TRIBES – Rabbit Head

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Some things are worth waiting for, and no more so than the highly-anticipated album from TRIBES. It’s been over ten years since their last release ‘Wish To Scream’ and their subsequent break up, but with ‘Rabbit Head’, the Camden quartet are revitalised and have delivered an impressively exciting album.

Being a little older and a little wiser from their previous experience in the music business has helped shape ‘Rabbit Head’ into a super-charged album full of anthemic tracks that are well rounded yet bold. It feels like this album – their third is the one that TRIBES were always destined to make. 

From resilience to perseverance, the band navigate their way around the fourteen tracks with a never say die attitude. Album opener ‘Hard Pill’ sets the tone with its anthemic chorus and crunching guitars with lyrics like “Walk back out into the storm / We’ve heard this thunder before / It’s just an echo behind us”, in essence saying, we are all bigger than the storm we are facing, but let’s get through it together.

Single ‘Medicine’ is a track about using music as medicine with lines like “let’s make our own medicine” and the gritty real life of life on the road as a musician exclaiming that there are “a thousand miles to do tonight”. It translates their live energy to the studio and is a little slice of indie rock bedlam.

‘Grandad’s On The Beer’ is deeper than you would think with the protagonist asking ‘what have we become’ sounds like a fusion of The Kinks and Supergrass and builds and builds with its fuzzy guitars and driving bass. ‘Dad I’m Not A Tough Guy’ is a bit more stripped back, candid and heartfelt, this is a confessional track that explores the complexities of a father/son relationship.

This is wholeheartedly a more sincere, open and emotional approach to ‘Rabbit Head’ and you can see this throughout the album both the band’s way both with the lyrics and the intricate melodic interplay.

‘Rabbit Head’ is a bold and assured collection of songs that is guaranteed to catapult TRIBES back to their rightful place in music.


Words: Emma Harrison

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