From the woods of northern Sweden, a gang of guitar-slinging kids are bringing fresh blood to the dancefloor-filling indie rock that’s been suspiciously quiet for the last decade. Welcome back, cold-blooded killer hooks. It’s been too long. Despite the gritty topics explored that are well beyond the band members’ years (hands up for death, sex, love, and self-detriment), frenetic energy permeates the band’s sound and a warm melodic embrace counters the emotional punch.
Tribe Friday’s stage show is an electric spectacle that benefits from the watertight bond between band members Noah Deutschmann (vox/guitar), Isak Gunnarsson (guitar), Anton Hillvall (drums), and Robin Hanberger Peréz (bass). A bond formed on stages, in studios, and reinforced within the woods of Sweden, backstages of European rock clubs, LA hotel pools, and NYC donut shops.
The band’s debut Trying Your Luck EP came out digitally and on limited edition vinyl 7” in August 2019, while being supported by dates across Europe with rock legends Mando Diao and shows at packed houses in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York City on their first-ever US jaunt. Their Chasing Pictures EP landed in March 2020 and spurred a return trip to the US, alongside another EU stint, while they began to catch the attention of tastemakers including Earmilk, Alternative Press, American Songwriter, Shazam, P3 (SWE), The World Famous KROQ (US), Radio X (UK) and Spotify’s Indie Highlights.
October 2020 sees the release of Waiting For A Sign, the ‘sister’ EP to Chasing Pictures. Both records will be combined for a special vinyl release. Despite being recorded in the same sessions as their Chasing Pictures EP, there's something about Waiting For A Sign that feels less like a continuation of that last release, and more like a marker of what's to come next.
The songs on Waiting For A Sign are the boldest statements that the band have yet made. From the starkly-exposed acoustic opener "Julie", through the band-favorite "Loosie", the breakneck pace of "Cool Song", to the bright “Sleepwalk”. All pointing in a direction that suggests that Tribe Friday are not so much waiting for a sign as confidently reaching for the next opportunity.
Robin Hanberger Pérez