Formed in 2015 by the core members of Boston-based indie synth-pop collective Gentlemen Hall, New York's Tribe Society cite an eclectic mix of influences, from hip-hop and psych rock to icy electronica, industrial pop, and soaring, stadium-ready, '90s-inspired alternative rock.
Comprising vocalist Gavin McDevitt, bassist/guitarist Rory Given, synth/keys player Bradford Alderman, drummer Phil Boucher, and synth/flute player Seth Hachen, the band formed in early 2015, shortly after the dissolution of Gentlemen Hall. Based out of New York City and describing their emotionally charged, shape-shifting pop confections as "falling somewhere between MTV and LSD," Tribe Society wasted little time getting their name out, issuing a well-received cover of Yung Thug's underground hip-hop anthem "Stoner" via Island Records imprint Lokal Legend. Drawing comparisons to artists like Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Awolnation, and even Peter Gabriel, the latter of whom is invoked on the group's dreamy ballad "Pain Told Love," which features a guest vocal from Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based electro-pop singer Kiesza, Tribe Society dropped a mixtape called Delirium Sonata in March before releasing their debut EP, Lucid Dreams, in June 2015. The following year saw the band issue a new nine-track mixtape, We Sell Drugs, which featured the single "Smoke Out the Window." ~ James Christopher Monger