The complete antithesis to the melancholic navel-gazing trip-hop acts that put their Bristol hometown on the musical map in the mid-90s, hedonistic sextet The Other Tribe are only concerned with having fun in the club.
Thankfully, as the layers of paint emblazoned across their faces and habit of performing at warehouse raves might suggest, it’s the era of acid house, rather than today’s EDM nonsense, which has shaped their celebratory sound.
Graduates of Bristol University, lead vocalist James Hill, bassist Miles Metric, guitarist Alex Oldroyd, keyboardist Max Cleary, drummer Ollie White and percussionist Charlie Brown first began to attract attention in 2009 when their energetic sets, performed as one long continuous DJ-like mix, saw them awarded the title of their city’s best live band.
After signing to the Black Butter label, the home of recent UK chart-toppers Rudimental, The Other Tribe inadvertently landed their most high-profile gig at last year’s Bestival when they were asked to replace Azealia Banks, who had pulled out at the last minute, on the Main Stage.
Unfortunately, they failed to capitalise on this stroke of luck when “Skirts,” a euphoric slice of tribal dance-pop tailor made for long summer nights, was bizarrely released at the end of September and subsequently only just scraped the UK Top 40 when it should have been hurtling towards the other end.
But having spent the winter months recording new material with Hot Chip producer Mark Ralph in a barn in the Bristol countryside, The Other Tribe now appear ready to unleash their sun-soaked new-rave sound once again with festival appearances scheduled at Ibiza Rocks, Reading & Leeds and the Secret Garden Party, and a new single, “My Girl,” which veers more towards the playful deep house territory of Tensnake and Azari & III.
Other tracks unveiled so far include “Your Kisses,” which recalls Friendly Fires frontman Ed MacFarlane’s recent collaboration with Disclosure, the trippy day-glow throwback of “Businessman On Diazepam” and the throbbing early 80s-inspired electro of “We Should Be Dancing.” Their debut album, if it’s released at the right time, could turn out to be one of the best pure party records of the year.