Tribes-Dancehall (Video)

This feelgood, thoroughly addictive effort was a favourite of mine on its release just a short while back, and ahead of those previously-referenced international festival dates, they’ve let the official video loose to heighten the buzz around this track.

It’s an interesting clip, to say the least. Centred around a set of emotionally-diverse ladies, the video focuses heavily on their expressions, and whilst most of them are happy and generally quite upbeat, there are scenes of more sombre appearance that temper the audio’s bubbly qualities and serve to add more emotional depth. With that said, at times they feel slightly incongruent with the growth of the track, and its almost relieving to have one of the happier characters reappear. In particular, the ladies with the crown and glass pane respectively are fun, light-hearted watches that seem to capture the essence of the audio very well, and blend with the video’s sunny environment much more effectively. It’s a nice show of diversity throughout though, and if anything the ups-and-downs in positivity make for a more realistic emotional experience, and hence it’s tough to criticise such visceral effectiveness. Worth a watch, and most certainly worth a listen.

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Prepare to feel good. Tribes have their sophomore album, Wish To Scream, landing on 20th May, and ahead of it they’ve let loose this anthemic, fantastically singalong single.

Opening with gentle guitars strums and a dash of piano, the track is abruptly joined by thicker instrumentation across the board, creating a deep soundscape that pretty much fills every sonic gap in the track for a wholesome, atmospheric experience. That’s built on with vocals that hover somewhere between classic punk, modern pop-punk and British indie, with the common factor being their infectious quality, both across the verses and the hooks, helped greatly by their desperate, relatively emotional delivery. The hook is the true anchor point of the track though, with the layered, melodic vocals having an addictive quality that doesn’t require a great deal of imagination to envision thousands singing along with it at: just as well, given they’ve got several upcoming festival appearances this summer.

It’s one of those tracks that will unquestionably captivate mainstream audiences at the sniff of an opportunity, and don’t be surprised if this ends up being one of indie’s big hits this summer. No news on a single release, but you can pre-order the album right now.

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