Alberta rock trio Royal Tusk announces their third full-length album, Altruistic, due February 23 via MNRK Heavy and releases an accompanying documentary,' Do No Wrong: The Making of Altruistic.'
In addition, they released their new single, “Here On Out” today, with hummable riffs and a chantable chorus. “To me, the more people who resign to their fate and don’t live their true selves, the more fucked up the world becomes,” says frontman Daniel Carriere.
Spending nearly a year writing throughout the pandemic, the trio eventually hunkered down in Alberta’s Audio Department recording studio where they self-produced Altruistic. In the midst of the process, Carriere wound up in the throes of a year-long battle to get healthy after suffering from a blood clot in his lung. He lost over 20lbs and could barely speak
“Sandy [bassist] and Quinn [guitarist] helped me through the entire experience,” Carriere said. “These songs were written prior to this life-changing event, but they still tell a story of struggle, suffering, uncertainty, courage, and watching your back. It’s bizarre how that happened. When I think of them now, they definitely illustrate what we all went through.”
With an unwavering determination, the band faced highs and lows that pushed them to the brink, including an almost career-ending illness that threatened to shatter their dreams. Throughout their trials and tribulations of friendships, brotherhood and tenacity prevail. In the documentary, witness the raw emotion, sweat, and imaginative determination as they pour their hearts and souls into creating what is undeniably one of the most powerful rock albums of the decade.
It's a story of passion, triumph over adversity, and the creation of a musical Tour de force that will redefine your perception of rock 'n' roll and the human spirit.
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Royal Tusk has already released three singles from this record including, “All My Life,” featuring vulnerable verses giving way to a riff-boosted refrain with words of encouragement, then there's “Head Up,” Carriere’s emotionally charged vocal delivery with a head-nodding guitar groove while, “Relegate” stands out as a different kind of love song. Carriere says, “It’s about slipping away and losing your ground in a relationship like you can’t hold on.”
ABOUT ROYAL TUSK
The Alberta trio consists of Daniel Carriere [vocals], Quinn Cyrankiewicz [guitar], and Sandy MacKinnon [bass]. They fuse hypnotic hooks to hard-hitting riffs offset by untethered rhythms and undeniably honest lyrics.
In 2014, the band buzzed out of Edmonton with the Mountain EP. They evolved across releases such as DealBreaker  and Tusk II  which Billboard proclaimed, “The LP steps beyond what fans heard on DealBreaker.” Among many standouts in their catalog, “Curse The Weather'' generated 11 million Spotify streams followed by “Aftermath” with 7 million Spotify streams. They toured with Pop Evil, Monster Truck, Slash, and Big Wreck, and performed on the 2020 ShipRocked Cruise with Beartooth, Halestorm, and Alter Bridge to name a few. One moment, they’ll serve up an earthquake barrage of distortion only to incite a bold stadium-size singalong in the next breath.