Press & Reviews
“ Impressive? You bet. North American Radio and fans should welcome this band with open arms! ”
“A four-piece indie band, named Tribe Royal, had just started their set and the music grabbed me instantly.”
— Terry Steeves / Apt613
“Incorporating elements of ’60s rock, and ’70s folk into their sound, the new single is perfect for the upcoming summer months and the open road. ”
— Dusty Organ
“What more could you ask for; than a bunch of young musicians staying true to themselves, their listeners and the arts with uncommon honesty?”
— Vasili Brousalis
Canadian Musician Magazine: Feature Tribe Royal
“Boasting a unique sound that incorporates elements of folk, alternative and retro rock, Ottawa’s Tribe Royal came together at the outset of 2014 and dropped their debut effort, Samadhi soon after. In the time since the group’s formation they have performed upwards of 150 shows in more than 20 cities across the country. Tribe Royal’s sophomore effort, Colours of the Sun, was released in 2016 and sees the group capably spreading its musical wings, drawing influences from bands like Dawes and Jayhawks as they seek to push the boundaries of where their distinct blend of music can take them” Canadian Musician, 01/2017
Tribe Royal - Colours of the Sun- “Radiant Guitar Pop Substance” “Somewhere between the rock and pop of Big Star, early Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and REM lies Canada’s Tribe Royal. The band’s new album Colours of the Sun interweaves magical guitar pop with ambitious songs. Catching Up opens up the cd with an almost Sloan/REM vibe, Wasting Time jangles in a mid 60’s Byrds/Skydiggers mode and the guitar hook and harmonies of My Kind of Girl takes it’s cue from a Brit Pop 1965 vibe. If that was not enough College Radio should be all over songs such as I’m Not Gonna Wait, the almost Greg Keelor/Outskirts haunting moan of Loraine and the gorgeous ballad Don’t You Change which ends with a killer guitar solo. Impressive? You bet. North American Radio and fans should welcome this band with open arms! “ John Emms Reviews 12/2016
Their sound covered a diverse spectrum of rootsy alt-rock flavours that delved into off-shoots of country, blues, folk, and classic rock. Laid back, easy listening, and dance inducing, every song delivered a feel-good vibe, and completely memorable melodies with catchy hooks. “Blood Red Rose,” a song about travelling and being out on the road, had some of that country/folk Blue Rodeo goodness, as did one of their newer pieces, “Sunset Band,” which had some nice changes into the bridge, and great 3-piece vocal harmonies during the chorus. Their current single, “Wasting Time,” triggered some hand-clapping from the audience, with its uplifting rhythm and melody. The band also showed some great stage interaction, which turned the warm fun factor up a notch. “My Kind Of Girl,” “Catching Up” and “What You Do To Me” were laced in an infectious 60s psychedelic pop-rock flavour, reminiscent of bands like The Zombies. I enjoyed the Alice In Chains rawness of “Serpent Queen,” and the very Chris Isaak feel of their three-quarter timed set closer, “Don’t You Change,” which had a gorgeous flowing vocal melody.
Look for Tribe Royal’s new album, Colours Of The Sun, coming out October 17, 2016. Visit their website at www.triberoyal.ca.
-Terry Steeves / Apt613
Set to release their second album Colours of the Sun this May, but before then, Tribe Royal have shared their lead single “Wasting Time”. Incorporating elements of ’60s rock, and ’70s folk into their sound, the new single is perfect for the upcoming summer months and the open road. Built around the laid-back, harmony-fuelled chorus of “Wasting time / day after day”, “Wasting Time” is driven forward with energetic percussion and a crafty guitar solo, as Tribe Royal create bright, summery tunes without needing to try too hard."
-Dusty Organ / Kane
- Vasili Brousalis