18
Aug

Tribune’s 10th Anniversary!

We were all sealed into that hall. It was getting pretty slick in there.

Greetings friends,

It is with immense pride and gratitude to everyone involved that Tribune celebrates the 10th anniversary of our first show. On August 15th, 2004, Tribune (then known as Blacklist) played in the lower Native Sons Hall in Courtenay, BC.

Our lineup was a bit different then. Bryan, Jason, and Terry were in the band, as was our first bass player, Jess Garner. Ironically, Ryan O’Shea was in the crowd for that first show. Nobody knew that he would eventually play bass with us for 8 awesome years. It would be another 2 years before we would acquire our dueling guitar sound with the addition of Shawn Culley.

Shows back then were a motley affair of any young band that could play. Consequently, the scene developed many punks who liked metal and many a metal head who was also in a punk band. These were formative times for a lot of great artists. Most notably would be our guitar-shredding peers Grant and Andrew who would eventually join Unleash The Archers.

The show on August 15th, 2004 still goes down as one of the HOTTEST, SWEATIEST, and most humid shoes in our history.

But the energy of that gig lives on. Tribune moves ahead. Shows are planned for September, October and November of 2014. With our friend TJ Humenick still covering bass duties for over a year now, we move on towards our next phase of writing.

Enjoy some photos of our first show ever. (Special thanks to Bitty and Derek for taking these photos)

 

16
May

Canada Slays Tour Blog #5 – Tour Re-Cap

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Hi Everyone,

Terry here… I’m finally recovered from what has been Tribune’s funnest and most successful tour to date. It’s been about 12 days since Tribune got back from tour and we’re still adjusting back to our normal lives. So much has happened between our last blog in Saskatchewan and the end of our tour that summing up everything that happened in one blog entry just won’t do.

If you’re wondering why I haven’t put a blog up until now, we’ve been too busy to post the way we’d like to. I thought that maybe I could tap away on my laptop while we travelled. Alas, the highways of Canada have taken a turn for the worse in the wake of a really bad winter. Consequently, they were too bumpy for my meathooks and I to effectively depict our adventures.

ALSO… I absolutely destroyed my neck while playing our show in Victoria. After nearly a month of riding in the van, drinking every day, and not getting enough exercise, I don’t think I was quite prepared for the Victoria scene. I banged my head so hard that night that when I went to stretch it the following morning, I overdid it and… well… seriously screwed up the muscles in the right side of my neck and back. But hey, that’s just metal. We had one more show to do in Nanaimo and I just medicated as I see fit. ‘Gotta love drink tickets. Even two weeks later, I’m still recovering.

The good news is that we have lots of pictures, videos, and people to thank from our journeys on the road. There’s a lot of mixed media to go over, edit, and upload. In time, we’ll share our various shenanigans from:

  • Hamiota
  • Toronto
  • London
  • Montreal
  • Guelph
  • Brandon
  • Lethbridge
  • Edmonton
  • Cranbrook
  • Victoria
  • Nanaimo

One thing that you can do to help is by sending us your own photos from the shows we played during our tour. We’ll credit you with them, add them to our gallery, and help you link to them on our website if you like. ALSO, please feel free to send us photos of yourselves with any of the Tribune swag you aquired. We’ll feature you in an upcoming fan Gallery on our website. Go ahead and send to this address: [email protected]

So what’s next for Tribune? There’s lots of plans in the works. For starters, we’ll be replenishing our merch stock, because the whole country seriously depleted it. Get in touch and reserve a shirt with us if you want. The band is very stoked on writing new material, but that may not come out for a year or two. I can’t personally say when you’ll first get to hear any of it but what I can say is that we’ll be writing another concept album. This time, it’s looking like we’ll actually be writing the music itself around the concepts that we discuss beforehand. That’s how it’s looking at this point in time. Ideas change and you can’t let rules get in the way of creativity, but this is how things look right now.

We cannot thank you all enough for the love and support! There are so many people to be thanked that we’ll save the individual thank-you’s for later posts as we post more about the tour. This has been Tribune’s most successful tour to date and we owe it all to you!

CANADA SLAYS!

-Terry Anderson Guelph crowd

17
Apr

Canada Slays Tour Blog #4 – Rock Bottom @Saskatoon, SK

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After our stay in Edmonton, the band headed to Saskatoon to play Rock Bottom with Bleed, Destrier, and Black Tremor. We’ll let the pictures do the talking.

TRIBUNE

BLEED

DESTRIER

14
Apr

Canada Slays Tour Blog #3 – Grande Prairie

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Greetings and Salutations,

It’s been a few days since we last checked in but here’s the third blog instalment detailing Tribune’s adventures on the road. We’ve already played our gigs in Saskatoon and Winnipeg, but we’ll detail those events in blog post #4.

ALSO… We have some updates for shows in South Ontario. Check the Events page from April 17-22 for details.

GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB

After a saying fairwell to the our friends in Red Deer, Tribune headed further north to our gig at Better Than Fred’s in Grande Prairie. Partway along our journey, we stopped off at the Long and McQuade in Edmonton to drop off TJ’s malfunctioning amp so it could be serviced. Heading north with our new rental amp, we set course for Grande Prairie.

That highway is really bumpy… REALLY bumpy. More so than the rest of the highways in Alberta. Here’s some advice to any bands who may be heading up that way: Pack your gear wisely. Use loading blankets and flatten out the load. Trust me, this is good advice for any touring band.

Better Than Fred’s treated us VERY well and we thank them for it. The show was fun to play, and though it was a Monday gig, we had a fair amount of people show up to watch and give us their support. Special thanks to Jodi, Jurekk, and their crew for coming out to have a good time. Big thanks to our bud Nate and his crew for coming out. We’d also like to thank all of the fine fellows who were buying the band drinks and upping the merriment of the event after we had played. I’d like to personally thank the venue owner, John, for arranging some fine accommodations for us. It was nice to sleep on a real bed…

Staying in Edmonton, AB

After playing our Grande Prairie show, we had April 8 and 9 off before our show in Saskatoon. Our time was spent staying with friends Adam and Shayla in Edmonton. Thanks for letting us invade your place with constant beer, video games and whatever other shenanigans that transpired.

Also, the boys spent some time conquering the galaxy(playing Eclipse, the board game) with our good friend, Ryan.