ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
OUT 18TH AUGUST
THEIR FIRST ALBUM RELEASE IN
HEADLINING THE KEY CLUB, LEEDS 18TH APRIL – TICKETS HERE
SUPPORTING DMA’S ON TOUR
INCLUDING LONDON WEMBLEY ARENA – TICKETS HERE
Marking 10 years since their last album release, Camden heroes TRIBES announce their third album ‘Rabbit Head, out 18th August – via Downtown Music. Pre-order here.
Following a show-stopping return in single ‘Hard Pill’ which Steve Lamacq debuted on BBC6 Music last month, and a sold-out surprise show at Camden’s Dublin Castle, they’re back with their boldest record yet.
It’s a record that captures both how TRIBES got here and where they’re heading next. They might have taken the long way round but ‘Rabbit Head’ feels like the album TRIBES were always destined to make. They are a band revitalised. The album announcement comes just shy of TRIBES taking the stage this month, supporting DMAs at a string of UK shows, including OVO Wembley on April 21st.
The Camden quartet, comprised of singer/guitarist Johnny Lloyd, guitarist Dan White, bassist Jim Cratchley and drummer Miguel Demelo, embarked on an indefinite hiatus following the release and extensive touring of sophomore album ‘Wish To Scream’ in 2013. Following a choice encounter between the four at a Dinosaur Pile-Up – Cratchly’s band since TRIBES – show in 2020, they were reminded of what they had lost. “It was that feeling of, ‘fuck, these are the people I should be with”, remembers Lloyd.
After this, and with the ten-year anniversary of ‘Baby’ – their moment capturing debut album – approaching, it was Lloyd who suggested they should do a reunion show in aid of the Choose Love charity. Originally scheduled for December 2020 at London’s Lafayette, it was pushed back due to Covid and upscaled to the Forum due to demand. It was an evening that made the band realise their fans were still there, hankering for a return. Lloyd reflects: “It sold out in 10 seconds! The crowd sounded like a football match, the whole place was on their feet, a huge amount of love was coming over and the passion of the crowd was so alarming.”.
It was during lockdown that TRIBES realised they didn’t just want to look back, that there could be a future in a return as well as a celebration of the past. White relocated from London to a cottage round the corner from Lloyd in Dorset and the two got to work on what would become TRIBES’ third album.
“We went from not speaking to each other for eight years to living next door to each other in the middle of nowhere!” laughs White, who has handled production duties on the new record. “As the producer, I really want to understand what this means to everyone. What is the core of this band? This new chapter is about trying to capture that and use that to navigate this thing rather than ego or anything like that.” “Dan producing has been really important, it’s let us work it out as a band without another person behind there. We got into the core of what we were doing way more and Dan guided the ship.” says Lloyd. Working more as a songwriting partnership than previously, a new route emerged, one that melded both the band’s way with an epic hook and more intricate melodic interplay.
Lyrically, ‘Rabbit Head’ finds TRIBES older and a little more reflective than their younger selves. “There’s a lot more sincerity to the lyrics,” says Lloyd. “It’s a bit more open emotionally, subjects I wouldn’t have encroached upon in my early twenties, a bit more honesty.”
‘Rabbit Head’ is an album where TRIBES sound more assured than they ever have, a band totally in tune with themselves. It opens with the crunching rocker ‘Hard Pill’, placed up top because it was the song that kick-started everything. “It was the first song I’d written since the band split up, it feels like the end and the start of the band at the same time, it’s about the rebuilding of relationships.”
Johnny Lloyd, Dan White, Jim Cratchley and Miguel Demelo have learned that you can give yourself a second chance. TRIBES are back in business.
Full Album Tracklist
It’s All Borrowed
Dad I’m Not A Tough Guy
Ways To Improve Your New Life
Grandad’s On The Beer
Fade To Credits
Message From The Sponsor
April 18th Key Club, Leeds
April 19th O2 Academy, Glasgow
April 20th O2 Apollo, Manchester
April 21st OVO Arena Wembley, London
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.