New Discovery : Trybe : grunge/psychadelic rock
From their own home-made studio built in a warehouse, founding members James Flowers and Gabriel Rivas have given birth to Trybe – a belated bastard child of AIC and Pink Floyd.
*Editors Note: Now to be fair I should point out that I started writing this article months ago, back before Trybe had released their latest album, Circles, and only had released Dissection. While I would have appeared more prophetic then, we stand by our belief that Trybe truly is an underground success waiting to happen. We believe they have enough of that elusive “X” factor for a band to become recognized and famous.
Consisting of two members, James Flowers and Gabriel Rivas, Trybe first came into existence with the release of Dissection back in 2012. The release you’ll hear on Bandcamp has a very raw and dirty sound; but if you can get past the amateur recording quality you will find yourself thoroughly impressed with the unique sound of Trybe.
When asked about the band’s influences Flowers commented
“I suppose the more easily heard influences would be bands like Tool, Mastodon, Alice in Chains, Pantera, and classic Manson, but that extends way out to bands like Dillinger Escape Plan, Daughters, Deftones, NIN, early Godhead, Rage, Shpongle and more.”
With Dissection we get a full dose of Trybe’s aggression, pouring through in tracks like Now What, Descent and Gestation of Consciousness all being interwoven with their own psychedelic flavored songs: Intermission and Autumn (our favorite). Now with Circles there is a noticeable progression, not only of quality but growth in Trybe’s sound. With the album being half the size of Dissection we had fewer to choose from; our favorite track from Circles is the last, Back to Dust, with its NIN influenced vocal opening, slowly building momentum for a crashing drum and guitar instrumental outro.
It should also be mentioned that Trybe is giving away their music! It takes balls to toil all day only to give away your work but Flowers has a very decisive view on his music and the industry
“The album is being given away because it’s music. That should speak for itself, but to elaborate, true art is made for the sake of art. Our pleasure comes from the process of making the music, not the paycheck. The second you start making art for profit is the second you lose your legitimacy as an artist. I’m sure at some point we’ll have to monetize, but it’ll be for the sake of being put back into the music, paying for production, materials, etc.”
Trybe is one of those bands where the drummer has caused more harm than good. As Flowers put it to us
“We’ve gone through a number of drummers at this point. We’ve had some pretty horrid experiences with attitudes and laziness, so we’ve just decided to cut that out of the equation for our upcoming release [Circles] this summer.”
What – a lazy drummer?! I thought that was just a stereotype!! Anyway, it seems that James and Gabriel have had some of their own percussion training as they assumed the role for Circles and did a fine job on the album. We’ll have to keep tabs on them to see who they tap for any upcoming tours.
Mark our words, Trybe has the makings of a band with real promise and they may yet become a band we help discover.
Photos snagged from Trybe’s Facebook page
Download one of their albums from Bandcamp today!