Buck Morigeau discusses his early interest in heavy metal music, and the formation of the Native metal band WarCry. He recalls playing in bars and other people’s houses on the Flathead Reservation during the early 1990s. He also mentions playing at Jay’s Upstairs in Missoula, Montana, and how the band was invited to play with Missoula-based band Humpy. Morigeau talks about his metal influences and interest in the heavy metal genre. He describes playing at venues in the Southwest and on the West Coast, including Native American reservations. Morigeau reflects on his Bitterroot Salish heritage and how it influences his music. He discusses the meaning of the band’s name and issues related to the politics and identity of being Salish.
Subjects: Music; Music—History and criticism; Music—Montana—Missoula; Heavy metal (Music); Thrash metal (Music); Heavy metal (Music)–Salish Indians; WarCry; Salish Indians—Music; Bars (drinking establishments); Drinking; Drinking of alcoholic beverages; Alcoholism—Prevention; Salish Indians -- Montana -- Bitterroot River Valley – History; Salish Indians; Salish Indians—Social life and customs; Posters; Art; Sound recordings; Compact discs; Indians of North America; Concerts; Musical establishments; Rez metal; Music -- Economic aspects
Personal Names: Morigeau, Buck; Smetanka, Andy
Corporate Names: Jay’s Upstairs
Geographical Names: Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Missoula (Mont.)
Twentieth century; Twenty-first century
Missoula Music History Oral History Project, OH 473
University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 MP3 file (01:51:07): digital + 1 transcript (24 pp.: 28 cm.)
Morigeau, Buck, "Buck Morigeau Interview, October 26, 2019" (2019). Missoula Music History Oral History Project. 3.