breezy ballads ("Turn Me In"). But don't peg Tauk as a jam band: cuts like "Hiker" and "Does It Matter" show these five gifted musicians have a talent for mixing in atmospheric, boundary-pushing experimentation not all unlike their influences Radiohead, Wilco and Phish.

“Everyone thinks music is easy, because technology has taken us to a point where anybody can create it. It’s taken for granted, and nobody is taking the time to listen to musicians like Frank Zappa anymore,” says singer Alessandro Zanelli. “We feel passionate about music, and we care about music. How we’ve all gotten to where we are as a band is completely different, but what we all say together is very important to us – we want to share that the best we can, and connect with as many people as we can.”

Grammy-winning producer Robert Carranza [Jack Johnson, Mars Volta] helped Tauk harness their eclectic vision, collaborating with the band for three months split between three studios - Jack Johnson’s solar-powered Solar Plastic Power Plant in Los Angeles, historic Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood, CA, and One East Recording back home in New York. "We try to do songs that are concise and then we try and do songs that are more experimental," says Zanelli. "We definitely don't stick to a formula – we're willing to air things out a little bit." Adds Carranza, "What's compelling is the raw power of the band, from their light moments to full-out jamming. Music is a language that some feel and others speak – and Tauk do both very well."

Tauk's tunes are adventurous in scope, but the band's origins are humble. Bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist-organist Alric "A.C." Carter and guitarist Matt Jalbert met as teenagers in middle school and instantly connected over a shared passion for music. "We'd finish lunch really quickly and then run off to the school's practice room and jam," says Carter. "We'd be jamming and then realize, 'Shit, we're missing class!'" adds Jalbert with a laugh. When the band moved on to high school, they met Zanelli and, soon after, drummer Adam Akpinar, who previously logged time playing in a punk band.

While most high-school bands break up when they head off to college, Tauk's musical bond survived over long distances. All five members majored in music in college, and Tauk regularly performed over school breaks. They hit the road in the summer of 2007 to play nearly 40 shows in the nation's top concert markets (including Boston, Philadelphia, New York) along with more out-of-the-way spots like Central Pennsylvania. Zanelli knew they were on the right track when, after opening for O.A.R., the band gave them big props. "They told us, 'You guys are ten times better than we were when we were your age,'" says Zanelli. "They said, 'Keep playing. You can absolutely make this happen.'"

Lyrically, Zanelli explores ideas of youth and love with heartfelt, poetic introspection. "I'm exploring themes of growing up," says Zanelli. "I've gained this awareness that sometimes you'll have difficult things going on around you but you have to learn how to deal with it and I do it with my lyrics." No matter where he is, Zanelli, whose classically trained voice ranges from a gentle lilt to a ferocious bark, is always fine-tuning his craft. While backpacking across the world – including a harrowing trip from Southern Argentina to Peru – he came up with the key melody to "Eye to Eye" on a boat ride in the middle of the Amazon River. "I just started singing the words," says Zanelli. "It just sort of popped into my head." Spontaneous creative bursts like those happen to every other member of the band. "Every moment, we're always thinking about writing music," he says. "We're ultimately inspired by different moments in our lives – that's where all of our music comes fr! om."

For Tauk, that’s where the music comes from… and the connection begins.

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.. Unhappy with the current state of ska music, We Are The Union decided to stick out their own necks and tried to change things for the better in the summer of 2005. Getting a paycheck is not on their agenda. Instead of following typical ska punk conventions, WATU takes a harder-nosed approach to the genre. With influences ranging from Philadelphia/New Jersey favorites Lifetime and Kid Dynamite, and bands like Slapstick and This Is A Standoff, they rage with the best of them while still retaining a heightened sense of melody. Their love for fast music, horns and their incredibly short attention spans are a simple explanation for why WATU sound the way they do. Over the past two and a half years, they have also been incredibly hardworking. With nearly a dozen tours in the US and UK under their belt in this short span of time, they’ve now thrown caution to the wind and continue to be on the road full time. This will surely add to the list of heavy hitters they’ve shared the stage with that includes The Suicide Machines, Shook Ones, Mustard Plug, Set Your Goals, The Flatliners, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Make Do And Mend, Spring Heeled Jack, Bomb! The Music Industry, The Aquabats, Four Year Strong, Such Gold, Fireworks, Hostage Calm, Transit, The Wonder Years, The Swellers, A Loss For Words, and Hellmouth. Their work ethic cannot just be applied to their tours either. Their first full-length “Who We Are,” self-released in the summer of 2007, was given away for free by the band via the Internet. Their generosity was met with a rapidly surging fan base and an offer to have the record released in Japan via InYaFace Records. Their expectations for the band are simple. They want to keep making music they love while touring relentlessly in order to provide people with a positive environment for fun and the venting of frustration. Paper + Plastick saw the youthful exuberance and the amount of integrity this young bunch of punks had and quickly wanted to become involved. 2010 brings the release of “Great Leaps Forwards”, the Billy Bragg-inspired new full length from We Are The Union. Already outselling their previous releases, WATU hits Canada and the US in support of "Great Leaps Forward" with Strung Out (Fat Wreck Chords) and Rufio this August and September. ....Fast dudes, fast tunes.....

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Father John Misty: After dropping out of college in New York, Josh Tillman (b. 1981) moved to Seattle and spent a year paying rent by freelance writing and donating plasma. Befriending Eric Fisher (Damien Jurado, Rosie Thomas) while on tour in the fall on 2004, Tillman coerced him into recording what would become ” I Will Return”, a full-length reminiscent of the southern-gothic writings of Flannery O’Conner and the music of Nick Drake and Pete Seeger. The CD-R would be distributed and promoted word-of-mouth in paper sleeves while on the road (with acts such as Damien Jurado, Dolorean and Saxon Shore) for over a year until spring 2005 when KEEP Recordings offered to release a limited, special edition run of the record. Tillman continues to record constantly, finishing a full-length with Fisher entitled ”Long May You Run, J. Tillman”.

Artist is also tagged by download services as J. Tillman, and aside from his role as a prolific singer-songwriter, also plays drums for Seattle WA based band Fleet Foxes. Since 2012, he has taken a drastic departure from his previous musical style. Now touring and releasing music under the moniker Father John Misty, Tillman's creative direction has taken an ethereal and meandering direction that has become a hit with old fans and new.

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