Fairfax Recordings Contact: Angela Burke 212-830-0895 /
Album: Baby Release Date: 3/13/12
TRIBES UNLEASH U.S. DEBUT "BABY" IN STORES MARCH 13, 2012 UK FOUR PIECE RECEIVES WIDESPREAD CRITICAL ACCLAIM U.S. TOUR DATES AND SXSW PERFORMANCES ANNOUNCED NEW YORK, NY, February 6, 2012—Universally acclaimed UK rockers TRIBES will storm the U.S. on March 13, 2012 with the release of their full-length debut, Baby, in stores and online via Fairfax Recordings/Universal Republic Records. The band will also take their raw live performance across the U.S. for the first time, beginning on March 4 in Vail, CO., through Austin’s SXSW Festival and ending March 27 in Philadelphia, PA. However, these 21st century alternative rock architects are no strangers to the States. NME has sung their praises as "the best American band in Britain" while their fall American tour dates turned heads across the board with tastemakers such as Nylon Magazine declaring, “This Camden four-piece is breaking out in a big way…we can’t get enough!” Q Magazine recently stated, “…by the sound of this debut, their hearts lay several thousand miles due West. The early 90s alt-rock of the likes of Nirvana, Mudhoney, The Lemonheads and Pixies loom large over ‘Baby.’” Like an intense intermingling of The Pixies and The Libertines, Baby could've been born during the legendary early '90s alternative explosion of Surfer Rosa and Sonic Youth's Dirty, but the album is utterly daring and diverse in its own right. First single "We Were Children" skates from a dreamy hum of guitars into a resounding refrain that's invigorating and infectious. "When My Day Comes" taps into propulsive post punk power fueled by a colorful chorus and airtight beat. On the other end of the spectrum, "Himalaya" is elegantly haunting as sparse drums and singer Johnny Lloyd's inimitable howl entwine, while "Halfway Home" is a spacey breakup lullaby. Think of them as the alternative to "alternative". TRIBES is currently on the NME Tour with Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy and Azealia Banks in the UK before landing stateside. Baby is the start of a U.S. revolution by a bunch of British lads! ‘BABY’ Track Listing: 1. Whenever 2. We Were Children 3. In the Corner of English Field 4. Halfway Home 5. Sappho 6. Himalaya 7. Nightdriving 8. When My Day Comes 9. Walking in the Street 10. Alone or With Friends 11. Bad Apple
TRIBES Tour Dates: 3/4/12
Snow Ball Experience
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
(Waterloo, C3 Party, 101X Radio Showcase)
(Pure Volume House/98.7FM)_
(NYLON Pool Party, Maggie Mae’s)
(Baeble Party, Dickies Party)
Santos Party House
New York, NY
Kung Fu Necktie
Philadelphia, PA TRIBES is Johnny Lloyd (Vocals/Guitar) Dan White (Guitar) Miguel Demelo (Drums) Jim Cratchley (Bass) www.tribesband.com http://www.facebook.com/tribesband www.twitter.com/tribesband
About Universal Republic Records A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, Universal Republic is home to a diverse array of superstar artists such as 3 Doors Down, Amy Winehouse, Colbie Caillat, Eddie Vedder, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Hinder, Owl City, SuperHeavy, The Rolling Stones, The Voice(Javier Colon, Dia Frampton), among many others. It is comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures. It is comprised of Republic Nashville Records(The Band Perry), and is in partnerships with Aware Records(Mat Kearney), Big Machine(Taylor Swift), Brushfire(Jack Johnson, G Love), Cash Money(Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj) Lava Records(Jesse J, Black Veil Brides), SRC(Akon, Melanie Fiona, Shontelle), Tuff Gong(Damien Marley, Stephen Marley) among others.
For More Information on TRIBES please contact: Angela Burke at Fairfax Recordings Publicity 212-830-0895 / email@example.com
TRIBES UNVEIL DECEMBER TOUR DATES ACROSS AMERICA DEBUT U.S. EP WE WERE CHILDREN RELEASED STATESIDE NEW YORK, NY, October 14, 2011— Explosive rock outfit TRIBES have been hailed “the best American band in Britain” by NME and now set their sights on the country whose music they love so much—America, with a set of U.S. tour dates beginning December 7 at Great Scott in Boston, MA. To accompany their American invasion, TRIBES will also release their debut EP We Were Children exclusively on the band’s website ( www.tribesband.com ) November 29th. Keeping true to the band’s “DIY” ethic, U.S. fans will be able to purchase the EP digitally and physically, as a 10” Vinyl accompanied by a download card, or at any of the band’s tour stops. TRIBES’ title-track “We Were Children” is not an apology, but a call to action, a celebration of influence, and an acknowledgement that we are what we love. The Fly (UK) recently praised the music, “…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 theme of youth and influence of the raw power of Sonic Youth, the buzzing urgency of The Pixies, and the melodic swoon of Blur are musically evident. Proved when the band drew more than a thousand people to Camden High Street in London for the video shoot of the title track, the appeal and rising success of TRIBES has always originated in the most credible way—word-of-mouth. 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: http://youtu.be/52QHnUF13hs It’s word of mouth that has audiences—fans, curious music lovers and other fellow artists alike— intrigued with the band’s music and live performance. “Sometimes you walk into a gig and its like a secret society. A band you have heard mumblings of and it’s packed full. Dingwalls is like this tonight for Tribes,” stated punk website Louderthanwar.com on a recent performance. With a sold out crowd at the legendary Electric Ballroom and supporting a string of UK powerhouses (Kaiser Chiefs, The Kooks, Mystery Jets), including heroes, The Pixies, under their belt, NME’s “Radar Band of the Week,” is poised to make a statement stateside. NYLON Magazine says “This Camden four-piece is breaking out in a big way…we can’t get enough!” Tickets for upcoming tour dates are on sale now. TRIBES upcoming tour dates: DATE
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA
TRIBES is Johnny Lloyd (Vocals/Guitar) Dan White (Guitar) Miguel Demelo (Drums) Jim Cratchley Bass) www.tribesband.com http://www.facebook.com/tribesband www.twitter.com/tribesband About Universal Republic Records A division of Universal Music Group, the worldâ€™s largest music company, Universal Republic is home to a diverse array of superstar artists such as 3 Doors Down, Amy Winehouse, Colbie Caillat, Eddie Vedder, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Hinder, Owl City, SuperHeavy, The Rolling Stones, The Voice(Javier Colon, Dia Frampton), among many others. It is comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures. It is comprised of Republic Nashville Records(The Band Perry), and is in partnerships with Aware Records(Mat Kearney), Big Machine(Taylor Swift), Brushfire(Jack Johnson, G Love), Cash Money(Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj) Lava Records(Jesse J, Black Veil Brides), SRC(Akon, Melanie Fiona, Shontelle), Tuff Gong(Damien Marley, Stephen Marley) among others.
For More Information on TRIBES please contact: Angela Burke at Fairfax Recordings 212-830-0895 / firstname.lastname@example.org
UK Press Quote Sheet
“Superb debut” –Artrocker ***** “An impressive debut” –Clash, 7/10 “Indie class”— Daily Star, 8/10 “Contenders for ‘next great British guitar band’”— GQ “Strong debut”— Guardian **** “An early contender for album of 2012” –NME, 9/10 “A monster” –NME “Ecstatic, raucous, spine-tingling” –The Fly ****
February 4, 2012
‘BABY’ If the past couple of year’s have been rock’n’roll’s radio iceage, right now our toes are teetering on the brink of a lush new dawn. The question is; beyond the shit-storm of supposed saviour bands whose name-drops christened the New Year, which of the lauded gangs of axe-wielders are the genuine sculptors of tomorrow? Well, of the few promised Next Big Things, none have actually earned their hype more than Camden's TRIBES. “When you’re a kid you want to be cool, so you make experimental weird music. But for us, I think there just came a point where we couldn’t be bothered messing around anymore," prophesises singer Johnny Lloyd. "I realized that there’s no point being in a band if you’re not gonna be one of those life-changing bands. Not the one’s you stroke your chin too, the one’s you beat your heart plate to.” It's this unabashed manifesto of anthemia that've taken the rag-tag four-piece from prodigious debutant slots opening for idols The Pixies, to relentless grassroots grafting of the UK's dives, to being christened "The future of rock'n'roll" by fanboys The Mystery Jets, a sentiment chimed by everyone from NME to Radio 1's Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe, the latter of whom named their debut single Hottest Record In The World amidst an airwave airstrike that saw it tear through most of the BBC and XFM. They're a shining testament to the blood, sweat and tears so many buzz bands seem to bypass these days, at their peril. Joining the dots between Nirvana and The Libertines, their debut album, BABY (3/13/12) and WE WERE CHILDREN EP (11/7/11) are a fittingly heart-racing call-to-arms for a generation left crying out for band name worthy of being Tip-Ex'd onto a satchel. TRIBES once consisted of two opposed bands, or as one could say, erm, tribes. Johnny Lloyd and Dan White on one side of the naval-gasing Radiohead-obsessed track, and Miguel Demelo and Jim Cratchley on the other. Although they're quick to sniff off any lazy suggestion that the name was birthed there. "When we arrived in Camden, we think for some reason we were expecting some vague fragments of a indie band culture or something," the frontman says, shaking his head. "But I actually remember looking around us and realizing we were in the supposedly indiest place on planet earth and there were literally no bands. Jim mentioned the name TRIBES as it part of the name of a book he was was reading, and it just seemed very apt for our setting and state of mind." The boys set about they work with the same scurrilous drive and rambunctious soul that's defined their rise to become Britain's most talked about scene savers. After it took Frank Black but a single gig and a single demo to invite them out to support, it took only few more pub efforts for the Mystery Jets to invite them undo their wing and onto a road-testing psychedelic voyage of the nation several times over, including climactic slots at the Somerset House and resulting in literal riot scenes when the band's own tour wound up at London's XOYO. 2011 has seen their show-stopping first headline tour, winding up with a predictably sold-out headline set at Camden's legendary Dingwalls, ogled by a Sex Pistol. It's no rare sight to witness homemade t-shirt sporting Tribes fans trawling three dates, vaguely nearish to their pocket of the country; bleary-eyed, delirious, emptying from the backroom. When the band took to the rooftops near their fabled locks to shoot the finale scenes of their first promo video in characteristic rallying form, the subsequent gridlock and police shutdown was case in point to the old fashioned way the boys had emerged into the lives of indie starved kids across the country.
'We Were Children' is the kind of unflinching anthem that any generation would be proud to take as an ode: all rasping chants, and raging power chords, truly the stuff the teenage dreams are made of. Since its release the airwaves have been alive with its romantic riot, a more befitting entrance soundtrack it'd be hard to find. The product of various trips up to Liverpool to visit producer Mike Crossey, of Arctic Monkeys notoriety, after he too couldn't help but align join their cause. The radiating, warm lo-fi glow that fills the demo, available on the flipside, is evolved to widescreen new dimensions amidst a mountainous cliff-face of amplification. 'Girlfriend' is the kind of shaggy, rogueish punk freak-out that your mother warned you about and your uncle warned you to look forward to. A tearaway of a track with the gusto to whip up a pit and punch to floor you just when you least expect it. Then 'Coming Of Age' shows a band with enough end-of-night, woozy balladeering charm to ensure the wee hours will at least be spent drunken, huddled and clinging to each other for dear life. And sublimely inevitable conclusion spent anywhere near the rhetoric and tales of a band like Tribes, they don't come around often, but when they do they're unmistakable.