"Tabah is a new sound for Minneapolis to hear,” says Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current. This spirited and dynamic group is committed to their pursuit of a sound that is uniquely theirs, alive in the present and grounded in the past. The band found their roots when lead singer and guitarist, Cecelia Erholtz met bassist Charlie Bruber in 2013 at a benefit concert at St. John’s University in Minnesota. Fueled by a mutual interest in Crosby Stills, Nash & Young, they began writing original music together at their home studio in Minneapolis.
Tabah began to take form when drummer Murphy Janssen joined the band and provided a tenacious rhythm to Cecelia’s haunting melodies. Shortly after, they were joined by Andrew Seitz on keys who added aptly placed cerebral tones between the heavy guitar and bass. Finally in the fall of 2014, the band was completed by Cecelia’s long time friend, Jeff Ley on guitar, who inspired a fluidity and spontaneity in the guitar harmonies.
Confident in the solidity of their newly established group, they dove into a torrent of creating, performing and recording their music. Their debut EP Time Will Come, released in June of 2015, reflected on their challenging and unique experiences of living in the increasingly tumultuous atmosphere of being a young adult. “Our method of creation is a process of destruction and perseverance,” says Jeff, which led to the creation of their name: Tabah meaning both destruction in Urdu and perseverance in Malay.
“Tabah’s sound is groovy, mystifying and soulful - a melting pot of sounds and feelings. The instrumentation accompanied by the earthy vocals of Cecelia Erholtz is first class,” says blogger Zachary Earley ('Honest Abe') from Mugatunes. It is difficult to place Tabah’s sound within one genre, though they have been associated with experimental rock, psychedelia and jazz. They are largely influenced by Pink Floyd, David Bowie and My Morning Jacket among others. The band finds resonance in the growing idea led by musicians such as Kamasi Washington in creating music that is genreless, that exceeds bounds. “Music is more than the genres which people have boxed them into;" says Charlie, "it can live beyond classification.” At times languid, and others ethereal, Tabah’s music invites you on a multifaceted and winding journey through sound.
Moving forward, Tabah is working fervently to share their music with the world, and to be a resounding voice in the vast conversation of contemporary music. Tabah pushes to break musical barriers and communicate unity through music. Jo ho gaya juda, ho jaunga tabah - “If I’ll get separated, then I’ll be destroyed.” Their debut LP Symmetry Somewhere was recorded at Welcome To 1979 Studios in Nashville, TN during the summer of 2016. The album is set for release in January 2017.