By 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.
Photograph by Lucy Howell