Look out, the Oglala Lakota rock duo Scatter Their Own is coming on in a big way.
The husband-and-wife team of Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford hail from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and they're currently ranked in the top 40 by "Buzz Rating" in the massive BattleOfTheBands.com competition -- we don't know how many total entrants there are, but we scrolled through well over 200 before concluding that there are "a lot." In terms of the raw number of plays of their music, Scatter Their Own sits at number 15.
That's one exciting development, and there can be little doubt that an announcement yesterday gives the band another shot in the arm. Scotti Clifford is now listed by Grosh Guitars as one of the company's Grosh Artists. In doing so, he joins a roster that includes Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits), Brian McKnight, two members of the Steve Miller Band, American Idol's Randy Jackson, and numerous others in the music industry.
On their website, the band describes their music as "pay[ing] tribute to the concepts and philosophy of their Lakota culture while fusing Rock And Roll, Blues, and Alternative, into what they would like to call Alter-Native Rock and Roll."
Finally, if you're thinking the pair look like poster children for Honor the Treaties in the above picture, you're not far off. They were selected to model the t-shirts affiliated with the art collective and sold by Shepard Fairey's Obey organization. The pictures were shot on Pine Ridge, by Willi White, who also directed the video for the Scatter Their Own song "Taste the Time." You can see that video below, as well as a live cover of a Stooges classic from the 2013 Gathering of Nations Stage 49 (yes, that's "the" Ehren Natay on drums):