are a mish-mash of influences and musical styles: 70s
artrock, 80s punk and classical training. They're a
Boston band that takes rock'n'roll history into their
basement, disassembles it, and designs different ways
to put it back together. Just for fun.
all do lots of things together," says Tribe's lead
vocalist, Janet LaValley. "We all live in the same
house. We're friends. That makes great chemistry in
feel like a bunch of kids from middle-class backgrounds,"
says bassist Greg LoPiccolo, "living as a family
Christmas, the five members of Tribe buy each other
lots of toys: blow-up Godzillas, battery-operated water
Uzis and Coleco race cars. Their independent EP, "Tribe"
(on Rutabaga Records), sounds like the excited mayhem
of Christmas morning-spontaneous and unruly. On the
funky, groovy "Abort," high, dissonant guitar
screeches collide with a constant dance beat, setting
the stage for LaValley's deep, ominous voice. It's loud,
they're still without a recording contract, Tribe has
attracted the attention of several major labels. They've
been together for three years, gig nonstop (mostly in
the Boston area), their demos get lots of radio play
and, for the past two years, they have been voted "best
unsigned band" by the Boston Phoenix. But, while
the size of their following grows and offers get more
enticing, the band keeps its perspective.
important to keep testing ourselves," says LoPiccolo,
"and our music so that as a group we develop a
more centered direction with an eye toward longevity."