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Armed with haunting vocals and synthpop melodies, TUSK inhabit a disco-schizoid fantasy world of multiple personalities to a soundtrack of jagged appropriations of the weirder end of popular music.
Überlin calls TUSK “Bat. Shit. Crazy. (In the best possible way.)”
The upcoming “Lesbian Vampires” EP takes as its starting point an image of homosexual teenage lovers who can only meet at night.
“They imagine themselves as vampires, or maybe they are vampires, and they can only dream about the day.”
The EP echoes Giorgio Moroder/David Bowie collaboration for the 80s horror movie Cat People soundtrack, with sharp, reverb-heavy snares ringing out over uterinal basslines while TUSK’s whispering, calling and chanting intersects with haunting synthesiser leads.
It’s electro-pop (a la Sisters of Mercy) is coloured in by what can only be described as a unique “dirty-tropical” feel.
2012′s Sacrifice was dubbed “synthwave meets sci-fi” by Kaltblut magazine and “space-operatic amazingness” by Blitz Gigs. TUSK’s “Orinoco Flow” cover from Gold was called “disrespectful” by irate Enya fans on Youtube.
The live performances are devastating, with TUSK surrounded by a Praetorian guard of dancers, armed with fierce looks and bubble guns. TUSK has graced the stages of festivals and clubs in London, Melbourne, Zurich, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, among others.
With a background firmly rooted in social and critical theory as well as philosophy, TUSK embraces the Diocletian impossibility of embedding crucial economic, social and epistemological questions within popular music forms.
To that end, TUSK’s other major project is HYENAZ, an attempt to explore the 21st century persona through the metaphor of bottom-feeders on the surface of a planet eating itself. The HYENAZ exquisite creatures whose synthwave soundscapes spring from the surplus and detritus of civilization’s cultural and consumerist material.
TUSK has produced the work of beautiful freaks and weirdos from Berlin and beyond, including V, Berglind Austsdottir and Mary Ocher and has remixed the work of Aniaetleprogrammmeur, Rodeo and, released soon, Sister Mantos.
In 2012, TUSK launched FREUDIAN/SLIT – a record label collective for restless creators of music who have no desire to wait or navigate music industry norms.