By Jackie Klapak
UPDATE: BeatRoute has learned that Carlin Blackrabbit succeeded in his bid to be elected to Siksika Council.
CALGARY — About an hour east of Calgary in the small reserve of Siksika Nation, big changes are happening. The popular name of Carlin Blackrabbit, drummer and co-founder of hardcore punk band No More Moments, is aiming to break down First Nations stereotypes and put Siksika on the map in the best way possible. The musician is now taking things a step further and running for Siksika Council.
Uninvolved in the sports culture during his junior high days and isolated by his dark clothing and heavy music, Blackrabbit and his friends started their musical journey at 14. “Music was important to me as a teenager. The music I saw and heard saved my life. Without it I wouldn’t be where I am today,” says Blackrabbit.
Faced with a mountain of social and political issues to deal with daily, Carlin hopes to give a voice to not only himself, but to the reserve. “There’s a lot of addiction on the reserve, in the community, and with youth. I want to put a stop to young people dying.”
Alongside addiction, he aims to bring awareness to the dozens of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. His goal is to combat the racism faced daily by First Nations people.
Blackrabbit has used his passion for empowering people to become the youngest person ever to run for council. “Since I could vote at 18 I don’t think anything’s really been done. Politicians haven’t fully given back to us.”
Since announcing his candidacy, Blackrabbit’s genuinely honest attitude and drive has gained a lot of positive attention for his strong platform based on investing in the people.
“Campaigning is rooting for all those that didn’t have a chance.”
Much like his music, his campaign message portrays strong beliefs and values, keeping everyone in his heart a top priority. “The Indian Act is against us; there’s racism, and, historically speaking, First Nations aren’t considered people,” says Blackrabbit. “I want everyone’s voice to be heard.”
Blackrabbit hopes to bring visibility to the numerous death and suicide rates among youth, the stigma towards First Nations and the lack of education about the lasting generational trauma of residential schools. “There’s a need to be equal. We are a strong and resilient community that has done amazing things.”
In another way, Blackrabbit brings his empowering message through music, along with his bandmates. No More Moments’ newest release is an eight-track album entitled Still Going released through Transistor 66 Records. “This album has been a long time coming. It’s basically a compilation of everything that’s happened in the past three years.”
The first single off the album, “Let’s Go,” packs a punch and holds the heartfelt anarchistic charm reminiscent of anthems by bands like The Misfits or Face to Face. Unforgiving and unfiltered, the indignant lyrics spit with passion accompanied by violent crash-boom-bang that turns heads and throws people into a sweaty, exhilarated mosh pit.
With odes to people from past and present, bad party nights and fun party nights, Blackrabbit calls the new album “a display of everything we’ve gone through. It’s the life of First Nations, and the life of a punk rocker.”
The guys of No More Moments have crafted songs of heartbreak and triumph by just doing what they love doing most. Says Blackrabbit, “We’ll go out there and play with anyone, and share the stage with anyone. Whether it’s folk or pop or more metal, we don’t like to limit ourselves. We just love to play.”
The Still Going album release party is on December 3rd at Dickens and No More Moments music can be found on the band’s Bandcamp page.AB, Alberta, Carlin Blackrabbit, Dickens, First Nations, No More Moments, Siksika, Siksika First Nation, Still Going