Oyster Bay quartet Tauk came crashing through the gates with its debut effort, “Homunculus,” a face-melting collection of instrumental pieces that navigated the high-wire between progressive rock, funk, and math-rock. If the album was meant to make clear to all who heard it that Tauk was a virtuosic powerhouse to be reckoned with – and the band’s constant touring underlined this fact – then the new “Collisions” is a celebration of the band’s abilities as four-man manipulator of big, fat and greasy grooves. “Homunculus” encouraged the listener to greet the music in slack-jawed wonder, but “Collisions” wants you to dance, and that’s a demand that is tough to blow off when you’re in the midst of its 50-minute, 10-song journey.
It’s on the concert stage that Tauk truly speaks its funky dialect, however. Buffalo audiences will have the opportunity to dig into the “Collisions” material when the band arrives for a gig at 8 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). Western New York psychedelic-prog trio Ocular Panther – whose name is sometimes abbreviated as Ocupanther – will handle the opening duties. Tickets are $10 advance and $12 on the day of the show.