Tusk, Her is a three piece garage outfit that loves to look loathsome. The group has not only a solid handle on their sound, a dirty blues garage rock infusion, but has a solid handle on their (I’m assuming) intended atmosphere; Tusk, Her has a very well designed logo, a well dressed team and they’re spooky as hell to boot.
The trio that used to be a duo is made up of Amanda K. Salazar on vocals and guitar, the masked Nathan Mellott on drums and Nick Miller on lead guitar and, as their Facebook says, “moves,” whatever that may mean.
Mellott’s mask, a bizarre, beaked and bearded white face that he wears at all the shows, adds to the otherworldly mystique surrounding the group, a mystique that is further supplemented by Miller’s silence and Salazar’s distorted, almost pained singing.
Probably their biggest song, “Church Boots,” has a brilliant music video that is entirely made up of clips of Pentecostal snake-handlers.
This, coupled with Mellott’s mask and the rough vocals, all work together to create a sort of Southern occultist sound. When I asked him about it he had this to say:
“We’re just trying to play what we’re not hearing, which is some sexy rock and roll,” Mellott said.
I explained to him that I could definitely feel their drive to be something new, and commented on the unique sort of product that he, Salazar and Miller helped create. Mellott’s reply turned the spotlight to Salazar:
“She’s a brilliant writer, a really talented lyricist,” he said.
Since their last music (an album stylistically titled as ———) came out in June last year, their recent Facebook announcement of new music on the way was an exciting update. With a larger band and new music on the way, the current evolution of Tusk, Her is an exciting one. If you’re looking for something to stomp your feet to, or you’re going for a long drive out west, Tusk, Her has the tracks you need to hear.
(Feature Photo Courtesy of Breezy Ritter Photography.)