With the release of her live album, a live show booked for October, and a live video for her track Avalanche, we thought it was time to catch up with one of our faves – Tusks.
Tusks (Emily Underhill) is a London based artist and producer, known for her ambient, thundering and emotive music. Borne from electronic beginnings, Tusks’ debut album ‘Dissolve’, released in 2017, saw cathartic anthems like ‘Last’ and ‘Toronto’ (a track now with over 4m Spotify streams and counting) draw comparisons to Explosions In The Sky, Sigur Ros, Daughter and Cinematic Orchestra, championed by BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne and BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, MixMag, DIY, LOBF, MOJO, 405, Wonderland and more.
Last Friday Tusks launched her new album ‘Live at Village Underground’ (via One Little Independent Records), an incredible 14 track offering, recorded live at her headline show back in November. With live music dwindling, a live album has never been more welcome. Check it out for yourself here
Get to know Tusks In Short below –
Three words to describe my music… Dark Alt-Pop
Last photo on your phone… Hahaaaa it’s a picture of a massive squirrel that tried to jump into my room this morning… Then it just sat there staring at me for ages.
Favourite Instagram account(s)… I’m really into Nowness at the moment, although it is a bit painful during COVID – they post really beautiful travel spots or morning meditation posts
The best venue I’ve played… Shepherd’s Bush Empire probably – it was the largest crowd I’d ever played to in my hometown and it was just so surreal and epic from the stage.
Earliest song you remember… Probably something Beatles related – when I was tiny my mum used to sing ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ to me when we were on walks then swing me up in the air by my arms
The worst job I’ve ever had… I worked in Office, the shoe shop for a few months and remember getting screamed at by my manager for only being 15 minutes early to my shift, not 30 minutes early. That was a pretty bleak job. I panicked and told her I’d got locked INSIDE my house and then just had to roll with the story and her office was so small and she was so close to my face and eugggh it wasn’t a good morning. I didn’t last long.
The thing I most love to cook is… I love a good vegetable curry. I actually learnt how to make a good tarka dahl and chapatis recently and it’s a bit of a game-changer.
My Favourite word… So it’s not my favourite but I actually learnt a new word today – Quango! It has a pretty boring meaning though, something to do with a governing body or something – but it’s great to say
A book I love… The Unbearable Lightness Of Being is beautiful, i feel like reading it once a year.
Three ways I unwind… walking, music & i’ve recently realised that just breathing deeply is pretty magical
If I could play a gig anywhere it would be… I’m really craving festivals at the moment so a festival stage somewhere. Anywhereeeeee
I think you should listen to… I’m really into the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets at the moment, their album High Visceral Pt 1 is great
If I could see anyone play live it would be… I wish I’d had a chance to see Prince play live.
One positive out of 2020… I feel like it’s shone a big light on a lot of things that normally I’d be too busy to see or have the time to sort out or work through I guess. I think considering how shit so much of it has been on the outside, it’s had a lot of positive changes for me internally.
Catch Tusks’ captivating live show next month, at St Matthias Church in Dalston where she will be playing a socially distanced show on 22nd October. Tickets available HERE.