For Fans Of: Drug Church / Basement / Microwave
Like Sad Son, Tuskie are another rare, great thing to come out of the pandemic. Started as a quarantine project, the band roles quickly snapped into place and the five members started creating together. With grunge, punk and emo elements all fused into one big, beautiful sound, we now chat to guitarist Kevin Nielsen about their influences, beginnings and recording their EP.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Explain the band name – wrong answers only. Also tell us a little more about how long you’ve been going for, the music you play and more.
The band name is a reference to the memory of Howard Tuskington, may he rest in peace.
This band began at the beginning of quarantine and was born from the boredom of solitude. We take influence from bands in the vein of Basement, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies etc… We’re a group of close friends who met either through childhood and just the music scene around the Cleveland and Lakewood areas playing shows together in our previous bands.
“We posted a demo of the song ‘Overthinking’ and the positive response to it left us with the question of “well what if?”.”
Do you remember that lightbulb moment where you realised music was what you wanted to do?
I remember sitting in the car with my siblings and my babysitter when I was maybe seven or eight years old. My babysitter was listening The Used’s self titled album and ‘The Taste of Ink’ came on and I just thought it was the coolest song ever (still do). That song was the one that threw me head first into the deep end of emo music. Ever since then, I’ve been striving to write music that gives me that same feeling.
Who’s on your Mount Rushmore if it was a music memorial and why?
Gerard Way for being one of the most purely creative people in all aspects of My Chemical Romance, from the art to the music itself. Jim Adkins for his ability to write the most cinematic music without necessarily having any visual elements to every song. Bert McCracken for being the absolute weirdest person and simultaneously the coolest person. And Fred Mascherino for being able to turn everything he touches into the catchiest pieces of music I’ve ever heard, from Louder Now to The Color Fred.
You’ve just written Demo. What inspired you to write it?
This project kind of started out as a little bedroom project between myself and Jon, our vocalist. It was never really meant to be anything more than a way to kill the time and satisfy the urge to make music in quarantine. We posted a demo of the song ‘Overthinking’ and the positive response to it left us with the question of “well what if?”. From there, we assembled a line up and polished up a couple ideas that turned into our 2021 Demo.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world)… clowns, fun or creepy?
What good have clowns ever done anyone? Creepy for sure.
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