The Canadian band The Dreadnoughts have released a tribute single to the Cree warriors of Battleford in Saskatchewan with the title, Battleford 1885.
The forthcoming single features Celtic punk music and lyrics that pay tribute to the bravery and heroism of the Cree warriors who fought in the North-West Rebellion of 1885. This rebellion was one of the longest and bloodiest wars in Canadian history, and it is estimated that more than 1,000 Cree warriors died in battle.
The Dreadnoughts have just announced their new single Battleford 1885 to support the release of their upcoming full length out June 24th on Stomp Records. Battleford is a straight forward, catchy punk song that deals with the tragic judicial murder-by-hanging of eight Cree men after the Northwest Rebellion in Saskatchewan, Canada. Reflecting on the meaning behind the advance single Battleford 1885 lead singer Nicholas Smyth remarks,”Celtic punk as a genre contains a lot of ‘rebel songs’, mainly about Irish guys who lived between 1848-1920. But we’re a Canadian band, and we’re realizing that we want our rebel songs to be about Canadian rebels. Battleford 1885 is about the last mass hanging in our country’s history. Eight aboriginal men were executed for a minor rebellion they’d staged against local white authorities, and of course as you might guess it turns out that many of those authority figures had been complete shit-heads to the local population. This song is a tribute to eight real Canadian Rebels, and more generally to Aboriginal Canadians and to their fighting spirit”.
The new album “Roll & Go” was written primarily by singer/guitarist Nicholas Smyth in his one bedroom apartment in New York City at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, with a newborn infant, during lockdown. With band members based in New York, Vancouver, London, and Edmonton, the band decided to record in the unlikely location of Norwalk, Connecticut at the Factory Underground Studios. After ducking and weaving through countless travel restrictions, the Dreadnoughts managed to learn, record and mix an entire album in nine days. It was a harrowing, intense experience, one made even more intense by the fact that six guest musicians were recording their own parts in six different cities around the world, and that all of this had to be coordinated with virtually no time. But they got it done! The result is Roll & Go: the Dreadnoughts fifth, and possibly finest, studio album.
With over 90 MILLION streams on Spotify alone, The Dreadnoughts are the biggest band you’ve never heard of. Formed in the dirty and violent back rooms of Vancouver’s infamous Ivanhoe Hotel back in ’06, they’ve been on a cider-fueled bender across the globe bringing their furious brand of celtic polka punk klezmer mayhem to an ever growing legion of obsessed fans.
“The Dreadnoughts bring life and energy from the past and create immersive, visual music that transports you to wherever (or whenever) they are singing about.” – PunkNews
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