TRIBE
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The Boston Phoenix
1994
   
This 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.  

Tribe's Break-up

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 Brosius.

"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 another year."

 
Photo by Eric Antoniou

"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 coherent."

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