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TUSKO FATALE / Press

“Best Music Video category has been corrected: “The Menstruating Angel and the Snoring Hummingbird” by Tusko Fatale is now the official winner.”

“NOTE: Best Music Video category has been corrected: “The Menstruating Angel and the Snoring Hummingbird” by Tusko Fatale is now the official winner. Winners were selected based on a 50/50 split between an online poll and a judging panel to provide a balanced approach. A total of 18,112 unique votes were cast, a sign that enthusiasm for the region’s vast local music scene is alive and well.”

"In May of 2014, TUSKO FATALE released their single 'It's a Pity'. David and Donnie were joined in the studio by Bryan Forrest on guitar and Mike Griffith on drums."

“Despite the fact that I recently complained about the over genrefication of music, Tusko Fatale is its own genre. David Orr’s voice, both literally and figuratively, is entirely his own. It is rare when you can assemble a guitar, bass, drums, and vocals and produce art that is truly unique. That said, this music is not for everybody, but it is certainly for masses of souls who would appreciate and enjoy it if they were ever to hear it. I hope that what follows will convince a few of them to dive through the looking glass. Historically Tusko Fatale has been compared to Jethro Tull, XTC, and Donovan. But I have listened to tons of music from the aforementioned artists and though there are similar components, Tusko Fatale really does not sound like any one of them. Donovan is probably the closest, but I also hear echoes of Syd Barrett and a moment or two in the career of Robin Hitchcock and The Egyptians.”

“In 2007 Alex Boese released his book 'Elephants on Acid and Other Bizarre Experiments'. The book cited the ill fated 1962 LSD experiment with TUSKO the elephant and talked about its effect on popular culture including TUSKO FATALE and quoting David Orr's lyrics in the song 'The Unfortunate Elephant' (see the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmjhY4Iupzc&feature=related”

“The Edge of the Universe will be added to the Saturday night line up of Altradio.org and WHRV-HD3 in Norfolk. The G-Man Radio Network will be producing the show for Hampton Roads Public Broadcasting. Stephen Gimbert will be hosting this weekly 2 hour program that will start this Saturday evening at 10 PM (EDT), 9 PM (CDT). Please check out their web site and let us know what you think. Tusko Fatale will be included in the second hour of The Edge of the Universe on altradio.org.”

“Coming up this Friday is Soundcheck's season finale. Ending season #2 with a powerhouse of Hampton Roads talent ... Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot, EVER-G, Pilot! and David Orr of TUSKO FATALE. This summer tune into 2 seasons of Soundcheck, 24 episodes, over 100 bands reruns weekly through the Summer, back in the Fall with season #3.”

“EXPERIMENTAL AND EERIE Tusko Fatale took its name from an infamous 1962 experiment on an elephant named Tusko, who died after being injected with a massive dose of LSD. So does David Orr, a founding member, find that an odd thing to name a band for? "Yes, it is disturbing," he said via email. "I feel for Tusko." But the name resonated with him because of his own experimentation with psychedelics. All these substances "demand respect and are not to be toyed with," Orr said. The band began as an exploration of what happened to music composition when it was combined with these experiences. "It's like trying to see what happens when religion, anthropology, chemistry, psychology and music collide," he said. "The results have been interesting, yet confusing." As a band, Tusko Fatale has had a long, strange trip. They stopped recording and performing in 1997, then re-formed in 2009 and released a pair of songs in 2011 that won local acclaim. ”

"Congratulations to my old buddies and bandmates David Orr and Donnie Kepley. Their band Tusko Fatale has been nomninated for 'Best Video' in Veer Magazine's Local Music Awards. The song 'The Ghost of a Hurricane' was written by David, and the video is his creation. Even though it has been thirty years since I have played music with my buddies, I still like to think of myself as the Syd Barrett of the band. and after all those years, my friends are still rocking! You can check out the East Coast music action at www.veermag.com and www.hardcorenorfolk.com."

“Tusko Fatale's 'Ghost of a Hurricane' nominated for 'Best Music Video/Film' in Veer Magazine's 2012 Local Music Awards. "It's like mixing the Dead, with White Album Beatles and the Byrds"”

“Bob Gurske, drummer for Tusko Fatale, dead at 61.”

“The lineup includes The Recaps (featuring Miltier as well as Paul Tiers of Waxing Poetics fame) the Jailtones, Left Wing Fascists, Dead Aim, Tusko Fatale and Guerilla Theater. Showtime is 7 p.m. ”

“Tusko Fatale: PRICK This is an absolute MUST have! Comes HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from ZZAJ! Gon' make ME rock-on-downa-road fo' a COUPLA' months, at least! I'm not KIDDIN' folks, you NEED this one!”

“SOUNDINGS' SINGS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN Besides releases by The Lift, Culpepper and his crew have put out records 45s from the herky-jerky Hallelujah Hatrack and high-grade cassettes by longtime Tidewater faves, Tusko Fatale (many of the compilation cuts were produced by Tusko's Bob Gurske) .”

“ACTIVITIES TO COMMEMORATE EARTH DAY The event will feature music from Dillon Fence, Combine, Sea of Souls, Cradle, Tusko Fatale, Silverscene, Velour and United Souls.”

“IN YOUR EAR: I AM I OFFERS UP A HEAVY ALTERNATIVE CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Tool, De La Soul, King's X, Thrill Kill Kult, Lenny Kravitz, Waterboys, Neil Young, Queen, Tusko Fatale and Jellyfish.”

“IN YOUR EAR: LOCAL, LOUD AND PROUD: TESTUBE BABIES EXPERIMENT IN FUNK Currently listening to: Tusko Fatale, False Sacrament, 311 and whatever sounds groovy.”

“In its first year, the festival pulled in about 2,700 fans for six local groups. In 1995, some 5,000 music lovers grooved to the sounds of Dillon Fence, Dexter, Combine, United Souls, Silverscene, Cradle, Tusko Fatale, Sea of Souls and Velour.”

“From the 'ROO Records CD 'Soundings', Tusko Fatale's 'The Master's Gone' and 'Working for Lorne Greene'”

“Tusko Fatale: PRICK - Folks, this is FRESH & CRISPY...This is an absolute MUST have!”

“But Tusko lived on in popular culture, inspiring articles and myths and even a rock band, Tusko Fatale, who memorialized the creature's fate in song. The pachyderm now anchors a delightful, if sometimes unsettling, book that is best read with an open mind and an empty stomach.”

“But Tusko lived on in popular culture, inspiring articles and myths and even a rock band, Tusko Fatale, who memorialized the creature's fate in song. The pachyderm now anchors a delightful, if sometimes unsettling, book that is best read with an open mind and an empty stomach.”

“Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments”

“How Much LSD Does It Take to Kill an Elephant?”

“What does an elephant on acid look like?”