Tribes of the City

Tribes of the City

BandAlternativeRock

Between magic and technology. Between sacred and profane. Between society and solitude pave their way Tribes of the City from Latvia. One can find in their music the rumbling of sea and noise of the city, murmur of the forest and crackle of electricity.

Biography

Tribes of the City (formed in 2004) are six musicians coming from different backgrounds and carrying different world views, yet by holding together they manage to create a sensational sounding, which carries the listener away to their imaginary world. People call them modern shoegazers and mention the special energy of their live performances.

Their newest album called "for the sleepy people" is created in close co-operation with British sound producer Greg Haver, who is known by his work with such bands as Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals and Catatonia.

"for the sleepy people" is the second album in band's discography. Their first record - "Running to the Sun" was produced in Denmark in 2004. Back then Baltic musical press already called it a "European-scale event".

Their first music video - "Grace" won the Latvian music award for best video of 2004. The new video for "A Day In The City" has charted on MTV Networks Baltic (Baltic Top 20), MTV European (World Chart Express) and MTV Nordic (Top 6@6) and local channels like LMK in Latvia (where it won the first place in 2006 year charts), A1TV in Russia, Lithuanian TV and others.

Band's influences include artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Sonic Youth, Claude Debussy, Wire, Cranes, Mahogany, The Velvet Underground, Arvo Part, Mogwai, Brian Eno, Primal Scream, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Amusement Parks On Fire. But band's sounding is really special and influences are too widespread to talk about it more concretely.

Baltic music critics and audience are excited and call them the biggest breakthrough act in Latvian history: “the best female vocalist in Latvian music scene of the last 20 years” (FHM Latvia); “calling it promising would be a huge understatement” (delfi.lv); “the sound of the band has changed beyond all recognition and absolutely for the better” (tvnet.lv); “a real step forward for the evolution of the Latvian music scene” (latviansonline.com); “this is the Art, an excellent record” (Maksla Plus magazine); “the best Latvian album produced in 2006 year” (Muzikas Saule magazine).

Recent touring around Blatics and Russia; appearances on festivals throughout the years (Stop the Silence!, Baltic Beach Party, Positivus AB, be2gether, Plink Plonk to name the few); performances as supporting acts for internationally acknowledged artists (as Iggy Pop, Cranes); collaborations with other artists and industry (some examples are: fashion show performance for Mare&Rols – voted the best Latvian fashion designers of 2006; photoshoot with Paul Paper - collaborations include Schneider TM, Michel Fakesch; TV advertising series for TELE2 mobile operator; Nokia sponsored tour; group's vocalist Ksenija Sundejeva starring in newest Latvian feature film "Amateur"); publications and reviews in major press (Jalouse France, TimeOut Russia, FHM Latvia, Cosmopolitan Latvia etc)... Tribes of the City have attracted praise of critics and audience and earned themselves a reputation as the strongest and most unique band ever appear from the Baltic Region.

“They're a unique band - smart, creative and capable of making beautiful songs,” admits Greg Haver, record producer. “I was captured by their desire to make beautiful but challenging music and truly enjoyed the recording session. I feel they'll have a significant role in taking Latvia's music outside its borders!”

Recently Tribes of the City took home two prizes at the prestigious Latvian Music Awards 2006 – Best Rock song and Best music video. As well as the Best Latvian Album 2006 award by Latvian most authoritative music magazine "Muzikas Saule".

Nominated for "Best Baltic Act" on MTV Europe.

As participant of "In the City 2007" festival in Manchester was included in TOP 7 groups of BBC "must listen" coverage.

Recently "Tribes of the City" recorded a live videos of their new songs in collaboration with "Treehouse Sessions", which are availibe on www.treehousesessions.com

Currently Tribes of the City are in process of recordiing their 3rd album.

Lyrics

I Don't Know

Written By: Tribes of the City

I don't know
How to tame the blue sky
I don't know
How to teach myself
How to fly

I don't know where it starts
I don't know where it ends
I don't know where's my head
I don't know where to stop

I don't know what happened last night
And who am I
Still I don't know
Why does it feel so high

I don't know where it starts
I don't know where it ends
I don't know where's my head
I don't know where to stop

A Dream

Written By: Tribes of the City

No matter where we're going
But running we won't get far
No matter, whether we fly
Your legs won't bother us

No matter how we sleep
Holding hands, apart
No matter
Whether you feel lost
It's all over

No matter, where's your way
Is that the path ahead?
No matter, where's your soul
I know it's hiding somewhere
In your eyes
I can see it sparkle

No matter if it comes
Tearing you apart
No matter if it hurts
This bad, you cannot stand
And if it burns
Don't worry

It's all over
Just fall asleep and dream away

A Day in the City

Written By: Tribes of the City

It's silent
At my place
It's so cold in here
I can't feel my toes

I've got dirty nails
Broken fingers
And a million faces
In the dark corner
It's my day
It's my place
And it's my turn
To speak now

I can say what it is
I can say what it is
I'm happy with life

But nobody understands
The way my life turned around in the end
And nobody cares
For the way my lie turned around in the end

Hopeless
And homeless
You are sitting alone
By the fireplace
And your bones
Seem to break
Pretty fast
Are you old?
You are old, you are old
That's all you hear
All the time

It's my day
It's my place
And it's my turn
To speak now

I can say what it is
I can say what it is
I'm happy with life

But nobody understands
The way my life turned around in the end
And nobody cares
For the way my life turned around in the end
Nobody's there
You can dance as if no one is watching
Because nobody sees
The convergence we've got in between...

Discography

Albums:
"for the sleepy people", 2006 (Platforma Records)
"Running to the Sun", 2004 (Melo Records)

Compilations:
"I Don't Know" is included in "Europavox 2007" compilation CD.

Airplay singles:
"I Don't Know", October 2006
"A Dream", July 2006
"A Day In The City", March 2006
"Running to the Sun", 2005
"Grace", 2004

additional tracks from the albums get random airplay on radio stations in Baltic region, Russia and Scandinavia.

Set List

A Day in the City
A Dream
Waves
You Never Come
I Don't Know
Walking Blind
Love Forever
The House Where We Live

Play times and set list can vary depending on event specifics, but typical set length is from 30 min to 1 hour.