Music speaks louder than words.
The Bowery will host Tauk, an experimental, instrumental band, Sunday night at 7 p.m.
Taking notes from various genres, hip-hop, funk, jazz, R&B and alternative rock are laced within Tauk's music to achieve the band's eclectic sound. A.C. Carter, Tauk's keyboardist, described the sound as "instrumental fusion rock" to those who have not heard them before.
"I feel like it's so many genres," Carter said. "You think about what alternative music was in the 1990s to now, and it's completely different. It is instrumental at the heart."
The group's influences are as eclectic as its sound. Tauk draws influences from Radiohead, instrumental band Kneebody, A Tribe Called Quest and Erykah Badu. Guitarist Matt Jalbert and bassist Charlie Dolan also incorporate ideas from Phish and the Grateful Dead.
The band tries to replicate their influences' success along with the quality of their lyrics. Carter said he believes that while a lot of musicians are talented, "not all of them say something," and Tauk attempts to say something without any words.
"I think what we're doing is unique," Carter said. "There's a big difference, and we try to take a little bit of everything and interpret in our own sound. It goes outside of genre."
While the band had a vocalist at one point, Tauk eventually decided an "instrumental direction was more natural," Carter said. Finding a home in that genre, the band has taken to performing at festivals where it finds audiences to be more open to the group's sound.
"We've found there's a niche for that and people looking for that," Carter said. "You think about EDM festivals, and people are listening to instrumental music a lot more.
"People are being a lot more accepting, and they're getting bored of the norm. We're trying to break out of the formula a little bit. It doesn't have to be a three to four-minute song that's radio friendly."
Carter said Tauk has found some of the band's most passionate fans at musical festivals, noting listeners have flocked to the group's instrumental sound. Tauk also formerly played Bonnaroo and the Hangout Music Festival and will play Blooming Blossoms, Mad Tea Party, Wakarusa and the Harvest Festival this year.
"I think the people who go to festivals are looking for new music," Carter said. "The cool thing is that there are so many spots, so it's great exposure for bands like us. Festival people are more receptive to what we're trying to do.
"Big festivals are great resume builders, but we like small ones because it's more focused. You're playing for people who really love music, and we really want to share our art and our craft with them."
The beginnings of Tauk arose when Carter, Jalbert and Dolan began playing together while in high school in Long Island. After finding Isaac Teel on the drums, they began Tauk.
"We've been playing music for a while," Carter said. "It's been a really fun adventure."
As for the group's name, the band was spontaneously influenced by Montauk on Long Island. A popular summer vacation spot, the band needed a name last minute while recording an EP. Dolan was wearing a Montauk shirt and they simply shorted it to Tauk.
Tauk released its last album, "Homunculus," in April 2013. Currently, the group has recently finished preproduction for a new album that the band members hope to record in the spring and release before Tauk plays many of its summer festivals.
Tauk does occasionally run into a dilemma, though. In being an instrumental band, having fans remember their songs can be difficult. To keep audiences engaged, they include covers into their set including the Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)." Through this, Carter said fans notice something familiar through finding the vocals in the guitar or keyboard parts.
"It's kind of tricky for us," Carter said. "One thing we've realized is that incorporating melody is really important. We look at it as, if you're seeing us for the first time, we want you to remember a certain hook, a certain song."