Monday, 16 January 2012
Review: Tribes - Baby
Moments like these also reveal an influence from Nirvana in their final stages when the raw frenzied alt rock riffs are considered. However, these harder hitting moments are more effective in conveying a sense of warmth within the album.
Though, no matter what emotional state the group wish to create, the delicate vocals of Lloyd always manage to be fitting, as they manage to convey an melancholic atmosphere that shapes Alone Or With Friends so successfully, or more uplifting vocals which suit Walking In the Street much better, that song being the album's poppiest and most-radio friendly song, which still manages to be cool, due to the insanely catchy drumming from Demelo.
So, while Baby is by all means a great album to listen to, with an extraordinary talent put into each song, which all succeed in being hook filled, chilled out indie rock tunes, listeners may be left wondering if they've heard anything that can be seen as groundbreaking and not having been done millions of times before and the answer is quite clearly, no. It's hard to think of anything on this album that couldn't be found on Pixies' Surfer Rosa, Nirvana's In Utero and perhaps Radiohead's Pablo Honey being done better. Still, this is no means to reject this band at all. As we continue to have new hit-and-miss mainstream indie rock surround us with every month, Tribes is definitely a band that are of the hit selection for now, and could seriously go on to turn that hit into a serious punch to pack.
Tribes' Baby is out now via Universal Island Records. The band will tour the UK in February as part of the NME Awards Tour 2012 with Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy and Azealia Banks.