Camden heroes TRIBES are back with another bang in new single ‘Medicine’ with an accompanying music video, from their first album in 10 years, Rabbit Head, out 18th August – via Downtown Music.
Medicine oozes with energy. Charmingly flirting between punk and garage-esque rock, the new track encapsulates TRIBES running riot and is peppered with their signature sound. It’s only fitting that it’s paired with a retro-style music video of them causing mayhem outdoors. The release of Medicine follows a show-stopping return in single ‘Hard Pill’, which debuted on Steve Lamacq’s BBC6 Music show in March and has since been added to the BBC 6Music C-list.
TRIBES have also recently announced a mammoth homecoming headline show at the legendary Roundhouse on 30th 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.
Commenting on Medicine, singer Johnny said: “Medicine was one of the last songs we recorded for ‘Rabbit Head’ and was just a wave of energy exploding out onto tape. It’s about being in our band and being out on the road together. ‘They had it good in the 70’s, I’ve never even seen a limousine”
On the trials and tribulations of touring as a band, guitarist Dan White penned this passage:
”Turn it up! Windows down, heading straight back out of town at ten to miss the traffic. Service station, Travelodge, last night’s rider, water and cider rattling around at the lights. M1 M6 congestion charge. Aux cable, toothpaste, iphone charger, pants. Tube screamer, turbo rat, tuner mayonnaise. Picks. Louder! Alright lads. Load in round the back by the bins. Got any guest list? No. What time we on? Louder! What’s that buzz? Play the old stuff. Play the new stuff. Plenty of signed T-shirts in a broken cardboard box. Love the band, love the crew. And no one gets paid.”
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.