Wednesday, February 2, 2011


There’s a buzz building in Camden, heard as far off as Boston and downtown Beirut. Yep, things are happening blindingly fast for new London band Tribes. Get this - they've been going for just over a year, haven’t even released their first full length, just joined Facebook and have already played with the Pixies. And now they're off to Tokyo, to play with Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Strokes. 

But first they’ve got XOYO tonight and the NME Awards show at Shepherds Bush Empire on February 9, with their old pals Mystery Jets. I caught up with Johnny Lloyd (vocals, guitar), Jim Cratchley (bass), Migeul Demelo (drums) and Dan White (guitar) backstage before their sold out XOYO show with Foreign Office and Paradise Point.

So how are you guys enjoying 2011 so far?

JL: It’s been great to see ourselves in the NME a bit. And to do that BBC Radio Maida Vale thing. We had a great time. And we’re really excited about the show at XOYO tonight.

How many bands to watch in 2011 lists did you make?

DW: We're on a couple but I find lists like that a bit misleading, to be honest. 

JC: They’re all very different. 

DW: And you seem to be able to buy your way on 'em. Everyone that seems to have a massive record deal’s on there.

JL: We were on the NME one, that’s the one that counts.

JC: Because they actually listen to the music.

Read the full interview on Don't Panic Online.

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