A Tribe Called Red Change Their Name to the Halluci Nation

"These words have come to mean much more to us over the years than just an album title"

BY Alex HudsonPublished Apr 5, 2021

A Tribe Called Red have announced that they are changing their name. From now on, the group will be called the Halluci Nation.

The new band name comes from the title of their 2016 album We Are the Halluci Nation. In a statement posted on social media, the band wrote, "These words have come to mean much more to us over the years than just an album title."

The concept of the Halluci Nation came from one of the group's heroes, John Trudell, who died in 2015. In their original mission statement for We Are the Halluci Nation, the band said that the idea of the Halluci Nation "promotes inclusivity, empathy and acceptance amongst all races and genders in the name of social justice," and that "Indigenous people need to define their identity on their own terms. If you share this vision, then you are already part of the Halluci Nation."

Under the new name, the duo of Tim "2oolman" Hill and Ehren "Bear Witness" Thomas are planning a new album called One More Saturday Night. It's inspired by the group's former Electric Pow Wow party night in Ottawa, which ran just shy of 10 years at the city's Babylon Nightclub.

According to the band, "We would like to invite you all to celebrate with us the party that started the movement, help us close this cycle and step into a new era as the Halluci Nation."

Read the full statement below.

Check out Exclaim!'s 2015 cover story about A Tribe Called Red and their album We Are the Halluci Nation.

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