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Gig Photos: Royal Tusk at The 27 Club

By Marc Lepage on February 29, 2020

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Local support act NORTHGANG kicked off the night with a crushing opening set. They recently released a video for their eponymous track, which has a killer guitar hook and soaring chorus. The band closed their set with a solid cover of “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine.

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From Toronto, Sights & Sounds have been described by Exclaim! as creating “stark, almost atmospheric soundscapes that are equal parts anger, aggression and artistic instrumentation,” which is 100% accurate.

They played a mix of older material as well as a number of songs from their most recent album, No Virtue. Standout songs of the night were “Within My Reach,” “Serpentine,” and “Resurface.”

Despite some technical difficulties occurring throughout their set, BRKN LOVE vowed to forge on and rock Ottawa, which they absolutely did. If you listen to rock radio, you have almost certainly heard their single “Shot Down” on heavy rotation.

BRKN LOVE’s debut album was just released this month, and it is a solid display of heavy rock riffs, grooves and powerful choruses.

One of my favourite bands, Canadian rockers Royal Tusk have been honing their craft on the road for the last few years, including a run as openers for Slash in the United States.

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The band continues to support their second full-length album, TUSK II. Last night was my third time seeing them in Ottawa and they just keep getting better and better.

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By the time they hit the stage, The 27 Club was jam packed with fans eager to see the Edmonton band. Royal Tusk was last in town for Rebel 101.7’s birthday bash, last summer.

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The band’s raucous set leaned heavily on their most recent album, but also included a few songs from their previous effort, 2016’s Dealbreaker. They even slowed things down a bit, with the soulful, “So Long The Buildup.” The crowd went into a frenzy when they threw in a cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.”

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Royal Tusk gets heavy airplay on local rock radio, with tracks like, “Aftermath” and “Die Knowing” from their most recent album.

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The band’s set was high energy, and they definitely got a warm welcome from the enthusiastic crowd.

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Wrapping up just before 11pm, the band stated numerous times how appreciative they were for the amazing crowd. Singer Daniel Carriere said something to the effect that when you spend your whole day on the bus, that it’s night like this that are what it’s all about. The band’s Thunder on the Tundra tour continues on with a few more dates in Quebec and Ontario.