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, DealBraker (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.
LINES STILL STRETCH AROUND THE BLOCK AT CLUBS, WAREHOUSES, AND THEATRES ON A NIGHTLY BASIS WORLDWIDE.
Amplifiers still blare out of suburban garages everywhere. Guitars, drums, and bass still translate the emotion and energy of a generation better than anything. No matter what prevailing opinion may be, rock music still maintains its foothold just behind the pop culture curtain—as if in the wings waiting to return.
BRKN LOVE carry on this tradition, while evolving it. Toronto singer and guitarist Justin Benlolo envisions a fresh future for the genre on the band’s 2019 full-length debut for Spinefarm Records produced by Joel Hamilton [Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights].
“When I first thought about starting a band, it needed all of the elements of rock ‘n’ roll that I respond to—big guitars, big drums, and big vocals,” he explains. “I didn’t want it to be too complex. It had to be something everybody could digest in a short and sweet format. It’s alternative, but it’s also heavy. I try to get right to the point. There are so many of these kids still showing up to shows and moshing to real rock music. That’s refreshing. There’s still a place for something authentic. That’s what I want to provide.”
Throughout history, Kings and Queens have ruled their respective civilizations. Inevitably, each and every reign of power must come to an end, much like that of the long history of Rock & Roll supremacy. 2018 marks one of the darkest hours for lovers of unabashed guitar bands. The ever shifting “pop” spotlight now shines miles away - some would go as far as saying widespread rock music is forever dead, and that the Kings and Queens have all gone and passed.
When they say the king is dead, we say Ready the Prince.
Sad, slow and beautiful it's your local town boys holding it down.
Niall Jensen - LV/Guitar
Blake Redden - BV/Guitar
Tai Timbers - BV/Bass
Adam Woodhouse - Drums