Interview: Tribe Society
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:01:40
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New York five-piece turns everything from Young Thug and The Smashing Pumpkins into a musical trip worthy of The Wall with mixtape Delirium Sonata...
Tribe Society are New York's foremost musical alchemists. The alternative rock band, recently transplanted from Boston, architects a lush and lively musical vision with their new mixtape Delirium Sonata [Lokal Legend]. They take cuts as disparate as Young Thug's "Stoner" and The Smashing Pumpkins "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" along with some originals and fashion them into one continuous musical journey that's equally soaring and spacey. It's a trip in the truest sense of the word, merging ethereal expanse and a tribal bounce. It begs multiple listens, and it's one of the most intriguing musical projects of the year. We spoke to Brad of Tribe Society about creating Delirium Sonata, the band's influences, musical recipes, what's next, and so much more.
Did you have one cohesive vision in mind for Delirium Sonata?
We initially went into the sessions planning to do a bunch of covers and a few originals. We have been talking for a while about how we want an album that has a continuum and flowed in a certain way—almost like The Dark Side of The Moon. So, we tried to connect the tracks, but then that turned into their own separate instrumental, their own transitional song. It was a lot of fun to make them and come up with different thoughts. It kind of worked out this time around.
How do you find that middle ground between the covers?
The musicians in our band come from a lot of different backgrounds. We just try and find common ground in which we all agree on. We all like rock, hip-hop, experimental music, and all kinds of genres. We came up with a sound that we all agreed on. With the covers, the main intention was to get them as far from the originals as possible. We would do these songs in our own style of music.
So it wasn't so much preserving the originals but taking them as templates and breathing a new voice into them?
Yeah, in the Young Thug cover, every section sort of changes, and we came up with about 15 ways to do that song over about a 6-month period. We kept experimenting and put pieces of the song together. It was a long exploratory process.
You totally blasted "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" into outer space.
We loved the band and, for years, talked about how great the band's original had been. We wanted to keep the heaviness of the original but redo with a modern feel. The electronics were very important as well. We tried the song in several different inceptions during the process.