Camden heroes TRIBES are back with another bang in new single ‘Dad, I’m Not A Tough Guy’, from their first album in 10 years, ‘Rabbit Head’, out 18th August – via Downtown Music.
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‘Dad I’m Not A Tough Guy’ is a raw retrospective track oozing with honesty and passion. Transporting the listener through a cathartic journey, the new track and video explores the complexity of masculinity, peppered with their signature sound.
The release of ‘Dad I’m Not A Tough Guy’ follows a show-stopping return in singles ‘Hard Pill’ and ‘Medicine’ — both of which debuted on Steve Lamacq’s 6Music show and the former has been added to the 6Music playlist — ahead of their album Rabbit Head out 18th August.
August will also see the band embark on an extensive in-store tour playing to intimate crowds across the UK, including London, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton, Leeds, Brighton, and many more.
TRIBES have also recently announced a mammoth homecoming headline show at the legendary KOKO on 22nd September, 2023 – pre-order here. In April, TRIBES performed a sold-out surprise show at Camden’s Dublin Castle offering a taste of what’s to come, and also played a string of UK dates supporting the DMAs, including Wembley’s OVO Arena.
On the new single, the band said:
“The lyric came to me on the sidelines of a football pitch in London after a brief encounter by a burger stand. It was the only time on this record I wrote the music afterwards. I sat with that lyric for a few days before I found the right chords. It felt really special when it came together, I’m so proud of that song. It’s for everyone who’s felt out of place in life, everyone who’s felt like they are not the person they are expected to be by society”.
‘Dad, I’m Not A Tough Guy’ is paired with a music video jumping through paintings and drawings by singer Johnny Lloyd’s and bassist Jim Cratchley’s kids, and other friends of the band’s children.
On the video, the band said: “Throughout the writing and recording of our new album we were surrounded by Johnny’s daughter’s beautifully bizarre noodly drawings and wild vivid paintings. No rules, full chaos. We’d be in the studio at my place writing and she’d be on the floor with her giant pad covered in ink and paint, having a bloody whale of a time. I do wonder how much her work actually inspired some of the songwriting… So anyway when we had to think of something for the vid… the answer was right there. We then thought it’d be fun to open it up to a few other friends who have crazy little people too, so we threw it all together and there you have it. Hooplah!”
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.