By: Staff –
The Juno Award-winning, Polaris Music Prize-nominated electronic group A Tribe Called Red released their new EP, Suplex, yesterday. The four-song EP features the group’s signature unique style of traditional Pow Wow music mixed with club sound, and includes guest performances by Aboriginal hip-hop veteran, Hellnback, and past Tribe collaborators, Northern Voice. The EP also features a remix of the track “Bodyslam” by Calgary duo, Smalltown DJs.
A Tribe Called Red also premiered the video for the title track. The video follows the story of a Native youth, who after growing up with no role model of his own, becomes one when he turns into a wrestling champion. (Watch it below).
“Growing up in a world where indigenous people are so under-represented in the media, you tend to identify with what’s available to you,” comments Bear Witness. “The connection between the indigenous communities of the Americas, and professional wrestling, is really heavy. In North America we had pros like Chief Jay Youngblood and Wahoo McDaniel who were indigenous, but had to dress in headdress and tassels to compete. In my generation, we all loved the Ultimate Warrior and hated Tatanka. Even if nothing about the Warrior was indigenous, we made some kind of cultural connection to him. More recently, The Rock has shown us how a proud indigenous man can make it as a wrestler on his own terms. The idea of the video was to show that connection we made to these people beyond stereotypes, but also to see an indigenous character make it, without needing the stereotype.”
Named after the notorious wrestling move, the Suplex EP channels an ’80s aesthetic. The album cover image depicts an 8-bit wrestler character wearing a headdress – as Tribe continues to touch on questions regarding the representation of Indigenous peoples (or lack of) in mainstream media, stereotypes in sports, and the need of indigenous role models.
Suplex EP Track-listing:
- Suplex ft. Northern Voice
- The Peoples Champ ft. Hellnback
- Bodyslam (Smalltown DJs remix)
Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates:
June 19 – Fort McMurray, AB – Indian Beach (free show)
June 20 – Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl (Tickets)
July 12 – Toronto, ON – PanAM Park, Echo Beach (free show)
July 18 – Toronto, ON – Aboriginal Pavillion, Fort York (free show)
July 24 – Brandon, MB – Brandon Folk Music & Art Festival (Tickets)
July 31 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Music & Arts Festival (Tickets)
August 12 – Toronto, ON – Nathan Phillips Square (free show)
August 15 – Sudbury, ON – UP FEST, Durham Playgrounds (Tickets)