Friday, May 31, 2024

Dead Pioneers - "Bad Indian"

Photo by Jose Chalet-Hernande

Dead Indian take a spoken word piece and perform it over punk rock riffs for their new single. "Bad Indian" sees vocalist Gregg Deal telling tales of his Native American experience over music that combines the sounds of bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Rage Against the Machine, and The Minutemen. It's an incredibly bad ass song that is filled with anger projected through a sense of humor. Seriously, Deal is hilarious here as he channels his rage. Dead Pioneers have one of the most exciting sounds we've heard from the world of punk for a while, and we're dying to hear more.

Gregg Deal says of his band's new single:

"'Bad Indian' originated as a spoken word piece that was mentioned to articulate experiences I’ve had in real life. Everything articulated here is true, and meant to stand as an example of some of the difficulties Native people of North America experience. The cultural nuances of this piece are important, though. We are not a stoic people, we are a humous biting people, the result of which is rooted in the concerted effort to eliminate our people through colonialism and acts of genocide. How do you speak of stereotype, micro-aggressions, racism, white supremacy and casual genocidal language? Like this. 

"Bad Indian is all of that and more to me. Bad Indian is the statement of what’s possible to me. Good and bad experience informs our existence, and what we do with that is what matters. From being a Native person on the receiving end of racism and genocide to an artist who is unsure if I can pull off spoken word with punk riffs. It speaks possibility, it’s speaks truth, and it speaks that truth to power."

You can watch the video for "Bad Indian" below. Dead Pioneers' self-titled debut is due out August 16 on Hassle Records, and is available for pre-order through Bandcamp. For more on the band, check out their website.

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