NEWS: A Tribe Called Red Releases Nation II Nation May 7th - Play Evolve Festival in July!

Press release provided by Indoor Recess Inc. 




Break dance moves at pow wows. Round-dance flashmobs to show community might. EDM that pounds with traditional drumming, reggae’s pulse and sway, and dubstep beats. It’s all part of the scene that Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red sprang from and helped create. Following up with their 2012 Polaris Music Prize Long Listed self-titled debut album, the group returns with Nation II Nation, out May 7th through Pirates Blend Records/Tribal Spirit Music. Have a listen to The Road for a taste of what’s to come on the new album. Check it out in the player below. The three-man audio-visual crew will then take their distinct sound and vision across Canada this summer (details listed below). 

A Tribe Called Red is the natural extension of something that’s been brewing in Canada for several generations, and is just coming to a head right now. Aboriginal artists, in particular the burgeoning community of young urbanite thinkers and makers in Canada’s cities, take what’s there—new technology, images, and sounds—and link it to a long line of creativity. What results may tear up the club, but also manages to flip assumptions, reclaim clichés, and work social change.

The group got its start hosting one of Ottawa’s hottest club nights, the Electric Pow Wow, after the three DJs/artists met up and realized they had to do something together. Things clicked, and fast, after founders Bear Witness and DJ NDN teamed up with Canadian DMC champ, DJ Shub. After their first chat, Shub, an experienced hip-hop producer, rushed back to his home several hours away and managed to have his first pow wow-inspired track in his collaborators’ inboxes the next morning. Thanks to their wide-ranging curiosity and broad-minded creativity, the trio rapidly won a huge local following—inside and outside the Aboriginal community—and injected additional energy into the already bubbling Aboriginal arts scene.

Nation ll Nation is the result of a unique partnership between A Tribe Called Red and the Aboriginal Co-op Label, Tribal Spirit Music. Run by Joywind and Robert Todd, Tribal Spirit began as Crafters and Drums Makers on the Powwow Trail. After having built Powwow Drums and Hand Drums for groups all over North America, the couple saw there was a need in the community for an outlet that would help the Singers grow and develop as Artists so they created the label. Tribal Spirit Music is committed to protecting the artistic rights and encouraging strong economic development. Their label has a fair trade co-op structure, which facilitated the exchanges between A Tribe Called Red and all the drum groups.

Get ready for the pulsing creativity of Nation II Nation and don’t miss the dynamic live show from A Tribe Called Red on tour this summer!

Upcoming Tour Dates:

April 16 - Portland - Soul'd Out Festival at Holocene
April 17 - Seattle - Barboza
April 19 - San Francisco - Thee Parkside
April 20 - Los Angeles - The Central SAPC
April 21 - San Diego - The Casbah
April 22 - Yuma, AZ - Paradise Event Center
April 23 - Phoenix - Sail In
April 24 - Albuquerque - Launchpad
April 27 - New Orleans - Jazz Fest
May 4 - Mulheim, GER - Big Up Festival
May 16-17 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape Festival
May 26 - Chicago - Mayne Room
May 27 - Detroit - Movement Festival
May 29 - Washington - Tropicalia
May 30 - Baltimore - 8 X 10
May 31 - Philadelphia - Silk City
June 1 - New York - Glasslands
June 2 - Boston - Middle East Upstairs
June 8 - Ottawa, ON - Electric Pow Wow
June 21 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
July 10 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest
July 12-13 - Winnipeg, MA - Winnipeg Folk Fest
July 18 – St John’s, NL – Club One
July 19 - Antigonish, NS - Evolve Festival
August 2-3 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
August 9-10 - Squamish, BC - Squamish Festival
August - 16 Robson, BC - Robson Valley Festival 


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