article is most likely from Cellars By Starlight.
Which is a weekly article in The Boston Phoenix
about the Boston rock scene. During most of the
90's the article was written by Brett Milano.
Nothing so dramatic happened
in the case of Tribe's break-up, which was more a matter
of guitarist Eric Brosius and keyboardist Terri Barous
(who were recently married and who wrote about half
the band's songs together) deciding they'd had enough.
"Really, things were going fine. We'd just done
a batch of demos and they came out good," says
"But we were at the point
where we needed to do something different. A band has
its own rules and routines, and after a while it gets
old. When you end up not being into it anymore, it turns
into a job. I don't think anyone in the band wanted
to do it forever; we all had the feeling we'd do one
more record and then see how we felt. For Terri and
me, it reached the point Where we didn't want to wait
"It wasn't a huge shock
when they announced they were leaving," says bassist
Greg LoPiccolo. "We all feel good about what we've
done, but there was a lot of creative tension. It's
hard to keep a band together and keep everybody feeling
positive. We managed to do it for nine years."
LoPiccolo is now looking to recruit
new bandmates, Brosius and Barous will continue working
together, and singer Janet LaValley will likely pursue
a solo career. (New member Mike Levesque, who never
got to record with the band, remains a local session
drummer of choice, as does former Tribe drummer Dave
Penzo.) In a strange twist of fate, Tribe found out
they'd been dropped by Slash/Warner shortly after
their decision to disband.
"The nature of our band
was pretty much a five-way thing with nobody in charge,"
LoPiccolo concludes. "Sometimes it took a fair
amount of effort to glue it together into something