- The Boston Club Zine
Live Review by Seth A. and
Tribe wtih Sidewalk Gallery
at Avalon December 10th
David A: So Seth A:, what'd ya
think of the show? I've gotta say, I was impressed...
Seth A: Well D, I am beginning
to understand the attraction and mystique behind the
Janet LaValley persona. Tribe put on a first class show.
D: Yes, yes. Everything worked
- the sound, the room, the crowd and the band were top
shelf. Love this job man, gettin to see one of my favorite
Boston bands, gettin to hang out with them and then
write about it. I'm afraid though that our review this
month might be a little friendly on my end, so I'll
leave the objective journalism to you!
S: Kudos to Tom for pushing the
limits of excellent sound. Avalon is a great place for
an ear massage. I was suprised that I recognized as
many songs as I did... Tribe has some excellent tunes.
D: Strong songwriting indeed.
There are many strengths in this group - smart guitar
playing, Janet LaValley's incredible stage presence
(a given) and good backup vocals all backed by a solid
rhythm section. Speaking of that, man, there was some
violent drumming going on last night! One broken bass
drum, one pair of flying eyeglasses... I was really
lovin' the drummin'. They really seem to enjoy what
S: Very tasteful guitar playing
indeed. Eric has a real touch. He never overplayed yet
somehow kept it all interesting. I'm not familiar with
the catalog as you are, Mr. D., enlighten more with
some tune names, my brother.
D: They opened with the title
track to their new album "Sleeper," then went
into "Here at the Home," from the "Abort"
album, then, to tell you the truth I didn't really keep
track. They played many familiar songs like "Abort"
and "Joyride" as well as a big chunk of tunes
from "Sleeper." Keyboardist Terri Barous took
center stage to sing lead on "Rescue Me" from
"Abort." The end of the show saw the band
play some old material from back during Tribe's infancy.
Musta been a cool thing for the hardcore fans... and
by the way, that _was_ "Sweet Home Alabama"
S: Thanks for the lowdown. Sidewalk
Gallery did a fantastic job of warming up the crowd.
I guess bands avec twins are pretty hot right now...
Kim Deal & Co. don't seem to be suffering. "Silver
Chain" is really a great little ditty. It deserves
a lot more airplay. Anyhow, those guys can play. Berklee
certainly produces some serious musicians.
D: Great harmonies with that
group. I'm glad I finally saw them play. There were
a good choice for an opener. I wonder, where was that
gorgeous cello player that I've heard so much about?
S: Couldn't tell you D., but
I'm surprised your eye even wandered! Wasn't Janet enough
to satisfy your manly appetite?
D: Uhhh, yes she was...
S: I respect your silence, my
D: Anyway, I'm psyched that there's
some momentum behind Tribe lately. A video for "Supercollider"
is in the can. I got a chance to speak to the band about
it, and apparently they went down to the actual Supercollider
facility to film it on location. They were very happy
with the final cut. I hear it looks amazing.
S: Didn't I see Tribe on Conan?
That's a pretty good gig these days.
D: Yea, the Conan show is really
good about showcasing new bands. They say it was a great
low key vibe playin' that show.
S: Yea, it was cool to see Tribe
is grounded in reality. A true bunch of mellow, cool
individuals - they dig computers and stuff. In fact,
you can E-mail them at "firstname.lastname@example.org"
if you're on the Internet.
D: All and all, another good
night out. No real complaints except for the drink prices!
A great homecoming for a Boston band. After coming off
their west coast tour I bet it was great to have such
a large, receptive crowd. So Seth A., who we gonna write
about next month?
S: We'll take it as it comes,
David A., but I'd like to extend an invite to the Janet
LaValley admirer who passed the charcoal sketch onto
the stage - send us some work and we'll make sure you
D: Yea man, send some stuff in...
Well Seth A., should I say it, or do you want to?
S: I'll take it as usual... We
gots to spread. Happy new year, y'all. Peace.