Tribes vibes
Tribes - Live at Electric Ballroom, London

It’s Friday night in Camden Town and at the illustrious venue which once played host to The Clash and Sid Vicious, Tribes are preparing for their set as their two young support acts take to the stage.

Warming up the crowd of predominantly indie kid teens are The Supernovas and Dog is Dead. Young adults themselves, there's a strong sense of identification in the crowd as a few revellers sing along with the angsty lyrics and perfect harmonies.

The Supernovas smash their rock 'n' roll-gone-electro set, exciting the crowd with a “Did any of you go rioting?” before bursting into a sporadic skank-fuelled number involving lead singer Joei Silvester singing into a megaphone.

The four-piece North London rockers seem to be the voice of this particular generation. Nottingham’s Dog Is Dead, a five piece indie pop band, breeze through their set of uplifting and infectious choruses, causing their audience to sing along with the harmonised vocals of songs such as ‘Young’.

A short interval and a look back reveals the hall now filled up and packed out to see headliners Tribes. As flashing strobe lights pierce the darkness, Johnny Lloyd and his band enter to cheers.

The frontman smiles at the crowd before him, the four piece (originally from Camden themselves) appearing completely at home and in high spirits. They break out ‘Girlfriend’ and ‘We Were Children’, getting everyone shoe-tapping and swaying in time with the beat. They casually introduce ‘Sappho’, which all present can hum or sing along with, due to its recent airing on the radio.

There is a feel good indie vibe in the air evoked by the sharply timed, in tune performance, confirming that, although the group formed just last year, they won’t be ones to fizzle out. Having already played Reading, Bestival and a corker of a performance at Latitude, plus supporting The Kooks while having their own nine date tour, they are well on their way to securing the affection of many a soul and dominating the indie market.

Tribes play out their final song to the very last note, simultaneously holding their guitars on their heads whilst still playing. The lights come up and the gig is over, shouts of “We want more!” can be heard from the front as others head for the exit, smiling and commenting on an excellent performance.

You may have come as just a Tribes lover and gone home a fan of the apt support acts too. Bustling gig goers leave the venue reciting “With a girl like Sappho, with a girl like you” and with the sense that there will definitely be much more to come from Tribes.

Words by Abitha Pallett
Photos by Stephen Fourie

For a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.

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