30 seconds interview: Tribes


There’s something about Camden four-piece Tribes that puts you in mind of Joshua Tree era U2 or Razorlight at their most anthemic. Maybe it’s lead singer Johnny Lloyd’s euphoric melodies? Or the band’s stereoscopic take on classic indie?

The Island Records-signed band have gone far since releasing their debut album Baby at the start of last year. They spent much of the last 12 months touring and playing the festival circuit, and have been hailed by many as the act to revive the guitar band blueprint.

Their new album Wish To Scream is slated for release on 20 May and was recorded at the famed Sound City Studio in LA, where Nirvana’s Nevermind and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours were made.

Earlier this year, free download Wrapped Up In a Carpet gave fans a taster of the band’s new material and was immediately picked up by BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and XFM.

Before the band head off on a UK tour this week, we caught up with Johnny to find out more…

We first started writing music because…
We wanted to make music for our friends.

We have been making music since…
We were 16ish, but have been together for four years.

Our music is…
Rock n’ roll.

You’ll like us if you listen to…
Seventies rock and glam. Love rock n’ roll!

Our favourite venue is…
Manchester Academy 2.

Music is important because…
It makes you think/learn/feel.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Our travels.

Our dream collaboration would be…
The Band circa 1969.

To try us out, listen to our song
How the Other Half Live.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…

In 10 years time we want to be…
Still going!

Upcoming live dates:
06/04 The Plug, Sheffield
07/04 Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
08/04 Northumbria Uni, Newcastle
10/04 Waterfront, Norwich
11/04 O2 Academy, Oxford
12/04 Great Hall 2, Cardiff
04/05 Live At Leeds, Leeds
21/05 Oran Mor, Glasgow
22/05 Academy 3, Manchester
23/05 Institute Library, Birmingham
28/05 Thekla, Bristol
29/05 The Roundhouse, London

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