WORLD-TOUR KICKOFF BODES WELL
FOR MEMBERS OF TRIBE
Tribe, at Avalon, by Tristram
Tribe can only hope that the
hometown welcome that greeted the kickoff for its new
CD "Sleeper" at a packed Avalon, including
a mosh pit formed in the band's honor, will carry over
upcoming tour dates in the U.S. and Europe. At an 85-minute,
show Wednesday night, it was obvious the band deserves
to expand its
fan base beyond strongholds in Boston, Texas and France.
Tribe's live show often added a dynamic wallop to the
from "Sleeper", which was performed in its
As if to emphasize the sultry, creative pop kick of
written mostly by the band's married-couple-to-be, guitarist
and keyboardist Terri Barous, singer Janet LaValley
prowled the stage
with a teasing smile. LaValley appeared to have grown
as a frontwoman,
her vocals convincing and demeanor alluring as she grinned
in the crowd's
direction, appearing to be holding out on the answer
to a friendly riddle.
Brosius' soaring guitar lines shone brightest on "Sing
sort of a baroque rewrite of the old "Midnight
Hour" riff. Bassist Greg
LoPiccolo's "Supercollider," which switched
from lush to dissonant crush,
was another highlight, ably pumped along by new drummer
But it was Barous' keyboard inventions, nearly swallowed
on by an uneven sound mix, that really sparked the set.
Her loping slide
on "Miracle of Sound," warbling organ during
piano for "Nevermind" and echoing calliope
on "Red Rover" gave the songs
Barous joined with LaValley for sweet sweeps of harmony
nicely contrasted the chunky rhythms of "Crawl"
and "Romeo Poe." But
Barous' one stab at lead vocalist, on "Rescue Me,"
was a stiff one, with
arms kept at her side.
LaValley's best work was near the end of the set, with
peaking behind her. She ripped through "Joyride"
(the hit from the band's
debut album "Abort"), the dreamy "Vigil"
and the rushing build of "Jakpot,"
navigating soothing lullabies into rousing belts. And
LaValley and the
rest did an especially cool job of resurrecting the
'60s gem, "Baby It's
You" for their encores.