Rags of Declaration

by Usse / H. de Heutz

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This is a national scorn You cad, you offspring You white paper bad boy boring born Just a little just like dad joy Another pale faced sad ploy Powerfully predictable Champion of the usurial It should be farcical but it’s not, it’s a brutal crucible Trudeau Mulroney Chretien Martin Harper Trudeau Just like every predecessing PMO So unspecial, so a la mode Dynastic bastard I can’t claim to know your intent but I know the effects after Sunny ways, uncynical affection Recognition, truth and reconciliation Reform the election It’s 2015! We’ll have referenda! But in 2019? Lucky strike What a con, what a preying upon 'No relationship is more important’ 'Reconciliation isn’t just a word that we use’ 'We’re on traditional unceded territories and please set your phones to vibrate and there is a car in a parking lot somewhere with lights left on, enjoy the show!’ Meanwhile women and girls are still missing, murdered, expunged Children in court of appeal are being hung out over welfare discrimination And elders’ praises are always routinely sung right before you do a number upon Femicide, ecocide, genocide, on every side we refuse to recognize To extinguish, assimilate and fabricate fourth levels of state is just another white line 1494, 1763, 1969, pick any date, expiration untried Why? Because nobody else gets to walk away So don't touch that dial, don’t deny, don’t delay Why? This is the question on inquiring settlers’ minds How did we begin to be called out as colonizers? By those colonized? As racists? Is it because we come from other places? Does acquiescence mean you displace us? When did memory’s selective contraceptive drop? And what does it mean to want it to stop? And just who here is supposed to respond to all these thoughts? Don’t try to save white faces in the spaces created from your own newfound disgraces Lest you overlook the fact that history is not in a state of stasis True answers are real They’re everywhere in these places Your own family, you may learn, is today one of such cases All our continuation is a current of generations So end this skullduggery The passing down of rivers and land as the fruits of European uncovery And stop the lie of succession by which all settlers inherit heir apparent power The fucking doctrine of discovery


LIMITED EDITION PRINTED SINGLE: This hand-numbered 2-track split release is limited to an edition of 200 printed cards housing a digital download. To get a copy, please e-transfer $5 to Extra Final at avantpulp@gmail.com, and include your mailing address.

All proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Mohawks of Tyendinaga, who are fundraising in support of legal fees of warriors arrested in their stand in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en sovereignty.
Once all 200 editions have sold, the release will be available as a digital-only download.

See below for full release details.


In response to the 2019 Canadian federal election.

J. Crandall / S. Fleet / E. Saab
Made by Usse 11/19-01/20 at S779 in the municipality of Saint John NB, at the Wolastoq River mouth. For Onyx.

2. H. de Heutz - POSTFIX (POST-PRE FIX)
O. Fairfield / N. Medema
After 'Ectomorphine' by Pre Fix (Subterranean Records SUB19 1981).
Written, produced, recorded and mixed by H. de Heutz in Hull QC & Ottawa ON.

Mastered by Corey Bonnevie at Monopolized.

To support the Mohawks of Tyendinaga directly, e-transfer donations to tyendinagadonations@gmail.com, or purchase items and supplies from their wishlist here: realpeoples.media/wishlist/

You can also visit mohawksolidarity.com, where fundraising is taking place to cover legal fees of warriors arrested in Wet'suwet'en solidarity actions.

To support the Wet'suwet'en and Unist'ot'en Camp directly, please visit: unistoten.camp/support-us/

Extra Final (EXF-010)


Conceived in response to the tired, exploitative and cynical rhetoric of Canada’s 2019 federal electioneering, RAGS OF DECLARATION is issued in the midst of ongoing colonial violence against the Wet’suwet’en, perpetuated by Canada, British Columbia, Coastal GasLink, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Recognizing the legitimacy of all actions taking place in response to this violation, we offer this recording in solidarity with those at the frontlines of resistance.

Spurred by RCMP raids on Wet’suwet’en territory beginning February 6, the Mohawks of Tyendinaga quickly established a camp at the Wyman Road rail crossing that morning, amplifying national pressure on state and industrial interests. On February 21, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs held a press conference in Tyendinaga, responding to Trudeau’s ultimatum to end all rail disruption. Three days later, the Mohawk camp was raided and removed by the Ontario Provincial Police, following an injunction filed by Canadian National Railway. Ten warriors were arrested, charged, and released on bail, pending a March 24 court date, while the Mohawks set about constructing a village further down Wyman Road. They continue to accept both financial and material support for their efforts.

To this end, RAGS OF DECLARATION will be available directly from the artists, as well as by mailorder from Extra Final, for $5, with all proceeds from the printed editions donated to the Mohawks of Tyendinaga. Fundraising progress will be continually updated on Usse's Facebook here: www.facebook.com/Usse-513590588802936 Local release activities, and select retail and community availability are underway. Once all 200 editions are sold, the release will become available as a digital-only download.

We encourage direct support for the Mohawks of Tyendinaga, either by donation or purchase of supplies from their online wish list, as well as for the Wet’suwet’en.

Usse and H. de Heutz are settler musicians, working out of Saint John NB, and Hull QC/Ottawa ON respectively. We do not seek or intend to speak on behalf of Mohawk, Wet’suwet’en, or any Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island.


released March 13, 2020



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