The members of the prog-rock jam outfit TAUK have announced an eight-date, east-coast winter tour. In support of the upcoming concerts, they’ve also shared their new music video for “Let It Ride”, one of the singles from their instrumental sci-fi concept album, Shapeshifter II: Outbreak. Similar to the album’s theme and previously shared music video for “Recreational Outrage“, the band once again takes viewers into a Terminator-themed world of shape-shifting robots and armies of cyborgs. The entire video, which showcases some brilliantly detailed animation design by Dugan Warmoth and Damon Milstead, can be watched in full below.
The album’s sci-fi narrative to go with themes of extraterrestrial life and artificial intelligence are immediately showcased from the opening shots of the five-minute video. The first minute alone really begins to establish the futuristic setting before the robotic characters start taking over around the 1:10 mark. As the visually-thrilling journey plays out with armies of robot drones, it’s almost impossible not to get sucked into this apocalyptic world created by Warmoth and Milstead, which is realistic enough to impress even the biggest science fiction junkies. It always helps as well when the artist provides music that is equally cinematic and energizing to help fuel what is unfolding before the viewers’ eyes.
TAUK – “Let It Ride – Official Video
TAUK also took the opportunity to share a new batch of east coast tour dates on Wednesday, which are scheduled for early 2019 as an extension of their ongoing Shapeshifter II: Outbreak Tour. The newly added run of eight winter concerts will begin on January 30th, almost immediately following their time on JamCruise 2019. The run begins with a show at the Portland House of Music in Portland, Maine, and continues for just over a week until a closing performance on February 9th at the Salvage Station in Asheville, North Carolina. Five of TAUK’s eight newly announced shows along the eastern U.S. will feature support from People’s Blues of Richmond, as detailed in the full schedule below. Tickets for the newly announced 2019 dates will go on sale this Friday, November 16th.
2019 TAUK Tour Dates
Jan. 31 Portland House of Music Portland, ME
Feb. 1 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
Feb. 2 Ardmore Music Hall Ardmore, PA
Feb. 5 The Southern Charlottesville, VA*
Feb. 6 Boathouse Live Newport News, VA*
Feb. 7 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC*
Feb. 8 Visulite Theatre Charlotte, NC*
Feb. 9 Salvage Station Asheville, NC*
* w/People’s Blues of Richmond
NEW VIDEO Premiere For “Let It Ride”! NEW TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 Onsale FRIDAY! Portland, ME; Boston, MA; Philly; Charlottesville; Newport News; Raleigh; Charlotte; Asheville!https://t.co/qNCmqpTUvV
— TAUK (@TAUKband) November 14, 2018