It is the latest project by Dublin-born musician and former band member of Icelandic psychedelics Dead Skeletons, Shaun “Nunutzi” Mulrooney: TAU. The collective is the product of a spiritual journey in Wirikuta, Mexico, the land of the peyote. TAU just released its first EP Wirikuta.
You can not miss the influence of Shaun’s experience with the Huichols. Opener Huey Tonantzin is a shamanistic chant that is repeating “Mother Earth” like a mantra. Each of the five songs plays tribute to that sacred place where people still have symbiotic connections with the Earth.
After being on stage at Fusion Festival, Reverberation Festival in Dublin and Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia this summer, TAU’s EP tour “Wirikuta” just ended this week. We talked to Shaun “Nunutzi” at their very last tour gig in Berlin’s hot venue Klunkerkranich.
TAU’s EP tour just came to an end. How does it feel?
You want the honest answer? It feels like the right thing happened. I feel like I am on the start, like I can keep on going. We had a huge journey because we didn’t have our own tour van and instead were just going taking public transport, trains, plains, cars. So yeah, pretty exhausted now.
TAU is your latest project – what’s it all about?
All my life I have been trying to get a band. I had many bands but somehow the elements didn’t fit together. You know like you’re forcing something because you think maybe it’s gonna work. All of my other bands were like that – but TAU is completely open. That’s what TAU is.
How did TAU all start then?
I went to Real de Catorce in the northern part of Mexico. At that time, I was working with a few bands and was doing a lot of business stuff – promotion, band management, booking bands, working for a pretty famous venue in Berlin.. And I had a kind of eureka moment when I went to desert travelling with some amazing people. When I was there I realised that the only thing I should be doing to follow my own passion is do creating my own music. So it was kind of there when I started to write songs for TAU.
How was your first encounter with the Huichols?
I got a call in a more abstract and metaphysical level. I was dreaming that I was in a desert and that I had to go there. Then I was lucky enough to being introduced to the Wirrarika and some of the people from there. They basically invited us. It wasn’t easy to get there. I had to make a lot of sacrifices. When I arrived I realised that I have to be there. All of these really sacred places which are still being held by people who understand what it is to have symbiotic connections with the Earth – all of these places have the same energy. It was apparent that this is why I am here.
What did you take from that experience?
For me it was like a release, a clarification of the belief in the other, what others might call God, Mother Earth, the spirit.
TAU’s first tour just ended. You’re exhausted. What’s up next?
Well first I will give all my money to my landlord we made on tour. That’s the honest answer. Then I am gonna try to find a pair of boots because my boots have wholes in them. From then on I have no idea. We have a few shows coming up but the plan is to do the album in January. Then we will see what happens. Whatever happens, it’s gonna be the right thing.