Camden heroes TRIBES today announce their August in-store UK tour, coinciding with the release of their highly-anticipated first album in 10 years, Rabbit Head, out 18th August – via Downtown Music.
Covering unfamiliar ground, August’s in-store tour will see TRIBES play to intimate crowds across the UK, with locations including London, Bristol, Liverpool, Southampton, Leeds, Brighton, and many more – full dates below.
On the tour, singer Johnny Lloyd commented: “We will be visiting as many towns as possible on this run of acoustic shows and signings, some places we’ve never played before. Being up close and personal with our audience and getting to meet everyone is what we’re craving, and we can’t wait to play the new album to as many people as we can”.
This year has so far seen TRIBES return with a sold-out surprise show back in March at Camden’s Dublin Castle offering a taste of what’s to come, and also a string of UK dates supporting the DMAs, including Wembley’s OVO Arena. In April, the band also announced a mammoth homecoming headline show at the legendary Roundhouse on 30th September, 2023 – pre-order here.
Last week, TRIBES released their second single from Rabbit Head – the energy-riddled, punk-inspired Medicine, paired with a retro-style music video of them causing mayhem outdoors – watch it here. Medicine followed a show-stopping return in single Hard Pill – both tracks debuted on Steve Lamacq’s BBC6 Music show and the former has since been added to the BBC 6Music C-list.
Back with their boldest record yet, Rabbit Head captures both how TRIBES got here and where they’re heading next. They might have taken the long way round but the album feels like the one TRIBES were always destined to make. They are a band revitalised.
Lyrically, ‘Rabbit Head’ finds TRIBES older and a little more reflective than their younger selves. “There’s a lot more sincerity to the lyrics,” says Lloyd. “It’s a bit more open emotionally, subjects I wouldn’t have encroached upon in my early twenties, a bit more honesty.”
‘Rabbit Head’ is an album where TRIBES sound more assured than they ever have, a band totally in tune with themselves. It opens with the crunching rocker ‘Hard Pill’, placed up top because it was the song that kick-started everything. “It was the first song I’d written since the band split up, it feels like the end and the start of the band at the same time, it’s about the rebuilding of relationships.”
TRIBES UK IN-STORE AUGUST TOUR DATES 2023
Sat 12 Aug – Hey Joe, Brentwood
Sun 13 Aug – Beyond Vinyl, Newcastle
Monday 14 Aug – Jacaranda, Liverpool
Thurs 17 Aug – Banquet, Kingston-Upon-Thames
Fri 18 Aug – Vinyl Whistle, Leeds
Sat 19 Aug – Rough Trade, Bristol
Sun 20 Aug – Truck, Oxford
Mon 21 Aug – Rough Trade West, London
Tues 22 Aug – Vinilo, Southampton
Wed 23 Aug – Resident, Brighton