Tribes – “We Were Children”

Not since the heady days of The Others’ guerrilla gigs have people been so excited about a bunch of grubby Camdenites plugging in and playing in unconventional (and un-policed) settings: a few Sundays back, new London grunge revivalists and 90s fetishists Tribes (featuring a couple of members from the now defunct indie outfit Operahouse) filmed the video for their current single ‘We Were Children’ literally shouting from the rooftops to a large number of hastily-assembled revellers along Camden High Street.

Of course, it was social network site Facebook that mobilsed the party; a few days before, an event page notifying people of their intentions was circulating, with guests numbering in the several hundred. The page was then swiftly taken down, with a message sent to all attendees saying this was done to avoid the Rozzers catching wind of it all and to fear not, it was all still going ahead – surely only adding fuel to their already simmering fire.

The end result is seen in the above video; it appears everyday life ground to a halt for a short amount of time, and the band got the take they needed. It’d be easy to be cynical about it all, if the song wasn’t so damn good – huge choruses, nostalgic lyrics about being young in the mid 90s and some pretty emotive guitar lines get thrown together to create what is in effect one of ’11s best tracks to date.

We attended their ‘secret’ show at The Wheelbarrow this Saturday night just gone, and witnessed levels of beer-chucking devotion not seen since Pete and Carl took to the stage at Kentish Town Forum in 2003. It’s not only the underground who’ve got excited, either – behemoth Island Records recently picked them up and have just issued their debut EP (iTunes), with this song as its lead track. One suspects there’s a hell of a lot more to come, within the confines of the law or not.

Nightdriving (demo) by TRIBES

MP3: Tribes – Nightdriving (demo)

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