INTERVIEW: the TRiBE

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Doing great! Thank you for having us.

Can you talk to us more about your latest singles “Red Flag/Bomba”?

Both of these songs — along with much of the upcoming album — were inspired by mid-90s hip-hop and early 2000’s r&b grooves. Coupled with these familiar/nostalgic sounds is what we’d hope might be considered a nuanced take on lyricism and vocal performance that elevates it above simple imitation of a classic sound that we love and makes it something new. We loved incorporating hip-hop on this album because it allows for so much to be said while not being weighed down by more emotive vocal melodies.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write these songs?

We’d probably have never gotten off the back-to-back weekend show routine until someone forced us…it was super, super fun living that way for a while. Having (by far) our most successful run in February 2020 — with a stop at Brooklyn Bowl and Ardmore Music Hall — there was an overwhelming sense of disappointment when we realized all we’d been working towards was now up in the air. I think the great majority of these songs being a good deal more laid back than our past work makes a lot of sense, in retrospect. We didn’t want to slow down, but we had to…so I think we were subconsciously getting closer to the music that makes us feel better equipped to deal with these surreal times.

Any plans to release any sort of video for any of the tracks?

We already have a video for Highlights, Red Flag, and Bomba and plan on wrapping up at least one more to add to the list especially once things cool down in PA.

How was the recording and writing process?

Weird. Because we were all remote, we had very few sessions together as a unit, if any. We were just going with whatever worked, and we made tons of demos. The ones that stuck out, we kept. Regarding the lyrics, they seemed to come a bit easier just because there seems to be no shortage of current events (from personal to global) to comment on.

What role does PA play in your music?

All of us agree that Pennsylvania is a beautiful state to call home. Our best tracking session was done around a fire on our bassist’s beautiful land in Northeast PA…hooked up to a generator. (I.e. best, in regards to performances, probably not sound quality).

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

It’s done! Releasing digitally on 12/30.

What else is happening next in The TRiBE’s world?

Hopefully, a great deal of healing and getting back to doing what we love to do in 2021. We’re grateful to be able to use what we had to make this album this year, in spite of all the hurdles…but we’re really excited to get in front of crowds again and let them hear what we have to offer.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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