Snotty Nose Rez Kids Release New Album Life After, Featuring their latest single Red Sky At Night
Vancouver’s most exciting hip hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids have recently released their latest album “Life After”, featuring 13 tracks and the release of its last single “Red Sky At Night”. Red Sky At Night calls to the fact that the older generations are still looking over the people of today and shares the message not to cry when people pass, because they never really die.
Yung Trybez says the song was written about two years ago, and draws the name from a line his father would use “Red Sky At Night, Sailors Delight”. Although the song deals with dark parts of Canada and its culture, it’s hopeful for the future. As Trybez points out, there is no reconciling without exposing the truth.
“For me, when I put together the concept of that song, I meant that there’s hope in tomorrow. My verse is about how the society we live in turns a blind eye, and it doesn’t matter to them what happens to us as Indigenous people. We don’t matter unless it’s put right in front of them. But for us, that’s our daily life.”
The song comes off their new album Life After, which they say isn’t the project they set out to make before the pandemic hit. They had plans for a whole other concept, but like many of us, they had time to slow down for a minute and examine things that they hadn’t had time to notice as life flew by at breakneck speeds. They used forced isolation to begin to address issues around mental health and depression. They started thinking a lot about what life would be like after the pandemic, once live music was back and once they’d be able to get that much needed energy and strength from their fans again. This is Red Sky At Night by Snotty Rez Kids, off their new album Life After, a wonderful celebration of the fact that after an 18 month long pandemic, the worse looks behind us, so we can start looking ahead. Click below to listen to Life After by Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and keep scrolling for more info on the band.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids have experienced a lot of highs and lows from 2019 until now. From releasing TRAPLINE and playing 100 shows in 2019, winning and receiving nominations for various awards (WCMA’s, Juno’s, Indie’s, Polaris), and booking their first 23 city headline US tour, the guys were riding high with the expectation of having a breakout year in 2020. COVID derailed their US tour, stunted the release of their EP, Born Deadly, kicked their summer festival touring into the unknown and both Yung Trybez and Young D soon realized that life after such a heavy year of activity and then to watch a lot of opportunity wash away was hitting them hard. Struggling through the last 16 months, the band did manage some wins with sync placements (Resident Alien, Trickster, Monkey Beach) and saw some highlights over the year, but internally, life after such a long time of isolation was affecting them and they were seeing it affect their communities too. A low point hit when their friend, Taran Kootenhayoo, (their tour dj, DJ Kookum’s, brother) took his life at the end of 2020. It brought up a lot of past traumas of suicide in their own lives and it was months before they began working on music again.
As the world began to ease up a bit and the end to restrictions and return to live music was back in sight, SNRK were invigorated. They set aside a whole other concept album project that had been in the works for two-years and the guys decided to just write about what they had gone through, things affecting them, and decided on the theme of Life After. This album is really about showing people that SNRK are still here.