"The driving guitar and drum work of the song pulls the listener in, with vocalist Daniel Carriere hitting his upper register nearly reaching a scream on the song." - LOUDWIRE 

“In an era overlong albums, it’s refreshing to hear a band dive in, kick some ass and leave the listener wanting more.” - LOUDWIRE

“TUSK II is an impressive new album that promises to shake us out of conformity with a potent dose of authentic rock music.” - BeatRoute Magazine

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020 – Today, Royal Tusk release the official video for their well-known single, Die Knowing, off of the band’s most recent album, Tusk II, released via Entertainment One in 2018. For Royal Tusk, 2020 will start off with their all Canadian coast-to-coast, Thunder on the Tundra tour with the first show kicking off on February 9 in Red Deer at Bo’s Bar. The tour will continue across the west coast and land in Ontario to wrap up 19 date tour on March 6 in St. Catharines at Warehouse. All tour details can be found below. Watch the official video for Die Knowing here.  

Royal Tusk’s bassist, Sandy MacKinnon on Die Knowing, “Every time we play Die Knowing the audience always locks into the song’s deeps groove. The band and crowd have that special moment where we’re all bangin’ our heads in unison. The video captures the energy and grooviness that Die Knowing it all about, the fact that it’s animated is quite the cherry on top!”

The video was produced by Edmonton based illustrator, designer and director, Keenan Kirk, who has also worked with other Canadian artists like Whale And The Wolf and Tropic Harbour. The video is shot with an animated comic book-like lens overtop, and focuses on the band performing while a figure of a woman the song is directed at, appears amongst the performance and throughout the rest of the song.

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, 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 arrived 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.

With a powerful live set that mirrors the tenacity of their sound, you can catch Royal Tusk on the road next year. Their Thunder on the Tundra tour will kick off in Red Deer, Alberta on February 9 at Bo’s Bar, making stops through Saskatoon, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, wrapping in St. Catharines, Ontario on March 6 at Warehouse. See a complete list of dates below.

February 9 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar *
February 11 – Regina, SK – Exchange *
February 14 – Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s *
February 16 – Kamloops, BC – Blue Grotto *
February 17 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret *
February 19 – Kelowna, BC – Club Sapphire
February 20 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway *
February 21 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room *
February 22 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre *
February 23 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre*
February 26 – London, ON – Rum Runners
February 27 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace *
February 28 – Ottawa, ON – 27 Club *
February 29 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz *
March 1 – Quebec City, QC – L’anti ~
March 3 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion ^
March 4 – Peterborough, ON – Gordon Best ^
March 5 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s^
March 6 – St. Catharines, ON – Warehouse ^
* with Sights & Sounds
~ only Royal Tusk and Brkn Love
^ includes Ready The Prince

Watch Die Knowing:

Listen to TUSK II:

Royal Tusk is:
Daniel Carriere – Vocals/Guitars // Sandy MacKinnon – Bass
Quinn Cyrankiewicz – Guitar // Calen Stuckel – Drums

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