New York City-based TITAN TO TACHYONS presents their second album, Vonals, now confirmed to see release through John Zorn’s Tzadik Records in September, today issuing the record’s cover art, track listing, a live video of the track “Wax Hypnotic,” and more.
TITAN TO TACHYONS is an instrumental experimental jazz-metal group led by New Zealand/New York composer and guitarist Sally Gates (ex-Orbweaver), which features Kenny Grohowski (Secret Chiefs 3, Imperial Triumphant, John Zorn), on the drums, and two bassists: Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Tomahawk) and Matt Hollenberg (Cleric, John Zorn). The quartet instrumentally depict the realms of surrealism and science-fiction through eclectic and improvisational passages, juxtaposed by fluid grooves and metallic flurries. Their debut LP, Cactides, was released through Nefarious Industries mid-2020 to critical acclaim, and now the band returns with its follow-up, Vonals.
With six new tracks encompassing more than forty-five minutes, TITAN TO TACHYONS’ Vonals is a mesmerizing and entrancing album, as alluring as it is unpredictable. Spaced-out free-flowing jams merge with explosive metallic outbursts as if the listener was watching a time-lapse video of the cosmos forming from an ominous jazz lounge in a David Lynch film. The dueling bass of Dunn and bass VI of Hollenberg create a web of intricately developed low-end flow over Grohowski’s hammering buildups and fills, while Gates’ instantly recognizable technical axemanship blooms with both finesse and volatility.
Vonals was recorded and mixed by Colin Marston at Menegroth, the Thousand Caves (Dysrhythmia, Krallice, Imperial Triumphant), mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk (Miles Davis, Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock), and completed with band photography by Naeemah Z. Maddox and cover paintings by Sally Gates.
Watch TITAN TO TACHYONS’ live performance of the album track “Wax Hypnotic,” filmed at NuBlu in New York City in April, at THIS LOCATION.
Tzadik Records will release the album on CD only, no digital release, on September 16th. Watch for additional updates to post over the weeks ahead.
Vonals Track Listing:
1. Neutron Wrangler
2. Vacuum Symmetry
3. Critical Paranoia
4. Wax Hypnotic
5. Close the Valve & Wait
6. Blue Thought Particles
TITAN TO TACHYONS has been performing throughout New York City over recent months and will support the release of Vonals with an East Coast tour running from September 28th through October 2nd. See the confirmed shows below and watch for the remaining venues to be confirmed and announced alongside details for a New York City release show for the album in the days ahead.
TITAN TO TACHYONS Tour Dates:
9/29/2022 etc. – Greensboro, NC w/ Cloutchaser
9/30/2022 Sabbath Brewing – Atlanta, GA w/ Dead Register, Shane Parish
10/01/2022 Jam Room Music Fest – Columbia, SC w/ Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Titus Andronicus, Shiner, more
10/02/2022 Gallery5 – Richmond, VA w/ Dumb Waiter, Bermuda Triangles
TITAN TO TACHYONS:
Sally Gates – guitar
Matt Hollenberg – bass VI
Trevor Dunn – bass
Kenny Grohowski – drums, percussion