Tribes: on their new album ‘Wish To Scream’, craziest outfits and support slot for The Rolling Stones

TribesBy Lucy Howell

Polkadots & Potions caught up with Johnny (vocalist/guitarist), Jim (bassist) and Miguel (drummer) from Tribes before their first gig of the tour in Sheffield. The Camden quintet will release their second studio album, Wish To Scream, on May 20th. They are currently touring the UK, as well as playing at several festivals this summer alongside rock royalty, The Rolling Stones.

How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never listened to you before?

Jim: British Rock ‘n’ Roll

Which bands would you say you’re most influenced by?

Jim: I think the ones we all have in common are Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, real sort of song crafty writers.

Miguel: We actually just found out we’re playing with Stones at the Hyde Park gig.

That’s pretty impressive! You must be excited?

Jim: Yeah it’s gonna be wicked. We’re doing Glastonbury as well, so we’re driving  down from there for Hard Rock Calling on the Saturday then gonna drive back up to Glastonbury to watch Stones. So we’ll see them twice within about 10 days.

Here’s Jim talking about the concert :

Can you tell us a bit about the new album?

Jim: We recorded it out in La Sound City Studios with a guy called Kevin Augunas who was a great man to be around. He is a very passionate music fan with great ideas, so it was an amazing experience. And to be out in LA doing it was a dream come true.

What song were you most excited about when you were recording?

Jim: Personally ‘How the other half live’ which is the first track released off the album. It just came from being a really simple demo, then working with Kevin through it and getting these incredible sounds out and just transformed it.

How does the new album compare to your debut?

Miguel: I think it’s more mature.

Jim: The main thing with the writing is that the first album was very much based on experiences and it was retrospective in a way where as this one is way more optimistic and forward thinking.

When it comes to fashion sense, they certainly look like they know what they’re doing; but Johnny tells us that’s not always the case…

You have a great following. Are you big users of social networks? Do you it has an important role in a band’s success?

Johnny: Not at the start. It’s so sad to see bands spending all their lives on their phones instead of writing tunes. But as time went on, and we signed to Island, they were keen on us using it. Now we have someone to help us out with it. You can’t really live without it because everyone relies on it.

Do you have any final words for your fans?

Johnny: The album is out May 20th, it’s on pre-order now.

You can listen to the full interview here

Photograph by Lucy Howell

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Style Icons: Katy Perry

Words by Steph Hodgkinson

Katy Perry

Katy Perry. Image courtesy of Daily Mail

California girl Katy Perry, 28, burst onto the pop scene in 2008 with her promiscuous debut single “I Kissed A Girl”. She grew up listening to gospel music and both her parents were pastors who devoted their lives to their faith, so her controversial image as a popstar is a far cry from her strict upbringing.

Katy’s been nominated for nine Grammy awards and was Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2012. With numerous hit singles, sell-out world tours and over 30 million Twitter followers under her belt, she has become one of the most influential and successful female stars of our time. As well as her successes, Katy’s also known for her individual kooky style.

She’s one of the few female style icons who is not afraid to stand out from the crowd with her often humorous, fun, bright and sexy outfits. She has described her style as “a bit of a concoction of different things”.

Katy rocks a quirky movie themed outfit. Image courtesy of

Katy is known for her trademark jet black curls (she’s actually a natural blonde) – which she’s been known to dye purple and pink.

Perhaps one of her most iconic outfits came in 2010 when she released her single “California Gurls”. The video is set in a candy world, similar to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. This created various confectionery-inspired outfits, the most iconic being her blue wig, cupcake bikini and ‘Daisy Dukes’ (denim hotpants).

Arguably Katy's most iconic outfit to date -on the set of "California Gurls"

Arguably Katy’s most iconic outfit to date -on the set of “California Gurls”. Image courtesy of

Last year she told Parade magazine: “I have a very short attention span, so I’m always experimenting. I like the darker look right now. It seems like I’ve been the candy queen for a long time, and as much as I loved creating that look, I know that if I don’t evolve people might get bored. I’ve been thinking about a new record, and I think that will kind of define the next evolution.”

Controversial, cheeky and cute all rolled into one, Katy Perry certainly enjoys experimenting with style and for that, we salute her!

At 2011's MTV VMAs in an Oriental-inspired outfit

At 2011’s MTV VMAs in an Oriental-inspired outfit. Image courtesy of

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