Today, award-winning Vancouver hip-hop duo, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, officially announce their forthcoming new full-length album – Life After, set for release on October 22nd – and share the record’s third single, Wild Boy. Pre-order Life After here. Listen to Wild Boy here and check out the video here.
Produced by longtime collaborator, Boogey The Beat, Wild Boy came about almost instantly after the producer sent SNRK the beat. After putting their mark on the track, D and Trybez brought in BC-based rapper, Polo Brian, to round things out.
The track follows previously released, Uncle Rico, and Something Else, and is inspired by supernatural stories from SNRK’s culture, such as Bukwus – a term that comes from the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation and translates into “Wild Man of the Woods”.
“Bukwus was just fitting for this record,” says Young D. “The word just kept coming to me, so I took it as a sign. The song shows that even though we know exactly who we are, others who don’t fully understand us will still look at us differently…like we’re still some wild boys. Men of the woods. Bukwus.”
Snotty Nose Rez Kids have experienced a lot of highs and lows from 2019 until now. From releasing their critically acclaimed third full-length, TRAPLINE, and playing 100 shows in 2019 alone; winning and receiving nominations for various awards (WCMAs, JUNOs, Indies, Polaris Music Prize shortlist), 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, only 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 decided to just write about what they had gone through, things affecting them…Life After.
Stay tuned for more from the band in the coming months, and get ready for the release of Life After on October 22nd !
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Upcoming Tour Dates:
September 4 – Victoria, BC @ All Ways Home Festival
October 25 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
October 27 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
October 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
October 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
October 30 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
November 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation
November 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
November 7 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Atrium
November 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
November 10 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
November 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
November 12 – Victoria, BC @ Capitol Ballroom
November 19 & 20 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom (USS Final Freakquency Tour)
December 16 – Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre (USS Final Freakquency Tour)
December 17 & 18 – Toronto, ON @ History (USS Final Freakquency Tour)
December 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
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