Let’s keep going with the Ottawa, Ontario, music scene. Last week we published our review of Trigon’s new album, Fed Up, and although this is vastly different, doom metal act Longhouse is delivering their new track, “No Name, No Marker.” The riffs and trodding pace of this track are marvelous! “No Name, No Marker” comes from the band’s upcoming album, II: Vanishing, which will be released on April 14, 2017.
“No Name, No Marker” tells of an unjust point in Canadian history in regard to the country’s relations with Native Americans. Listen to the track on this page and take in vocalist/bassist Joshua Cayer’s message of the track:
II: Vanishing has a logical evolution that is evident in the composition, as well as production. I also think that fans should take a moment to reflect on some of themes that are threaded throughout the album. The bulk of my ideas musically and lyrically come from exploring Indigenous ways of knowing. I am Algonquin First Nations. My family’s community is Kitigan Zibi, outside of Maniwaki, Quebec. However, I grew up in the city, mostly detached from my culture. As a father, I have been trying to immerse myself in the stories, wisdom, and strength of our Elders, knowledge keepers and story tellers, so that I can pass that onto my daughters. Because this takes up so much space in terms of who I am, and who I am becoming, it plays a very large part in terms of influences I draw upon.
To explain, Longhouse’s “No Name, No Marker” is a song written for the voiceless Indigenous children who were abused and died while forced to attend residential schools in Canada and were buried in unmarked graves.
Rock Hard \m/