ROYAL TUSK have released a new music video for their track Reflection. Directed by Keenan Kirk, this is the second music video we’ve seen from the band from their latest LP, TUSK II.
“The video for Reflection was a blast to make,” says the band. “We wanted to show the pure rawness that is a Royal Tusk live show, no bells or whistles. We avoided the usual quick edits and stylized after-effects you often see in performance videos by constructing a practical effect which was really challenging to pull off.”
“Without giving too much away, We only had one chance to shoot it, so what you get is an inspired, genuine, and raw performance, flaws and all. Just like a live rock show should be. What better time to drop it as we set out for our first American tour. Give it a spin, then come see it for yourself.”
ROYAL TUSK has also announced a new batch of European tour dates in support of Monster Truck.
“Since the release of ‘Tusk II,’ we’ve been shown nothing but love and support from our European fans,” says bassist Sandy MacKinnon. “Y’all have raised the bar high, so now it’s time for us to bring it. We couldn’t be more excited to be alongside our rock n roll brethren, Monster Truck. One thing is for sure, this tour is going to rock, rock real hard!”
Dates kick off on April 18 in Bristol, UK and continue on to the Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Denmark, Norway and finally culminate on May 23 in Stockholm, Sweden. This is the first time the band will embark on a full-fledged European tour.
Royal Tusk is about to embark on a batch of U.S. tour dates on the first ever SiriusXM “Accelerator Tour.” The band will be supporting New Zealand rock band LIKE A STORM alongside AFTERLIFE. Dates kicked off on January 23 in Anaheim, CA and stretch coast to coast before wrapping up in Beaver Dam on February 23.
Finally, Royal Tusk has confirmed their participation in the 2019 Rock USA Festival taking place on July 18, 19, 20, 2019 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Tickets are on sale now, click here for more info.
ROYAL TUSK recently released a music video for their current single, “Aftermath” exclusively via Billboard Magazine. Directed by Evan Dennis, this is the first music video the band has released off their LP that came out on October 26, 2018.
“‘Aftermath‘ was inspired by the idea that our culture (especially youth culture) is being desensitized to violence through an overload of media and information,” says vocalist Daniel Carriere. “While wrestling with ideas of isolation, violence, tragedy, and authoritarianism, ‘Aftermath’ asks what we may see looking back when this ever-volatile present has become a distant memory.”
ROYAL TUSK released their eOne debut TUSK II on October 26, 2018, to some high critical praise. Loudwire said that “In an era overlong albums, it’s refreshing to hear a band dive in, kick some ass and leave the listener wanting more.” Beatroute Magazine called Tusk II “an impressive new album that promises to shake us out of conformity with a potent dose of authentic rock music.”
Blue-collar troubadours from the Great White North, ROYAL TUSK are steadfast champions of the majesty of kickass riffs, meaty hooks, a thick bottom end, and loud guitars. The four-piece band born in Edmonton, Albertamount a high-octane assault on the lazy security-blanket, self-aware irony of hipsters and the disingenuous commercial pandering of rock poseurs alike.
This is music with meaning, sometimes even a message, that’s always built around a powerful vibe and uncompromising passion. Royal Tusk is a deeply soulful celebration, brimming with working-class optimism and tempered by renegade realism. On their sophomore-slump-smashing TUSK II, the group summons the effortless energy of an era of rock music when bands weren’t content to merely reverse-engineer hit-making formulas to move units.
Royal Tusk is a band with more in common with Deep Purple and Aerosmith than anything on commercial radio. TUSK II arrives on the heels of their well-received debut, DealBreaker (2016), and their first EP, Mountain (2014).
Trailblazers like Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam defined success on their own terms, putting artistry and authenticity first. Royal Tusk follows in that fine tradition, reveling in unbridled creativity that is provocative, nuanced, and captivating. The laidback charisma of stoner groove, the polished melodicism of classic and progressive rock, and the energy of punk all collide within Royal Tusk, earning them a steadily building buzz as big as their riffs.