Review by James Glynn
The Dublin four piece, who’s influences include Depeche Mode, New Order and the National, pull out all the stops in this eclectic 5-tracker that emphatically stamps their arrival on the Irish rock scene. Striking a delicate balance between upbeat indie rock offerings and much darker, slow-burning alternative tunes, the band boldly assert themselves from the off while giving front man Shay O’Rourke the perfect platform to exhibit his distinctive, sometimes haunting, vocal talents.
Tracks like ‘Clowns‘, a melodic, hold-steady indie groove and the band’s forth-coming single ‘Planet Earth‘, which has a heavier, more anthemic feel to it, are both classically ‘indie’ tracks in the mould of the Maccabees or Maximo Park – yet maintain an authentic Irish grunge feel to them. The record then proceeds to take a much darker turn with more sombre-sounding tracks like the understated ‘Martin‘, an overtly personal alternative tune and the chillingly poignant ‘Priest‘, a disturbing song relating to child abuse.
Finally, Tribal Dance’s title track, a rhythmic folk ballad with a reverberating acoustic riff, rounds thing off nicely, demonstrating a definitive range to the band’s musical abilities. Altogether, Tribal Dance is as accomplished a début EP as you could find from an exciting band that relish expressing themselves while maintaining their own original style.
Their adventurous and highly personal approach pays off handsomely and the record really leaves the listener with the impression that there’s plenty more to come. Superb.