TRIBES SET SIGHTS ON AMERICA, ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR
DEBUT ALBUM TO SEE U.S. RELEASE IN EARLY 2012
DOWNLOAD: TRIBES – We Were Children
“The best American band in Britain.” – NME
“… distil[s] the best bits of 90s guitar music (from both sides of the pond) into raw rock’n’roll stories full of regret and nostalgia… as ramshackle as it is brilliant… fantastic.” – The Fly (UK)
“These things happen, we were children in the mid 90’s.” – Tribes, We Were Children
It’s not an apology: the chorus of Tribes’ single “We Were Children” is a call to action, a celebration of influence, and an acknowledgement that we are what we love. “People have said that Tribes are nostalgic in sentiment, but you spend your whole life writing your first record,” Tribes frontman Johnny Lloyd says. “The songs are about things you experience when you’re young.” Luckily for us, in their youth Tribes also experienced the raw power of Sonic Youth, the buzzing urgency of The Pixies, and the melodic swoon of Blur.
Formed in rough-and-tumble Camden, London in 2009 after guitarist Dan White tried to steal drummer Miguel Demelo’s wallet, Tribes have grown the old-fashioned way, eschewing an early web presence in favor of CDs passed out directly to friends. As luck would have it, their demos fell into the hands of Black Francis, leading to an opening slot with heroes The Pixies at a concert in London. Shortly after, the band’s buzz, perseverance, and reputation as a furiously energetic live act earned them a slot on their first UK tour, supporting the Mystery Jets.
Taking their DIY style to the streets earlier this spring, the band drew more than a thousand people to Camden High Street in London for their “We Were Children” video shoot. Crowding the streets with a mere 4 hours notice, the band and its fans managed to create a video, as well as a fair amount of mayhem, prior to getting shut down by police. Watch the video for “We Were Children” here:
Tribes recently signed with Island Records in the UK and just finished recording their debut LP with Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Razorlight). The band will embark on their first American tour in September followed by the release of their album in early 2012. Tickets for the below dates go on sale Friday, August 5th.
TRIBES upcoming tour dates:
September 24 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands
September 25 Washington, DC Black Cat
September 27 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
September 28 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
September 29 Boston, MA Great Scott
October 1 Chicago, IL Schubas
October 3 Los Angeles, CA The Echo