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, 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. Tzadik Records released the album on September 16th.
Sally Gates – Guitar
Matt Hollenberg – Bass VI
Trevor Dunn – Bass
Kenny Grohowski – Drums
10/11/22 – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY, “Vonals” Record Release Show
10/02/22 – Gallery5, Richmond, VA, with Dumb Waiter, and Bermuda Triangles
10/01/22 – Jam Room Festival, Columbia, SC, with Sun Ra Arkestra and more
9/30/22 – Sabbath Brewing, Atlanta, GA, with Dead Register, and Shane Parish
09/29/22 – etc. Greensboro, NC, with Cloutchaser
07/23/22 – The Crown, Baltimore, MD, with Cleric, Mast Year, and Mowder Oyal
07/24/22 – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY with Cleric and Bangladeafy
04/07/22 – NuBlu, NYC, with Snark Horse and Snake Union
11/10/21 – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY with Car Bomb and Cleric
3/10/20 – NuBlu, NYC, with IR (Mick Barr/Erik Malave) and Kilter
1/8/20 – Mercury Lounge, NYC, with Cleric and Horse Torso
10/25/19 – The Kingsland, Brooklyn, NY with Car Bomb (record release), and Circuit of Suns
9/17/19 – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY with Zevious, Vosnod and Indricothere (Colin Marston)
6/26/19 – (as Sally Gates Trio) – Max Fish, NYC, with Mick Barr
2/15/19 – (as Sally Gates Trio) – Ceremony, Brooklyn, NY, with Seven)Suns, Shardik, Ava Mendoza