Pretty much a year bang on since they last played at the Oran Mor, Camden outfit Tribes made their return to the West End venue on a wonderfully sunny evening in Glasgow. The weather conditions seemed fitting considering that the band decamped to the sunshine of LA to record their latest album Wish To Scream. Released just this Monday, it was gonna be interesting  to see how well the new songs would transfer into a live setting after only one day in the public domain.

Supporting Tribes were fresh-faced local scamps Blindfolds. Recently announced as one of the bands set to play on the T Break Stage at this summer’s T In The Park, it was clear to see how much the young lads have grown in confidence since their inception in late 2011. Singer John Gerard O’Neill’s gravelly howl accompanied with the dirty blues rhythms works a treat. Having caught Blindfolds on a couple of occasions before, it was interesting to hear some of the newer, more surf-rock material being performed. The band look the part, and it appears they have the songs to match. Their first release, the Voodoo EP was a cracker. On tonight’s evidence, it appears they may also provide us with a pretty special full-length.

Tribes burst into their set with two of the singles from first record Baby. When My Day Comes followed by the Oasis sounding like Nirvana scuzz of Sappho indicated that we could well be in for a treat tonight. After such a great opening, things started to go downhill once singer Johnny Lloyd announced “here’s some new songs for you.” Since attending the gig on Tuesday night, I have discovered that the new record has taken a bit of a slamming in the press. This has obviously riled the band who would go on to say “f**k the NME” (who gave Wish To Screama 4/10 review) before kicking into the new songs.

The review from the NME may appear slightly harsh, but from witnessing the new material being performed live and hearing it on record, it is understandable to see how no-one (it seems) has given it pass marks. Bar 1 or 2 really good songs such as the Primal Scream-esque How The Other Half Live, much of the record drifts into bland drivetime MOR rock n’ roll. What made the first Tribes album so exciting was down to how well they mixed together the sounds of US alt-rock and BritpopThis fun-time nostalgia has been replaced by a pretty shoddy take on Americana which would go on and make up the rest of the performance.

The tedious set seemed to not only take its toll on the static crowd, but perhaps also on the band themselves. Inbetween songs, the band kept on hinting that they would be at the bar for a few drinks after the gig. Going off for what felt like 10 seconds before coming back to play one song as part of their encore (early fan-favourite Coming Of Age) the band appeared desperate to get their set over and done with. Perhaps Tribes have already come to the conclusion that the new album is a bit of a snoozefest?