TITAN TO TACHYONS: NYC Metal/Jazz Act With Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, Imperial Triumphant Members To Begin East Coast Tour Dates Surrounding Big Ears Festival; Vonals Out Now On Tzadik Records

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New York City-based experimental/jazz metal quartet TITAN TO TACHYONS is preparing to launch a short run of US tour dates next week, surrounding their performance at the massive Big Ears Festival.

Beginning this Tuesday, March 19th, TITAN TO TACHYONS will play with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum in Baltimore and Carrboro on their way down to Knoxville for their set as part of the annual Big Ears Festival, where dozens of bands play over the four-day gathering, including Herbie Hancock, André 3000, Digable Planets, Unwound, Thurston Moore and John Paul Jones, Secret Chiefs 3, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, bassist Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant avec Folie à Quatre, and countless more. Following the fest, TITAN TO TACHYONS will play shows in Richmond and Philadelphia.

3/19/2024 The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Sleepytime Gorilla Museum [tickets]
3/20/2024 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC w/ Sleepytime Gorilla Museum [tickets]
3/21-24/2024 Big Ears Festival – Knoxville, TN [tickets]
3/26/2024 The Camel – Richmond, VA w/ Dumb Waiter [tickets]
3/27/2024 Solar Myth – Philadelphia, PA [tickets]

TITAN TO TACHYONS is led by New Zealand/New York composer and guitarist Sally Gates (ex-Orbweaver), joined by drummer Kenny Grohowski (Secret Chiefs 3, Imperial Triumphant, John Zorn), and dueling bassists Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Tomahawk) and Matt Hollenberg (Cleric, John Zorn). The quartet instrumentally depicts the realms of surrealism and science-fiction through eclectic and improvisational passages, juxtaposed by fluid grooves and metallic flurries.

TITAN TO TACHYONS’ second album, Vonals, saw release through John Zorn’s eclectic Tzadik Records in the Summer of 2022, the album 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’ “Neutron Wrangler” live from Saint Vitus Bar at THIS LOCATION, and the “Blue Thought Particles” visualizer HERE.

Vonals is out now on Tzadik Records, available on CD through the band HERE and in record shops everywhere, and through iTunes HERE.

“…a journey from bruising heavy prog to eerily spacious fusion and on to a lurching abstract finale.” – Spin

“If an album’s being issued on avant garde composer-saxophonist John Zorn’s Tzadik label, there’s a 100 percent chance the content is gonna be experimental, unconventional and expertly played… six tracks of similarly out-there material incorporating improv, psych, jazz and metal landscapes backed with Grohowski’s complex rhythms and Gates’ entrancing guitar work.” – Decibel Magazine

“Vonals is no shred-fest, but it’s consistently obvious that these are some of the highest caliber musicians active today. There is an emphasis on texture and composition that takes precedence over any need to show off. Yet it’s that much more impressive that the performances can leave one in awe, and they probably aren’t even trying. This album is a fantastic follow-up to the group’s debut and hopefully is a sign of more great work to come.” – Burning Ambulance

“A true genre-blending outfit led by guitarist Sally Gates, on Vonals the group fuses technical metal, prog rock, jazz, blues, and generally heavy weirdness… another brilliant piece of work from Gates and company.” – Avant Music News