NEWS: Tusks returns with Total Entertainment on October 23 ...announce tour dates

Tusks returns with Total Entertainment (Static Clang) on Tuesday, October 23. The band is performing throughout Ontario and Quebec this October and November in support of the release. Dates are listed below. 
Tusks has been the human song vehicle of Samir Khan since approximately 2005. Coming of age in late 90s/ early 2000’s Canadian indie rock scene (Kepler, Snailhouse, Weights & Measures), Tusks has been relatively quiet of late, rarely peering above ground after releasing a well-received 6-song EP in 2008. Plagued with a bit of writer’s block, Khan contemplated letting the group fold after the departure of drummer Robin Buckley and guitarist Julien Beillard.
2010 saw a change of heart, with a renewed purpose and a willingness to build on a peculiarly unique take on pop rock. Along with collaborator Shaw-han Liem (I am robot and proud, Sea Snakes, Jim Guthrie Band), Khan invited drummer Steven McKay (Bruce Peninsula, the Steven McKay Project) and guitarist Jordan Howard (The Skeletones Four, The Magic, The Acorn, Cuff the Duke, and Allie Hughes) to weigh in.
On Total Entertainment you hear a both a classic record collection and a forward-thinking sensibility, seething one moment, soothing the next. Here twitchy pub-punk and breezy jangle rock numbers sit with sparse ballads and left-field epic art-rock excursions. You hear ornate melodies and vocal arrangements and chord progressions that don’t always land where you expect. It’s rare to have a set of songs where the barnstorming attack of “Wake Them Up” will appear so comfortably beside the lush, feedback drenched swoon of “Little Pirouettes. But Total Entertainment is the kind of album, where you’ll hear the echoes of everything from the Police to the Byrds.

Tusks - Total Entertainment
 01. Little Pirouettes
 02. Oceans
 03. Family Arms
 04. New To Old Money
 05. Wake Them Up 
 06. Syllables
 07. In The Beginning / Give It Time
 08. To See It Through
Upcoming tour dates:
October 24: Guelph, ON @ Ebar (Kazoo!)
October 25: London, ON @ APK Live
October 26: St. Catherines, ON @ Rise Above
November 1: Toronto, ON @ The Piston (w/ Gentlemen of Leisure)
November 2: Ottawa, ON @ Raw Sugar Cafe (w/ Winchester Warm)
November 3: Montreal, PQ @ Casa del Popolo (w/ Michael Feuerstack)
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Press release provided by Pigeon Row


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