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Interview: The Other Tribe

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Welcome to The Other Tribe. The Bristol six piece are a tribal dance outfit that are set to rise to the top with their infectious, bouncy summer songs. TNS sits down with Miles Metric from the band as he tells us why we should all join the tribe.

The Other Tribe certainly have a distinct, yet diverse sound that experiments with the many aspects of dance. Metric expands upon this, stating: "We’d describe ourselves as dance music, but with a really strong tribal edge through our use of percussion, tribal instruments and a coherent tribal theme."

He goes on to say: "There are many elements to our music, as we experiment with house, techno, electro, pop, indie. But it’s so much easier just to say dance!" This diversity is evident, with the summery nostalgia of Skirts completely contrasted to the fast, bass driven techno of Businessman on Diazepam, yet the band's essential tribal undertones shine through in both tracks.

 

Many of The Other Tribe’s tracks have an undeniable energy and appear to be written with a firm focus on their live show. Metric echoes this sentiment, stating: "We write our songs with the live element in mind, and we try and make our songs sound as close to the live experience as we can."

The live experience is something to behold as well and it is when The Other Tribe feel most at home. Speaking about their live shows Metric states: "We try and encapsulate the excitement of a DJ set by having our show completely fixed, with no gaps in between the songs. So it’s a non stop rave for 45 minutes!"

Their show is a lot more dynamic and interactive than you would expect from a normal dance show: "We have the dynamic aspects of an indie or rock band on stage but we’re definitely playing dance music."

 

With such a refined live show it is no wonder all the right people are starting to pay attention to the band and their profile has risen sharply in the last year, somewhat taking them by surprise: "It’s been brilliant but really surreal. We’ve had a lot of Radio One and XFM play recently, our favourite moment was hearing ourselves on Radio One for the first time, we just ran around the kitchen screaming!"

There is a feeling among The Other Tribe that their hard work is finally starting to pay off, which Metric alludes to: "It’s literally a dream come true, but I’m still too confused by the whole situation to talk about it in any logical sense, but its really nice."

Their profile may even be set to increase further with the release of their debut EP Skirts. Describing the EP, Metric reveals: "We’ve got our favourite song, with some remixes we’ve done for some awesome bands such as T Williams, Jody Wisternoff and Don Diablo."

Already the early signs are good for the EP: "We’re getting a really good response from the remixes, with quite a few Djs picking up the tracks and playing them here and there."

 The Other Tribe have provided something fresh with their tribal take on dance music. In Skirts the band have had a late summer hit, a perfect slice of nostalgia to dance along to and remember a brief time when the weather wasn’t so miserable. Their tribal dance music is slowly converting people across the country and inducting them into the swelling ranks of The Other Tribe.  

Catch The Other Tribe live at The Town on Fri 26th Oct, at Unit 1, 77 Sidney St, Sheffield & on Fri 9th Nov at The Old Library, Custard Factory, Birmingham. Visit www.tothetown.co.uk for more info.

 




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