As blossom flowers begin to brandish the trees once more, and the hours of daylight are gradually accumulating, it would seem that the UK’s festival season is fast approaching. We’ve already had one installment of Coachella over in California, so it’s only a matter of weeks before Britain’s small town farms are filled with mud and sunken tent pegs. Last night’s showcase from Bristol’s The Other Tribe couldn’t have come at a better time.
Taking the buoyant crowd on a magical mystery tour through the history of contemporary dance music. Embracing elements of 1970s soul and disco, straight through to the vintage synth-pop euphoria of the ‘80s – reminiscent of greats such as The Pet Shop Boys – as well as the many variants of ’90s house music. All poured into a vast melting pot and seasoned with a distinct notion of indie-pop sensibility, generating bass warbling grooves and stadium sized choruses.
Although the East London venue’s capacity wasn’t loaded to the rafters, the energetic sea of neon painted faces and Aztec print – mimicking the band – certainly made up for it. Yet it seems that The Other Tribe’s resonance would fit more comfortably within the confines of a warehouse party. Opening with the gloriously infectious ‘We Should Be Dancing’, purveying a tribal drum beat that carries the track, making the will to dance along an irresistible feat. Additionally singles such as the dance-floor friendly ‘Sing With Your Feet’, and last year’s feel good hit of the summer ‘Skirts’ were both highlights of the night.
Featuring a support slot from Newcastle’s Mausi, yet another upcoming band that animate with their exhilarating brand of R&B infused dance music, warming the stage for the night’s main event. Mausi include upbeat new single ‘Move’ into their set, as well as a striking cover of Destiny’s Child’s 2000 hit, ‘Say My Name’.
It’s clear that The Other Tribe with their hybrid musical direction and electrifying stage presence fuse to craft a host of encapsulating live performances, are generating a great deal of hype and intrigue for an album to finally surface. But having wowed with their hook-laden barrel of hit-worthy material, could The Other Tribe go on to become festival headliners? We can’t see why not.
Words by Jonathan Hatchman