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Iron Tusk: From the plains of Siksika Nation

Monday 06th, March 2017 / 20:56
By Hannah Many Guns

A little Mastodon, a little Sabbath, a little improv.
Photo: Unfolding Creative

CALGARY – “I guess you can say we’re a Rockin’ 4 Dollar$ baby,” states drummer Carlin Black Rabbit of his new metal band Iron Tusk. “Our very first show was there last January.”

“That’s where we got better with chemistry,” says Joe Duck Chief, lead guitarist.

After first jamming together on the intimate stage at Broken City, the Siksika-goo-wan musicians – already in bands No More Moments and West End Rangers – saw that there was opportunity in taking the project more seriously.

They officially formed as Iron Tusk in August of 2016, producing a few songs in Black Rabbit’s Mom’s kitchen. As of today, the band consists of four members: Carlin on drums, Joe and Ty on guitar, and Buddy on bass – each member taking a swing at vocals.

“We’re playing just straight up heavy rock ‘n’ roll,” expresses Black Rabbit. “Loud guitar and loud drums.” Naming themselves after a Mastodon song, the band draws heavy influence from their sound. “We like to try to put it into a groove as much as possible, though, kinda like Sabbath,” adds Duck Chief.

The band recorded their EP Flooded Times in just two-days last October with Transistor 66 Records. “Actually getting into a studio and working with someone that has years of experience has given us our best product,” says Black Rabbit. In January, the band added three more live CJSW session tracks to the EP, including an alternate take of fan favorite “Dark Waters.”
“From the original recording of ‘Dark Waters’ to what it is now, we’re really spontaneous with it. There was one point we jammed it out for ten minutes when we were playing a show,” says Black Rabbit.

“We like to drag it on and mess with the crowd,” adds Duck Chief. The band’s live performance of the song delves deep into improvisation, so you’ll never hear the same version twice.

“We’re experimenting in it… We want to add an organ to it for the live show. It’s one of those songs where we have that creative freedom,” continues Black Rabbit.
Iron Tusk hopes to release a full length LP this coming fall, so they’ll be going into writing mode until then. “It’s not gonna’ be your basic 4/4 structure. We’re not going to sell ourselves short for this one,” ensures Black Rabbit. “It’s going to be a loud album. It’s going to be a banger.” Flooded Times is available for download on iTunes and Bandcamp.

Catch Iron Tusk live at Nite Owl on March 11th for their cassette release with openers Oxeneer, Bazaraba, and Empty Visionaries. They’ll also be on the bill for MomentsFest 3 in Siksika Nation on May 20th.

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