Following Tribes and their gradual progression is a set-up I've been eager to follow. To see their appeal at a gig out of London was the reason that I opted for Brighton, and with the upgraded venue as a result of demand, what this showed was that they had many likers. The young crowd of people who were at Concorde 2 gave a hint of their now widened audience. And as Tribes stepped on stage to start off with 'Whenever', what I felt was the effects from those bouncing.
Johnny Lloyd's talk of their tour with their first date in Brighton, led onto how they all loved the town. A reciprocated feeling from a girl at the front, who yelled 'I love you Johnny!', 'I love you Miguel!' after 'Sappho'. A nice set of words, which I'm not sure they heard, though I'm sure they are words they'd be proud of.
Someone who did receive a mention was Jimmy Cratchley's girlfriend, Natalie, who was noted before they played my current well-favoured 'Himalaya' courtesy of Lloyd's, 'This one's for Natalie, it's called 'Himalaya''. A nice dedication, with enrapturing vocals, with the lyrics being followed throughout.
The bassist's introduction of my other well-liked, 'Walking in The Street', was played at ease with a foundation of arm moves . Johnny's following of 'we're playing stuff off old EPs tonight, dunno if anyone knows this, it's called 'Not So Pretty'', was joyfully welcomed and clearly well-known going by the response it received.
Tribes' first live play of their well-formed and slightly more-tamed, 'Halfway Home', was one that regained a fair correspondence between Dan, Johnny and Jimmy in the strings department, as well as a sound projection of vocals to add.
Lloyd's invitation for people to stick around was noted when he shared how the band would be '-hanging around for a beer afterwards, so come around and say 'hello'', before his announcement of only two more songs to play. With 'When My Day Comes', being fused with body moves and lyric joiners, Johnny's initiation of claps was pretty easily followed.
The vocal leadership by Dan White in the reverb-fuelled, 'Alone Or With Friends', was what continued the band's run to the end. An adopted leadership, which was teamed well with the backing vocals from both Lloyd and Cratchley. And managed to sustain the night's gratitude.
'Thank you very much, you've been fantastic tonight!' were the praised words before the anticipated tale of 'We Were Children'. A live play which this time round, saw vocalist, Johnny, detached from his guitar allowing him to wander around the stage pretty freely. A good thing for sure for the ones at the front as his interaction left him virtually molested.
The swaying of arms to their 'Coming Of Age' closure was what ended it for their content crowd of goers.
From what I've seen on the home grounds of London and their build-up in over a year, is a charm that is actually quite subtle, and continues to work in Tribes' favour.
Despite an apparent mishap in timing, which I honestly was not aware of, what I grasped from Tribes' gig out of London, is how their subtleness is what adds to their fanbase.
Tribes setlist @ Concorde 2, Brighton:
4. Corner Of An English Field
6. Nightdriving (Useless God)
7. Walking In The Street
8. Not So Pretty
9. Halfway Home
10. Bad Apple
11. When My Day Comes
Alone Or With Friends
We Were Children
Coming Of Age
Photography by Stella Man