TAUK debut Sci-Fi video for “Checkmate”

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Genre-bending instrumental quartet TAUK will release Shapeshifter II: Outbreak on September 28, an all-instrumental blend of progressive rock, hip-hop, & jazz that takes an exhilarating look at artificial intelligence and its potential to upend our world. Today, Substream Magazine debuted the ominous video for “Checkmate”, saying that the “fun, thrilling story will have you throughly invested.”

The Zack Bernstein directed video revolves around A.C., a man who creates a virus he ends up forming a love affair with. However, their relationship is cut short when a group of people comes to take his love from him. He doesn’t go down without a fight.“This is our first real look into the Shapeshifter universe,” says guitarist Matt Jalbert. “It’s creepy, funny, bizarre, there are elements of sci-fi… all ingredients that can be heard and felt in the music.”

Equally inspired by classic sci-fi like Blade Runner and more recent films like Ex MachinaShapeshifter II: Outbreakembeds that narrative into TAUK’s most sonically adventurous, emotionally expansive work to date. A continuation of their early-2018 EP, Shapeshifter I: Construct, the new album picks up its predecessor’s narrative thread left off.

True to its thematic terrain, Shapeshifter II: Outbreak endlessly blurs the boundaries between organic and electronic with TAUK broadening their sonic palette to include a vast spectrum of synth sounds and programmed effects. In sculpting the album’s intricate arrangements, TAUK called on such esteemed musicians as The Naughty Horns, Ghost-Note’s Nate Werth (a percussionist who’s also played with David Crosby, Q-Tip, and Snarky Puppy), and Juan Alderete (longtime bassist for Racer X and The Mars Volta).TAUK are currently on tour across the US through the end of the year. A festival run continues this weekend at Waterloo, including Wormtown and Meeting of the Minds as well as a performance at legendary Red Rocks this weekend on Sept 8 supporting STS9 and also featuring Cut Chemist. A full list of dates can be found below.

TAUK Tour Dates
Sep 07 – Austin, TX – Waterloo Festival
Sep 08 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (supporting STS9)
Sep 15 – Greenfield, MA – Wormtown Music Festival
Sep 21-Sep 22 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music & Arts Festival
Sep 29 – Schuylkill Haven, PA – Meetings of the Minds
Oct 04 – Rochester, NY – The Music Hall @ Funk ‘n Waffles @
Oct 05 – Burlington, VT – ArtsRiot **
Oct 06 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre ^^
Oct 07 – Harrisburg, PA – Club XL $
Oct 10 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s #
Oct 11 – Knoxville, TN – Concourse @ The International #
Oct 12 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre #
Oct 13 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House *
Oct 14 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House ^
Oct 17 – Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks Music Hall #
Oct 18 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s #
Oct 19 – Houston, TX – The Secret Group #
Oct 20 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada #
Oct 21 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge #
Oct 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit Live &
Oct 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room &
Oct 26 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst (Atrium) &
Oct 27 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Berkeley &
Oct 31 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub &
Nov 01 – Eugene, OR – Wildcraft Cider Works &
Nov 02 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge &
Nov 03 – Portland, OR – Star Theater &
Nov 06 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge &
Nov 07 – Bozeman, MT – The Filling Station &
Nov 08 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room &
Nov 09 – TBA
Nov 10 – Winter Park, CO – Ullrs Tavern &
Nov 13 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House &
Nov 14 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi &
Nov 15 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall &
Nov 16 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom &
Nov 17 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works &
Jan 15-Jan 21 – Jam Cruise 17 – Port of Miami, FL

@ w/ Flux Capacitor
# w/ Funk You
* w/ Dynamo
^ w Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
& w/ Exmag
** w/ Kudu Stooge
$ w/ AMFM and Sun & Rain
^^ w/ McLovins

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