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Black Tusk begin recording new E.P. and Tour

Black Tusk live at Underground Arts

Savannah, GA’s Black Tusk have commenced work on new material for their upcoming EP. The EP is scheduled to be released later this Spring via Relapse Records. Drummer James May checked to comment on the progress of the release:

“This new release is a mean one. It reminds me of a new twist on an old days Black Tusk sound. We got back together with Jay and Phillip Cope to turn this out with some of that earlier, brutal sound you might have heard back in the beginning albums. We figured it was about time to see what the old gang could do years later.”

The band will be taking a break from the studio in March for a short run of headline dates, followed up by a run of shows with Today is the Day, KEN Mode and Fight Amp. The tour begins March 1st in Spartanburg, SC and runs through April 7th in Chicago, IL. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Black Tusk is scheduled to appear at this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. Details and location will be announced shortly. Additionally Black Tusk are working with UnBlock the Rock (UBTR), an independent grassroots movement, working tirelessly to bring Cuban metal band Escape to the United States in March for this year’s SXSW Music Festival and Conference in Austin, Texas to perform the first Cuban heavy metal concert on U.S. soil. To help UBTR quickly raise funds over the next few weeks to cover Escape’s travel and visa costs to SXSW, Black Tusk donated a track to The Red Album, UBTR’s first compilation CD now available by donation.

Black Tusk Headline Dates:
3/1: Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
3/2: Chesapeake, VA @ Roger’s Sports Pub (With Iron Reagan)
3/3: Harrisonburg, VA @ Blue Nile
3/4: Frederick, MD @ Café 611
3/5: Reading, PA @ Reverb

Black Tusk with Today is the Day, KEN Mode and Fight Amp:
3/6: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
3/7: Cambridge, MA @ Middle East – Downstairs
3/8: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
3/9: Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary Coast
3/10: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
3/11: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Upstairs)
3/12: Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
3/13: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
3/14: San Antonio, TX @ Korova
3/16: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/17: Dallas, TX @ Sandbar Cantina (headliner)
3/19: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
3/20: Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point Cantina
3/21: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
3/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Satellite
3/24: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
3/25: San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
3/26: Portland, OR @ Rotture
3/27: Seattle, WA @ Highline
3/28: Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
3/29: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
3/30: Kamloops, BC @ Bailey’s Pub
4/1: Calgary, AB @ The Palomino
4/2: Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s
4/4: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
4/5: Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
4/6: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

Top photo by Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri

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