Two Tribes reveal new single ‘Videodrone’
London quartet Two Tribes are at the start of something special. They’ve been turning heads with their vital noise in the capital for a while now, a massive live show developing as a word of mouth sensation. It’s pinned on a momentous, euphoric sound that falls somewhere between the Balearic psychedelia of Primal Scream or Jagwar Ma and the darker, industrial krautrock tones W.H. Lung or Snapped Ankles .
Mesmeric new single ‘Videodrone’ follows the precedent set by intent-filled debut cut ‘Zone’. It’s a 7-minute dance-punk tinged rally against information overload, spiky synths bubbling up to a symphonic hook, suspense-building breakdown and cathartic reprise. Thematically they explain:
“’Videodrone’ deals with how the idea of a digital identity, over-stimulation from technology and the internet can perpetuate disillusion and desensitisation in the real world. For some of us, the amount of information available can be a difficult thing to process sometimes, we wanted to explore in this song that increasingly blurred line between mind and mechanism. The title takes inspiration from David Cronenberg’s 1983 film ‘Videodrome’, which carries similar themes about the cult of technology.”
Every show so far has been a sell-out, and the next headliner is an immersive takeover of their home base The Shacklewell Arms on 9th November, a full venue transformation geared towards their mind-melting psych-rave sounds.
There’s an exciting visual aesthetic to match the abrasive noise. Photos come courtesy of Alexandra Waespi, responsible for shooting much of the XL Recordings stable including Adele and The xx, and vintage, futuristic artwork accompanies the single, echoing the eerie ‘80s SciFi-horror influence on sound and message.
The four-piece is made up of Patrick Smith (Vox, guitars), Annalisa Iembo (Vox, synths and samples), Kim Engelhardt (bass) and Alastair Batchelor (drums, programming).
‘Videodrone’, the new single from Two Tribes is out on October 16th, and was produced by Oli Bayston (Teleman, Honeyblood, Spiritualized, Boxed In)
9th November – Shacklewell Arms, London
12th November – Latest Music Bar, Brighton
29th November – The Lexington, London w/ Sink Ya Teeth