Published Apr 03, 2019Winnipeg duo Leaf Rapids feature Keri and Devin Latimer of alt-country act Nathan, and their latest record Citizen Alien is due out next month. Ahead of the album's arrival, though, Leaf Rapids have shared a new video for "Virginia."
The new songs hear the pair exploring Keri's family history, a collection of tales they delved into after learning that her soft-spoken great-grandmother once stabbed a man with barbershop shears.
Not all the stories they tell are quite so eventful, though many families will be able to relate to journeys overseas and the struggle of starting a new life in a foreign land. There are moments of dark history, but ultimately the record aims to celebrate the hope and wisdom of their ancestors.
That comes through on "Virginia," and you can watch the song's accompanying vintage, sepia-toned video down below.
"This song is inspired by mothers," Keri tells Exclaim! "Struggling to hang on and let go at the same time. Trying to teach our children to be strong, while dealing with our own weaknesses. Trying to encourage independence while clutching onto them for dear life. It's also about recycling paper bags."
Citizen Alien is due out May 3 via Coax Records. It follows 2015's Lucky Stars.
05/03 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
05/24 Haps, Netherlands - Huistheater De Steenakker
05/25 Stuttgart, Germany - Laboratorium e.V.
05/27 Ingolstadt, Germany - Neue Welt
05/30 Zwickau, Germany - St. Barbara
05/31 Kyffhäuser, Germany - Panorama Museum
06/01 Elmshorn, Germany - Church Elmshorn
06/02 Son, Netherlands - Conferentiecentrum la Sonnerie
06/03 Steendam, Netherlands - Peter n Leni Podium
06/04 Den Bosch, Netherlands - Blue Room Sessions
06/05 Geldrop, Netherlands - Roots in't Groen
06/07 Marburg, Germany - Q
06/08 Solingen, Germany - Artes Stellwerk
06/20 Vancouver, BC - Lions Bay
06/21-23 Mayne Island, BC - Campbell Bay Folk Festival
07/24-28 Mission, BC - Mission Folk Festival
08/09-11 Ear Falls, ON - Trout Forest Music Festival
08/16-18 Nestor Falls, ON - Moose N' Fiddle Festival