Bryan here with a (long-overdue) Tribune update. First, I feel I must apologize for the lengthy gap in blog posts, but will attempt to excuse myself by saying that we in Tribune have been very busy in the past few months as we’ve been working on what we believe we do best; writing music! Not a terrific excuse, I know, especially in light of the fact that we haven’t even got a full album worth of new material yet, and I note with some chagrin that the last blog post was in June. Unfortunately, though, we also have to work day jobs to support this band which is our passion, so aside from sleeping, those day jobs are what consumes the largest portion of our time. Another thing which eats up a lot of my time is my beautiful baby girl, Arya. She was born in August, and let me just say that having her around is fucking awesome! I never would have expected that being a parent would have been this cool, but she honestly lights up my day, every single day. Okay, I’m done talking about my kid now.
This is Bryan, back in Vancouver after having survived Tribune’s North American tour. Despite a number of hiccups and cancellations, it was a total blast, and we already can’t wait to tour the States and Canada again (it sure as hell beats working a day job)! Having said that, we in Tribune need a bit of a rest from the road, some time to visit with our friends and families, and also time to finish writing the next album. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’ll be idle. No, we’ll be playing an after-party show at Iron Roads Studio June 23rd, then playing another Courtenay show at The Mex June 29th, then Brian Else’s birthday bash, again at Iron Roads, on July 14th.
Bryan here reporting in from the road. Tribune is on tour right now, and having a blast. We're in a Super 8 hotel in Arizona currently, resting before we proceed across New Mexico and towards our next gig in San Antonio, Texas. The shows have been pretty fun so far, although the turn-outs could have been larger (but can't they always?). We've met some really cool bands so far full of really nice dudes. In Seattle, I was particularly impressed with Beyond Theory, a great thrash/death metal band. Really cool guys, and I hope we get to play with them next time we're in Washington. In Oregon, we met Stonecreep and Weresquatch, two excellent thrash metal bands from the Portland area (and a special thanks go out to Ty and the Portland chapter of the Pirate Punks for putting us up and being generally good to us). We met some great Cali bands too, like Animism (sort of the Beastie Boys of heavy metal/hardcore, who kept trading up instruments after every second song) from Sacramento, and Fracture (an interesting mixture of '90's era nu-metal with Alice In Chains-style vocal harmonies) from L.A. All of them really good people.
In between shows, we've been trying to take in the sights in the great U.S. of A. Lots of cool shit to see here, and as Jason, Ryan and Terry have never been to the States before this trip, we've really made a concerted attempt to do it up, Tribune-style. We've been camping up and down the West Coast. We went to see the giant redwoods in Northern California, we slept on a white sand beach called Pismo, we hiked the Grand Canyon. We saw the Space Needle and the Hoover Dam. We visited Malibu, Las Vegas, and Compton (yes, THAT Compton). It's been great, and we're only half-way done our tour of the States, never mind the Canadian portion of the tour.
In short, it's been fun, and there's more yet to come. The next two weeks will be Texas to New York, and then after that we re-enter Canada to start working our way back West. Expect another update soon.
Horns and Hails,
Bryan here with a Tribune update. It's been a long time since I've done a proper blog post, and I must apologize for that, but now that we have an actual website up and running, you can expect to hear from the members of Tribune more often. Things in the life of Tribune are very busy at this moment, so we thought it would be a good idea to attempt to bring all of our friends and fans up to speed.