Indian Giver Are the Band Indigenous Hardcore Fans Have Been Waiting For – VICE

by ahnationtalk on December 17, 2019165 Views

“People are paying attention to Indigenous artists…And that’s great. But it’s not the kind of music that I listen to.”

Indian Giver are an anonymous Indigenous hardcore collective with members across Turtle Island (North America). The group—which has associations with prominent bands in Canada’s heavy music and outlaw country scenes—formed in fall 2019 and quickly began recording riff-heavy tunes speaking to issues of class division, racism, and the government’s continued mistreatment of Indigenous communities. The intention behind Indian Giver is to offer Indigenous youth an outlet for both their creativity and their anger.

“The goal of the group is to show Indigenous youth that they can do cool shit and speak to the larger issues us and people like us are facing,” said the frontman for Indian Giver, which fluctuates between two and six members. “Growing up in the punk scene there was no representation. I didn’t see people like me in any hardcore bands, big or small. By taking up space we’re showing we belong here. We want to empower Indigenous youth to take up space in their own lives.”

Indian Giver’s metal-inspired art direction was created in collaboration with Indigenous streetwear brand Born in the North. The brand’s creators Gregory and Christopher Mitchell are of Mi’kmaq ancestry, growing up on Canada’s East Coast before moving to New York to study. They jumped at the opportunity to design logos and merchandise for Indian Giver because of their shared ideas about contemporary Indigenous art and fashion.

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