Royal Tusk have released new video / single ‘Reflection‘; directed by Keenan Kirk, this is the second video from the band’s latest LP, ‘TUSK II‘.
“The video for Reflection was a blast to make,” say 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 have 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 18th April in Bristol, UK and continue on to BeNeLux, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Denmark, Norway and finally culminate on 23rd May in Stockholm, Sweden. This is the first time the band will embark on a fully-fledged European tour.
UK dates with Monster Truck:
18.04.2019 – Bristol, O2 Academy
19.04.2019 – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
20.04.2019 – Manchester, O2 Academy 2
22.04.2019 – Glasgow, SWG3 TV Studio
23.04.2019 – Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
25.04.2019 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
26.04.2019 – Norwich, Waterfront
27.04.2019 – London, Electric Ballroom
ROYAL TUSK are 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. The band have also been confirmed to play the 2019 Rock USA Festival taking place on July 18th, 19th, 20th 2019 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
ROYAL TUSK released their eOne debut TUSK II on 26th October 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 kick-ass riffs, meaty hooks, a thick bottom end, and loud guitars. The four-piece band born in Edmonton, Alberta mount 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).