Allow yourselves to delve deep inside an album that screams louder than its name. Baby, is born.
It’s a precious birth of intelligence and mélange indie that sustains its grunge adolescence. Mixed with drained clothes and the smoky leather of a Camden quartet, there’s something more to this album than attempting to become another notch on the charts bedpost.
In a time where music has been criticised for being as dull as a ducks arse, these guys have come up trumps in making an album that sounds simple, yet hollows a bottomless pit of supreme substance. Flavoured with the cult-rocking know how of churning out a record, rather than a diluted LP, this baby is rattling.
Tribes have the ability to break the rock ‘n’ roll drought, currently, smothered in commercial prattle. Although, you won’t be able to dismiss the Pixie, Blur involvement this record sometimes portrays, it’s not that aspect that becomes prominent. What is prominent, however, is its devil-like exhalation of blistering songs. Sit on the fence if you will, but you’ll fall off it soon enough.
Deriving from posters on the streets of Camden in order to highlight gigs, Tribes have developed the vintage way of delivering their music. The trend continues through a record which isn’t too smooth and inflicts that raw element of sound and gusto.
Album opener ‘Whenever’ is a bass filled battleaxe slurred in subsequent drum aggression. Entailing in Johnny Lloyd’s defined tone, it opens the floor for the grizzly fan favourite ‘We Were Children’ to flux. Raw as a beaten egg, the signature track guides your ears to a proposal of child-like reminiscence. Mid-90?s folklore is revived.
‘Corner of an English Field’ is a wistful tribute to Lloyd’s friend Charlie Haddon (Ou Est Le Swimming Pool) who passed away last year. A song that offers its heart and makes wise words of a wondering mind. Welded to the side is ‘Halfway Home’. A teenage tear drop that splashes into the heart of a broken soul. A breakdown lullaby that offers a new beginning. The track is a connection with love and late night memories.
And this is what gives Tribes their acclaim. Who says you can’t be rock ‘n’ roll without lowering the tone. Stand on plinth and scream rock till you come home, but with tracks like this which will allow the listener to feel a mutual connection.
As ‘Sappho’ makes its appearance, the album uses the fuzzy flares of gritty guitar to pump the listener through a story, rather than some commercial tale of bollocks and sweet nothings.
Awaiting a moment in time when Tribes felt their day will come, they envisage ‘When My Day Comes’. A look forward at the inevitable. Built up on party-popping snare and feverish foreplay, it smashes the barriers of indie into a car park of persistence, making way for them to start ‘Walking in the Street’. A tune that allows for thought and understandings of who you’re really meant to be and guide your own book of tales
It’s a record that allows air to smell fresh once again. Aimed at bowling over critics who slam the door because the timing isn’t right, but keeping its fans prioritised, Baby is already outgrowing nappies. The rusks are in the bin, and the key to the world has been unlocked. We’re already talking album of the year contender and British rock fight back. And we’re definitely talking rock ‘n’ roll. For this, I hail Tribes in their glam-ragged persona’s. Job, well, done.
Words by Ashley Spink