Relapse Records Announces 2014 SXSW Showcase

Relapse Records is proud to announce their official 2014 SXSW Label Showcase.  In partnership with Cvlt Nation, Relapse will be presenting some of their finest new acts at the Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, TX on Wednesday March 12th at 7 PM.  The show will be headlined by Richmond, VA psychedelic doomsters Windhand and will include direct support from Olympia, WA traditional heavy metallers Christian Mistress. The bill will be rounded out with Philadelphia shoegazers Nothing Norwegian death metallers Obliteration Denver, CO’s misanthropic doom trio Primitive Man and NYC progressive death metallers Pyrrhon. Admission is free to SXSW badge holders and wristband wearers, and a limited number of spots will be open to general public at the door day-of.
Additionally, multiple Relapse bands will be in attendance at this year’s SXSW including RingwormIndian, and Black Tusk. More details on their performances will be announced shortly.

 

BLACK TUSK TAKE PART IN CONVERSE X DECIBEL COLLABORATION

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR STARTS OCTOBER 24th

Savannah, Georgia’s BLACK TUSK has taken part in a CONVERSE X DECIBEL collaboration.  In this exclusive video BLACK TUSK shows off their home away from home, their metalworking and carpentry combo studio.  Check out the video HERE.

 

Right now BLACK TUSK are in the midst of a European tour with Fight Amp, which is set to wrap up October 12th. Immediately following those dates, BLACK TUSK will return home for a North American headline tour with label-mates Inter Arma providing support.  These dates kick off October 24th in Johnson City, TN and are scheduled to run through November 15th in Birmingham, AL.

 

BLACK TUSK‘s latest release Tend No Wounds is available in CD, Vinyl and digital formats and can be ordered from the Relapse Records StoreHERE.   The EP can be purchased on iTunesHERE.  The EP is streaming in full on BLACK TUSK‘s Bandcamp Page.

 

Tend No Wounds is a six track EP that takes you on a twenty-minute ride of raging Southern rock and pure adrenaline.  The EP was recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

BLACK TUSK‘s video for the song “Truth Untold” directed by Brad Kremer and produced by Tytan Creates.  It can be viewed HERE.

 

BLACK TUSK European Tour:

08.10.13 UK Southampton @ The Cellar 

09.10.13 UK Manchester @ Alter Ego 

10.10.13 UK Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks 

11.10.13 UK Bath @ Green Park Tavern 

12.10.13 Germany Essen @ Cafe Nova

 

North American Headline Tour with Inter Arma

10/24: Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway

10/25: Chesapeake, VA @ Roger’s Sports Pub

10/26: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

10/27: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

10/30: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

10/31: Baltimore, MD @ Side Bar Tavern

11/1: Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

11/2: Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s

11/3: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge

11/4: St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird

11/5: Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge

11/6: Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note Lounge

11/7: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

11/8: Corpus Christi, TX @ Zero’s

11/9: Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Nites – (Venue TBA)

11/10: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs

11/12: New Orleans, CA @ Siberia

11/13: Broussard, LA @ The Station

11/14: Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar

11/15: Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

 

 

To keep up to date with all things BLACK TUSK please visit:

www.blacktuskterror.com

www.facebook.com/BlackTusk

www.twitter.com/BlackTusk

www.relapse.com

www.bandcamp.com/blacktusk

 

BLACK TUSK Premiere New Video at Noisey.com

 

New EP Tend No Wounds Available Today on Relapse Records

Yesterday saw the release of the long awaited new EP from Savannah Metallers BLACK TUSK.  Tend No Wounds is available in CD, Vinyl and digital formats and can be ordered from the Relapse Records Store HERE.   The EP can be purchased on iTunes HERE.  The EP is streaming in full on BLACK TUSK‘s Bandcamp Page.

 

Today BLACK TUSK has teamed up with Noisey.com for an exclusive premiere of the band’s new video for the song “Truth Untold”.  The video was directed by Brad Kremer and produced by Tytan Creates.  Check out the exclusive premiere of “Truth Untold” HERE.

 

Drummer James May commented on the new video:

 

“Filming the new video was a really fun experience. The guys at TYTAN did a great job and we hope everyone enjoys it as much as we did making it. And a big thanks to all that was in or helped us out with it!”

 

BLACK TUSK will play a select number of regional dates in support of Tend No Wounds. These dates start July 24th in Augusta, GA and run through July 27th in Memphis, TN.

BLACK TUSK will return to Europe this autumn to tour on the back of their brand new EPTend No Wounds. The band will be supported on all dates by Fight Amp.

 

Additionally, Brutal Panda Records has repressed the long out-of-print BLACK TUSK / Fight Amp split 7″, featuring artwork from Baroness frontman John Baizley, specifically for the tour.  The split is also available for order here. http://brutalpandarecords.com/shop/black-tusk-fight-amp-split-7-vinyl/

 

Tend No Wounds is a six track EP that takes you on a twenty minute ride of raging Southern rock and pure adrenaline, providing the perfect stop-gap between their last album  – Set The Dial – and their next. The EP was recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

The tracklisting is:

 

1. A Cold Embrace

2. Enemy of Reason

3. The Weak and the Wise

4. Internal/Eternal

5. Truth Untold

6. In Days of Woe

 

North American Dates:

July 24                        Augusta, GA                          Sky City

July 25                        Chattanooga, TN                    JJ’s Bohemia

July 26                        Louisville, KY                        Diamond Pub

July 27                        Memphis, TN                          New Daisy Theater

 

Full European tour dates are:

 

13.09.13 Germany Frankfurt @ 11er

14.09.13 Belgium Antwerpen @ Trix

16.09.13 France Toulouse @ Le Saint des Seins

17.09.13 Spain Barcelona @ Razzmatazz 3

18.09.13 Spain Madrid @ La Boite

19.09.13 Portugal Porto @ Armazém do Chá

20.09.13 Spain Bilbao @ Azkena

21.09.13 France Montpellier @ Secret Place

22.09.13 Italy Milano @ Lo Fi Club

23.09.13 Germany München @ Feierwerk

24.09.13 Switzerland Geneve @ l’usine

25.09.13 Switzerland Zürich @ Dynamo Werk 21

26.09.13 Austria Wien @ Arena

27.09.13 Poland Wroclaw @ Obserwatorium

28.09.13 Poland Bydgoszcz @  Estrada stagebar

29.09.13 Czech Rep Prague @ 007

30.09.13 Germany Berlin @ Cassiopeia

01.10.13 Germany Hamburg @ Hafenklang

02.10.13 Norway Stavanger @ Checkpoint Charlie

03.10.13 Norway Oslo @ Revolver

04.10.13 Sweden Linköping @ Lorient

06.10.13 Holland Hengelo @ Metropool KZ

07.10.13 UK London @ Barfly

08.10.13 UK Southampton @ The Cellar

09.10.13 UK Manchester @ Alter Ego

10.10.13 UK Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks

11.10.13 UK Bath @ Green Park Tavern

12.10.13 Germany Essen @ Cafe Nova

 

To keep up to date with all things BLACK TUSK please visit:

www.facebook.com/BlackTusk

www.twitter.com/BlackTusk

www.relapse.com

www.bandcamp.com/blacktusk

BLACK TUSK Announce European Tour

BLACK TUSK have confirmed that they will return to Europe this autumn to tour on the back of their brand new EP Tend No Wounds. The trio from Savannah, Georgia will be supported on all dates by Fight Amp.

 

The band commented:

 

BLACK TUSK is excited to be returning to Europe and the UK to support our new EP Tend No Wounds.  This will be our first time extensively touring the UK as well and we are excited to see new cities show up on the routing that aren’t usually there.  We couldn’t be sharing the stage with a bunch of better dudes than Fight Amp and we are looking forward to slaying some shows and drinking some beers with all our buddies on the other side of the pond!”

 

Additionally, Brutal Panda Records has repressed the long out-of-print BLACK TUSK / Fight Amp split 7″, featuring artwork from Baroness frontman John Baizley, specifically for the tour.  The split is also available for order here. http://brutalpandarecords.com/shop/black-tusk-fight-amp-split-7-vinyl/

 

Tend No Wounds is a six track EP that takes you on a twenty minute ride of raging Southern rock and pure adrenaline, providing the perfect stop-gap between their last album  – Set The Dial– and their next. The EP was recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina. Tend No Wounds will be available in CD, Vinyl and digital formats and can be pre-ordered from the Relapse Records Store HERE.

 

BLACK TUSK has also announced a handful of regional tour dates for this summer.  They start July 24th in Augusta, GA and runs through July 27th in Memphis, TN.

The tracklisting is:

1. A Cold Embrace

2. Enemy of Reason

3. The Weak and the Wise

4. Internal/Eternal

5. Truth Untold

6. In Days of Woe

 

Full European tour dates are:

 

13.09.13 Germany Frankfurt @ 11er

14.09.13 Belgium Antwerpen @ Trix

16.09.13 France Toulouse @ Le Saint des Seins

17.09.13 Spain Barcelona @ Razzmatazz 3

18.09.13 Spain Madrid @ La Boite

19.09.13 Portugal Porto @ Armazém do Chá

20.09.13 Spain Bilbao @ Azkena

21.09.13 France Montpellier @ Secret Place

22.09.13 Italy Milano @ Lo Fi Club

23.09.13 Germany München @ Feierwerk

24.09.13 Switzerland Geneve @ l’usine

25.09.13 Switzerland Zürich @ Dynamo Werk 21

26.09.13 Austria Wien @ Arena

27.09.13 Poland Wroclaw @ Obserwatorium

28.09.13 Poland Bydgoszcz @  Estrada stagebar

29.09.13 Czech Rep Prague @ 007

30.09.13 Germany Berlin @ Cassiopeia

01.10.13 Germany Hamburg @ Hafenklang

02.10.13 Norway Stavanger @ Checkpoint Charlie

03.10.13 Norway Oslo @ Revolver

04.10.13 Sweden Linköping @ Lorient

06.10.13 Holland Hengelo @ Metropool KZ

07.10.13 UK London @ Barfly  

08.10.13 UK Southampton @ The Cellar 

09.10.13 UK Manchester @ Alter Ego 

10.10.13 UK Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks 

11.10.13 UK Bath @ Green Park Tavern

12.10.13 Germany Essen @ Cafe Nova

 

North American Dates:

July 24                        Augusta, GA                           Sky City

July 25                        Chattanooga, TN                    JJ’s Bohemia

July 26                        Louisville, KY                         Diamond Pub

July 27                        Memphis, TN                                     New Daisy Theater

 

 

To keep up to date with all things BLACK TUSK please visit:

www.facebook.com/BlackTusk

www.twitter.com/BlackTusk

www.relapse.com

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Brutal Panda Records Announces 7″ Subscription Series

Brutal Panda Records is proud to announce their first ever vinyl subscription series.  The label will be releasing four split 7″s throughout the remainder of 2013, with a new 7″ being released every couple of months.  The series is kicking off with a repress of the long out of print Black Tusk / Fight Amp split featuring artwork from Baroness frontman John Baizley.  The remaining 7″s will feature brand new and exclusive tracks from:

Kowloon Walled City
Helms Alee

Whores

Ladder Devils

Rabbits

Batillus

There will be a limit of 100 subscriptions available.  All subscribers will receive an exclusive vinyl color for each release in along with the  chance at winning a test press of one of the titles.    The subscription is currently available for purchase at this location while the Black Tusk / Fight Amp split is available for order here with the Fight Amp side streaming here.BrutalPanda_460x212

BLACK TUSK Premiere Video on Invisible Oranges and Brooklyn Vegan – New Tour Dates Announced

Savannah, GA’s BLACK TUSK will release their new EP Tend No Wounds on July 23rd via Relapse Records.  The EP was recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC.   The artwork was created by Brian Mercer (Eyehategod, Lamb of God, Zoroaster).

Tend No Wounds will be available in CD, Vinyl and digital formats and can be pre-ordered from the Relapse Records Store.

Today the band has teamed up with Invisible Oranges and Brooklyn Vegan for an exclusive premiere of their video for the song “In Days of Woe”.  Check it out on Invisible Oranges HEREand on Brooklyn Vegan HERE.

BLACK TUSK has also announced a handful of regional tour dates for this summer.  They start July 24th in Augusta, GA and runs through July 27th in Memphis, TN.

Tend No Wounds is a 6 song/20 minute blast of high octane raging Southern rock/metal that merges the classic original backwoods metallic hardcore Black Tusk sound with the newer more polished rock based tunes the band has honed after years on the road on the road with bands like Baroness, Skeletonwitch, Mastodon, Kvelertak and more.

 

Updated BLACK TUSK news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website and BLACK TUSK Facebook page.

 

Tend No Wounds Tracklisting:

1.     A Cold Embrace

2.     Enemy of Reason

3.     The Weak and the Wise

4.     Internal/Eternal

5.     Truth Untold

6.     In Days of Woe

 

Black Tusk Live:

July 24                        Augusta, GA                           Sky City

July 25                        Chattanooga, TN                    JJ’s Bohemia

July 26                        Louisville, KY                         Diamond Pub

July 27                        Memphis, TN                                     New Daisy Theater

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BLACK TUSK Confirm Release Date, Reveal Artwork for Tend No Wounds EP

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Savannah, GA’s BLACK TUSK have confirmed a July 23rd release date for their new EP entitled Tend No Wounds via Relapse Records.  The EP was recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC.   Today the band has unveiled the artwork, which was created by Brian Mercer (Eyehategod, Lamb of God, Zoroaster).

Tend No Wounds will be available in CD, Vinyl and digital formats and can be pre-ordered from the Relapse Records Store HERE.  A trailer for the EP can be viewed HERE.

Tend No Wounds is a 6 song/20 minute blast of high octane raging Southern rock/metal that merges the classic original backwoods metallic hardcore Black Tusk sound with the newer more polished rock based tunes the band has honed after years on the road on the road with bands like Baroness, Skeletonwitch, Mastodon, Kvelertak and more. 

 

BLACK TUSK recently wrapped up a North American tour with Kvelertak and Cancer Bats.  A European tour is being plotted now and dates should be announced shortly.

Updated BLACK TUSK news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website and BLACK TUSK Facebook page.

 

Tend No Wounds Tracklisting:

1.     A Cold Embrace

2.     Enemy of Reason

3.     The Weak and the Wise

4.     Internal/Eternal

5.     Truth Untold

6.     In Days of Woe

 

 

Black Tusk: Reveal New EP Title

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Savannah, GA’s BLACK TUSK have completed recording their upcoming EP which is scheduled to be released later this Spring via Relapse Records.  The EP was recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC. Today BLACK TUSK has revealed the EP’s title as “Tend No Wounds”. More information including artwork and tracklisting will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The band is getting ready to hit the road with Kvelertak and Cancer Bats. Before the tour beginsBLACK TUSK will be playing two headline gigs April 19th and 20th. The tour supporting Kvlertak runs from April 22nd in Detroit, MI through May 25th in Raleigh, NC

 

BLACK TUSK latest release Set The Dial is streaming in full at this location. The album is available for purchase via Relapse.com here and iTunes here.

 

Updated BLACK TUSK news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website and BLACK TUSK Facebook page.

BLACK TUSK Tour Dates:

 

BLACK TUSK on Tour:

4/19: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge (Headline)

4/20: Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub & Billiards (Headline)

 

w/Kvelertak and Cancer Bats

 

4/21: Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge

4/22: Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall – The Shelter

4/23: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater

4/24: Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop

4/25: Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

4/27: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

4/28: Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theater

4/30: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

5/1: Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue

5/2: Boise, ID @ The Venue

5/3: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

5/4: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

5/5: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater

5/7: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

5/8: West Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theatre

5/9: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto

5/11: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s – Downstairs

5/12: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

5/13: Austin, TX @ Red 7

5/14: Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall

5/15: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

5/17: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall

5/18: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

5/19: Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel

5/20: Allston, MA @ Great Scott

5/21: Montreal, QC @ Katacombes

5/22: Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room

5/23: Buffalo, NY @ Funeral Home w/ Vitamin-X

5/24: Huntington, WV @ V Club (Headline)

5/25: Raleigh, NC @ The Pour House Music Hall (Headline)

Relapse Records Announces SXSW Showcase Set Times

Renowned independent heavy music label, Relapse Records, has teamed up with Austin, TX’s premiere heavy music festival, Chaos in Tejas, to put together an unforgettable night of auditory madness at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.  The official showcase will feature a stage curated by each group and will take place at Red 7 on Saturday March 16th from 8 PM to 2 AM.  The showcase will be free to all SXSW badge and wristband holders and open to the general public on a first come first serve basis.  Further details on the showcase will be available via the Red 7 website at this location.

The Relapse Records stage will be headlined by Savannah, GA’s sludge-rock warriors Black Tusk and feature sets from Relapse label-mates Royal Thunder, ASG, Howl, Inter Arma, and Call of the Void.

The Chaos In Tejas stage will be headlined by New Orleans bounce superstar Big Freedia and include performances from a diverse lineup including Antwon, Iron Lung, Power Trip, Merchandise, Parquet Courts and the Novice.

Relapse Records formed in 1990 and has released albums from a wide array of artists over the past 23 years including Mastodon, Red Fang, Baroness, Amorphis, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suffocation, Neurosis, Dying Fetus and many more.  The label recently released a 20 song sampler in tribute to Pat Egan, their longtime Director of Sales, who tragically passed away on Monday February 18th of pneumonia.  The sampler is available for purchase here with all proceeds benefitting his daughter’s college fund.

Chaos In Tejas takes over Austin for the 9th year May 30 through June 2.  The fest is a nice lil mix of punk, hardcore, metal, hip hop, garage rock, indie rock and all points in between from around the world.  This year’s line up features The Damned, The Bats, Infest, Iceage, Framtid, Merchandise, Grouper, the Rats, Tragedy, Andy Stott, Akitsa, the Marked Men, Terveet Kadet and much much more.  For a complete line up and more info click here and to purchase tickets click here.

 

Set Times Are As Follows:

8 – 8:35 – Call of the Void

8:55 – 9:35 – Inter Arma

9:55 – 10:35 – Howl

10:55 – 11:35 – ASG

11:55 – 12:35 – Royal Thunder

12:55 – 1:35 – Black Tusk

 

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Black Tusk: Complete New EP, Kick Off North American Tour Dates/Mr. Smalls March 10

Savannah, GA’s BLACK TUSK have completed recording their upcoming EP which is scheduled to be released later this Spring via Relapse Records.  The EP, recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC, will serve as a gateway between 2011’s Set The Dialand the band’s next full-length.

The band recently hit the road for a short run of headline dates, followed up by a month long run of shows with Today is the Day, KEN Mode and Fight Amp then a two week run with Kvelertak and Cancer Bats. A complete list of dates can be found below.

 

BLACK TUSK is also scheduled to appear at this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. The group will be headlining both the Rock of Ages Tattoo Showcase at Yellow Jacket Social Club on Friday March 15th with label mates Howl and True Widow and the Official Relapse Records / Chaos in Tejas Showcase with ASG, Royal Thunder, Howl, Inter Arma and Call of the Void on Saturday March 16th at Red 7.  Details on both of these showcases are available below.

 

BLACK TUSK latest release Set The Dial is streaming in full at this location. The album is available for purchase via Relapse.com here and iTunes here.

 

Updated BLACK TUSK news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website and BLACK TUSK Facebook page.

BLACK TUSK Tour Dates:

 

Mar 05         Reading, PA         Reverb

***All Dates w/ Today is the Day, KENMode, & Fight Amp***

 

Mar 06        Brooklyn, NY        Saint Vitus Bar

Mar 07        Cambridge, MA        Middle East Downstairs

Mar 08        New York, NY        The Studio at Webster Hall

Mar 09        Washington DC         Rock and Roll Hotel
Mar 10        Millvale, PA        Mr. Smalls    

Mar 11        Atlanta, GA        The Masquerade (Upstairs)

Mar 12        Tampa, FL        The Local 662
Mar 13        New Orleans, LA    Siberia
Mar 14        San Antonio, TX        Korova (SXSW Tone Deaf ) No Fight Amp

Mar 15        Austin, TX        Yellow Jacket Social Club (Rock of Ages Tattoo SXSW Showcase)

Mar 16        Austin, TX        Red 7 (Relapse Records / Chaos in Tejas Official SXSW Showcase)
Mar 17        Dallas, TX        The Double Wide, Spillover Fest,    No Fight Amp
Mar 19        Albuquerque, NM    Launchpad
Mar 20        Tempe, AZ        Rocky Point Cantina
Mar 21        San Diego, CA        Brick By Brick
Mar 22        Los Angeles, CA    Satellite

Mar 24        Santa Cruz, CA        Atrium at The Catalyst
Mar 25        San Francisco, CA    Elbo Room
Mar 26        Portland, CA        Rotture
Mar 27        Seattle, WA        The Highline
Mar 28        Bellingham, WA        The Shakedown
Mar 29        Vancouver, BC        Rickshaw Theater
Mar 31        Edmonton AB         Pawn Shop
April 01        Calgary, AB        The Palomino
April 02        Saskatoon, SK        Amigos Cantina
April 04        Winnipeg, MB                Pyramid
April 05        Fargo, ND        The Aquarium
April 06        Minneapolis, MN    Triple Rock Social Club
April 07        Chicago, IL        Empty Bottle

***All dates with Kvlertak and Cancer Bats***

April  22     Detroit, MI         Shelter     St. Andrews
April  24     Cleveland, OH         The Grog Shop
April  25     Columbus, OH         Ace of Cups
April  28     Lawrence, KS         Granada Theatre
April  30     Denver, CO         Larimer Lounge
May 01         Salt Lake City, UT     In The Venue
May 11         Houston, TX         Fitzgerald’s (Downstairs)
May 12         Dallas, TX         Club Dada
May 13         Austin, TX         Red 7
May 15         Nashville, TN         Exit/In
May 18         Philadelphia, PA     Underground Arts
May 21         Montreal, QC         Les Katacombes

May 22         Toronto, ON         The Wreck Room

BLACK COWGIRL ALBUM TO SEE NATIONAL RELEASE

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania’s BLACK COWGIRL will see the North American release of their self-titled double ep released via Restricted Release on May 14. The 11-song recording was produced by the band with mixing and recording by Rich Gavalis. The national release of Black Cowgirl has been expanded to include lyrics previously unavailable on the version of the album sold at live performances and the band’s official webstore. It showcases the unique illustration work of Adrian Brouch.

“Here is truly a 120-proof bottle of the finest blend of traditional rock, grunge, and grooves to escape this hilly Pennsylvania terrain,” says Heavy Planet. “If you want riffs, this album has got it in spades,” adds Sludgelord. BLACK COWGIRL recently performed at West Chester’s The Note alongside England’s Viking Skull. It was the UK rocker’s final show. BLACK COWGIRL vocalist/guitarist Ben McGuire shares, “the Viking Skull guys have always been great to us. It is a shame it was their last show. We played our first show with them a couple years ago and were honored to play their last, though I won’t be surprised if they come back from the grave down the road.”

Black Cowgirl will also include a recently recorded cover of “I’m Not Awake Yet” by Rory Gallagher. One of the late Irish singer/guitarist’s most popular songs, it is a tough one for any band to tackle. “I’m Not Awake Yet” is one of our favorite Rory Gallagher songs,” notes McGuire. “We talked about recording it for a while because we felt like it fit in with our other songs pretty well. We are all big fans of his mellow songs that are often overshadowed by his blues rock songs. There is just something about the sad, desperate, lonely feeling he captures in some of his low key songs that strikes a chord with what we are trying to do.”

Originally conceived as a one-man instrumental project by McGuire, BLACK COWGIRL’s current incarnation took shape in 2008. Guitarist Nathan Rosenzweig, bassist Chris Casse, and drummer Mark Hanna with McGuire initially united their talents to record six songs. Recorded quickly, three days in fact, the band immediately set out on tour supporting local heros CKY. Drummer Jess Margera was immediately impressed by the band. “BLACK COWGIRL kicks ass,” he says. “The band combines all the best elements of classic rock, groove rock, and even some prog at times.” Since that maiden tour, BLACK COWGIRL has shared the stage with Graveyard, The Company Band, Radio Moscow, Karma to Burn, Black Tusk, Monstro, and many others.

Complete track listing for Black Cowgirl is:
1. Talk of Wolves
2. Roadmaster
3. The Ride
4. Alkaline
5. Dead House
6. Eclipsor
7. Weight of Oblivion
8. Three Seasons
9. Solarizer
10. Becoming Nothing
11.Unio Mystica
12. I’m Not Awake Yet

BLACK TUSK Begin Work on New EP/Mr. Smalls Appearance in Pittsburgh MARCH 10

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 at http://www.unblocktherock.com.

BLACK TUSK latest release Set The Dial is streaming in full at this location.

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