On a toasty August evening, the cozy confines of the FortyFive Vinyl Café in the heart of York City Center witnessed an unforgettable acoustic experience. The spotlight was cast upon Tribes, the four-piece indie rock band hailing from the streets of Camden, London, as they graced the intimate stage for an acoustic performance.

Tribes’ return after a decade-long hiatus was met with eager enthusiasm, and their presence lifted the spirits of all in attendance. The occasion was marked not only by the unveiling of their new album, Rabbit Head, but also by the revival of a couple of timeless hits that had graced the airwaves more than a decade ago.

As the soft luminescence of the café’s ambient lights illuminated the venue, Johnny Lloyd and Dan White took their positions, sitting resolutely amidst the lively early evening bustle behind them. They kicked off with ‘Earthling’, the fifth track from the band’s latest opus. In a performance that showcased the raw beauty of their stripped-down arrangements, the pair whisked the audience away to a realm where lyrics and music entwined into a spellbinding narrative.

The connection between the band and the crowd was palpable, highlighted by moments of candid banter. A quick chat between songs served as a reminder that this was an experience shared, a communal celebration of music’s power to unify. ‘Dad, I’m Not A Tough Guy’ followed, delivered with a poignant emotional intensity that tugged at the heartstrings. The tenderness in Johnny Lloyd’s voice enveloped the room, creating a close atmosphere that transcended the physical space.

Yet, the band wasn’t confined to a single sonic palette. Demonstrating their versatility, they veered into unexpected territory with a country-infused rendition of ‘Medicine’. Here, Dan White’s harmonica-playing added a rustic charm to the performance, a harmonious thread fused seamlessly into the fabric of the evening.

Among the standout moments of the evening was their acoustic rendition of ‘We Were Children’, a track that seemed to evoke a shared nostalgia among both the band and their fervent admirers. The evocative lyrics and the warmth of the acoustic setting combined to create a heartfelt, emotive soundscape.

As the night drew to a close, Tribes bestowed their fans with a parting gift in the form of ‘Hard Pill’, a track that had garnered a substantial following on Spotify from their latest album. The cafe reverberated with the song’s catchy melodies, leaving an indelible imprint in the collective memory of all present.

You can listen to the album in full below. Also, be sure to grab a copy of their new record on Vinyl here.

George Millington