THE HALLUCI NATION RELEASE SECOND SINGLE STAY FT. ANTOINE, TOM POWER, CHIPPEWA TRAVELLERS
LAUNCH PATREON COMMUNITY
TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED STARTING WITH
CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL ON JULY 25!
Toronto, ON – June 30, 2021 – Today, The Halluci Nation releases Stay featuring Antoine, Tom Power and Chippewa Travellers. Soulful, summer vibes flow throw effortless, breezy guitar and bouncy synth-laden beats on the second offering from the group's upcoming album, One More Saturday Night, set for release July 30 (pre-save here). The mesmerizing, graphic novel-esque lyric video showcases the incredible drawings and font work created by visual artist, Whess Harman from the Carrier Wit’at Nation. Harman also contributed unique designs for the physical album, which will be available at release date.
Singer, songwriter, rapper from Omaha, Nebraska, Antoine’s evolving style represents a new generation of Indigenous singers who moves through R&B, rap and traditional singing with ease. Bear Witness and 2oolman met Antoine when they were both on the Stage 49 bill at Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque in 2019. They’ve kept in touch, and Stay provided the perfect meeting of the minds for them to collaborate.
“I had this vision of merging our traditional songs with R&B and had been pushing that sound for a while. I would hear it here and there but I felt like I could execute it in my own way,” reflects Antoine. “I remember hearing 2oolman and Bear Witness of Halluci Nation and immediately became a fan. The way they merged the two sounds was executed perfectly. I knew if we ever linked up we’d create something beautiful and that’s just what happened. We’re bringing a fresh breath of air to the music industry just by being ourselves and bringing our traditional sounds to these songs. 'Stay’ is such a vibe, I know everyone will love it.”
“We have been following Antoine’s singing for years. But he really caught our attention when he made the switch from singing round dance songs to singing R&B / Singjay style love songs,” comments Bear Witness. “Antoine brilliantly connected the two types of music. Much like how we linked powwow songs to club music, Antoine had connected the dots between round dance songs and crooning love songs. So with the help of Chippewa Travellers and our good buddy, Tom Power, we broke into something completely new for us, with Stay. We hope this song brings everyone as much happiness as it brings us.”
Long time collaborators of The Halluci Nation, Chippewa Travellers, a Anishinaabeg family drum group originally from Chippewas of Nawash, join the band and Antoine on the track along with Tom Power, musician from award winning St. John’s, Newfoundland band, The Dardanelles, and host of CBC q.
The Halluci Nation has also launched a Patreon, opening up a new way for the band to be directly in touch with their fans and explore some new, creative avenues. Subscription to their Patreon will include a ticket to their special album launch online party on August 7 with additional content and Q&A with the band. Tickets for just the show are also already available here.
The August 7 release show is one of the first shows the band is doing alongside a performance at The Calgary Folk Festival on July 25 (see full tour dates below). Keep an eye on the band’s socials for more dates to be announced.
The album is a love letter to the Electric Pow Wow gatherings launched at Ottawa's Babylon nightclub in 2007. It represents an imagined denouement to the biweekly Saturday night parties that ended abruptly in 2017, without ever getting the proper send-off. One More Saturday Night thus pays homage to the parties' energy and momentum that elevated The Halluci Nation to this pivotal point in their career of fully mastering their own music style while also moving beyond club music; or “mixing dance music with dance music,” as Bear Witness succinctly puts it.
As was the case with its proud legacy, The Halluci Nation’s future revolves around collaboration. From hip-hop star, Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def), to the Indigenous Australian band, OKA, to the Wayuu-Colombian powerhouse, Lido Pimienta, the group has always sought out artists from around the world who would join The Halluci Nation family to form a like minded community as well as an international indigenous alliance. The upcoming record will be no exception - with features as inspired and unpredictable as the music from Texas “electro-cumbia” producer, El Dusty, Anishnaabeg drum group, Chippewa Travellers, Maori artist, Rob Ruha, Inuk singer, Tanya Tagaq, and round-dance/R&B singer Antoine, among many others.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
July 25 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Fest
August 7 – Online – Noon Chorus
August 22 – Regina, SK – Queen City Ex
October 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Centre
October 21 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
October 23 – Detroit, MI – Tangent Gallery
October 26 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live (Lounge)
October 30 - Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s Alright
October 31 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (Showcase)
November 2 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
November 3 – Montreal, QC – SAT
November 5 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
November 6 – London, ON – London Music Hall