Name: Tribe 11
Album: six degrees of desperation
bass guitar – tom lewis
drums & percussion – gary craig
electric & acoustic guitar – mike hall
keyboards – gary breit
lead/background vocals – steven webster
THE PACKAGING! OH MY GOD THE PACKAGING! Alright, I realize this is a music review site and I should be listening to the music and making my judgment on that. And I even have offered bands to send me mp3′s of their albums to save on postage costs. But there *is* something about receiving albums in the mail. And I just feel special receiving something in the mail. But this is AWESOME. Tribe 11 Sprung for a Digipack which is a card cover with a CD tray inside. These are more expensive to make which is impressive enough. I just finally pulled out the insert stuffed into the sleeve of the digipack. The lyrics are printed on this insert. Only.. it’s folded really funny. I went to school for printing so the folds intrigued me. The paper wouldn’t fold out flat. After unfolding a few times I realized I am unfolding a LOOP of paper, printed on both sides, in that infinite way paper can be looped to prove that paper really only has one side. I’m geeking out like crazy for some folded paper. I realize. I should start reviewing the music now, eh?
Rock, Metal, Alternative. I think this may very well be my first introduction into indie metal music. I never know what metal really is, because my friends who grew up with the 80′s hair bands say that was metal and I just don’t see it. I can’t classify music anyways so maybe it’s better this way. This stuff is definitely stuff I don’t normally listen to, because I didn’t know what it was before. I enjoy it definitely. So it’s not like I won’t listen to it again. I just offered my friend who is into remixing and being a sound artist to see what he can come up with. If something cool turns out I’m going to have to e-mail Tribe 11 back.
While I’m not great on appreciating lyrics, I love the lyrics the first time I listen to the songs on six degrees of desperation. I also have a horrible memory so I can’t remember the lyrics by the time I’m done listening to them, but what I do listen to, always sounds profound on this album. Everything sounds like a whole lot of truth, and a whole lot of expectations. And it makes sense. And for the 3 or so minutes that I can remember them, all I think about is how I want to remember these lyrics because I don’t want to forget… until I forget. Umm… I just realized now that my iTunes decided to not give me song titles but to give me “Ariadne for theseus’ sake provided the clue, a ball of line to unwind the maze which no one had entered and left.”… This is officially the weirdest band I’ve ever encountered.
I honestly waant to hear this in some club I walk into one night. Just a big dance floor with darkness and bright lights and glow sticks galore. Dark moody people and happy overgrown little kids.