Surfacing: Tribes

on Saturday, January 29, 2011
Words: Emily Solan
Photo: Martin Zahringer

North London’s Tribes consists are here to continue 2010’s grunge-pop revolution very much into 2011. Expect to see them at whichever festival you head to, with every man and his dog tipping them for the big time.

Riding very much on the wave of this year’s American rock revival sitting alongside Yuck, Smith Westerns and Girls. With influences including REM, Pixies and Pavement, Tribes are well and truly on their way to dominating the UK indie scene. With an upcoming support slot at Mystery Jets’ NME Awards show, and dates soon to be announced for a headline tour, catch the band as soon as you can.

'We Were Children' is a fuzzy, lo-fi memory tinged track, that has been setting the blogs alight, while the rough demo version of 'Sappho' (that’s the name of the Ancient Greek Goddess of Lesbians, I’ll have you know) is a mess of distortion and heart-wrenching lyrics. However it’s 'You’re Not Pretty' that really stands out, sending you hurtling back to the era of plaid.

MP3 DOWNLOAD: Tribes - Sappho by Toast Press

STREAM: Tribes - You're Not Pretty

STREAM: Tribes - We Were children

Pick up a free download of 'Nightgiving' here.

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