Tribes - We Were Children EP
It's sometimes hard to judge debut EPs, wary of critiquing too harshly a band that are just starting out, but with Tribes, the potential is already clear to see. Over three tracks (not including the acoustic demo of the title track), they more than showcase why they've been classed the "future of rock'n'roll" by the Mystery Jets amongst others, leaving you with the kind of exhilaration that only the discovery of a new favourite band can give. The excellent title track is first up and pulls off the trick of having a soft chorus against hard verses with an expert control of dynamics, before the more straightforward rock of 'Girlfriend' comes across as a grungier version of Weezer which, in our book, is no bad thing. However it's 'Coming Of Age' that steals the show as it has the Camden four-piece turning their hand at an emotive acoustic ballad with singer Johnny Lloyd's rough-edged vocals prove an effective juxtaposition to the gentle guitars. An impressive debut EP from a truly exciting new act, We Were Children leaves us counting the minutes until the release of Tribes' debut LP in August.