(some influences: The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Syd Barrett, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Kinks David Bowie and early BeeGees) Frank Tribes is a songwriter/performer based in Chicago. For several years prior to going solo in 2001, he was a member of the well established and eclectic Garden Bower, a band that regularly performed in Chicago and steadily released their music. In 2002 he released his debut self-titled album, followed by his well- received 2nd album, "By All Means," released in 2004. (both available at CDbaby.com) "Gallery" is his newest recording. The creation of this album began when Frank started demoing new songs he'd been working on. Knowing another album was in the works, some friends and other musicians suggested that he work with Ellis Clark (Epicycle, Kevin Tihista, Le Concorde.) Sharing very similar influences, along with a love for songwriting, the two hit it off immediately and began working steadily on an album. Along with engineering, Ellis would add backup vocals, piano, keyboards and his production skills. Frank in turn pushed both his vocals and guitar playing to new heights. Each song, arrangement and production in general benefited. The first five completed songs became a promo release called, "Blade E.P." Steady work over the next year brought forth the completion of the full-length album, "Gallery." The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Syd Barrett, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Kinks and early BeeGees. Elements of such artists are borrowed, yet the songs make their own statement. Well crafted music, strong melodies and insightful lyrics come together in a unique way. Many lovers of rock music will want to have this album among their collection. "What resonates most about Frank Tribes' third release Gallery is how, even through it's obvious influences, it's still very original... it could be the best American-made Brit Rock album since Strung Out In Heaven. The Beatle-esque "On My Way" leaves no doubt that this is more than a throwaway single, and if corporate rock is looking for the next "Betcha Never Heard This" Anthem, then look no further.The influences are felt all over, from early Pink Floyd psych-guitars and the subtle Kinks references on "Blue Mountain." The creepy goodness of "Vampyres" reads like The Brian Jonestown Massacre channeling Hunter Thompson. "Low To High" was certainly designed for open roads... Ultimately, if Gallery has a fatal flaw, it is only that you can't turn it up to 11... Frank Tribes might not be a secret for much longer and you'd be a lot cooler than your friends if you owned this one. I should know. I have a copy." Derek Blackmon Indie-Music.com August 2007 'Frank Tribes owes much to the Beatles and the Byrds' Roger McGuinn on his third solo album, Gallery, a pleasant collection of songs that induce feelings of summer. From the album's opener, 'On My Way,' to 'One for You,' there's no place better to listen to these tunes than while in the car with the windows rolled down. Tribes' knack for memorable melodies and track record of solid compositions easily earn this release the designation as best of his career.' Janine Schaults Illinois Entertainer April 2007 "On Gallery, we see a competent, melody-minded songwriter with an eye for a good tune if nothing else. The main influence here is clearly classic rock, which Tribes incorporates throughout - 'Vampyres,' 'On My Way,' and 'Low to High' just reek of it. A number of songs, notably 'Watch You Sleep' and 'Surprised,' touch on old-fashioned folk-rock (think Youngbloods meets Neil Young)... Gallery is a solid and cohesive listen from start to finish from Tribes... people in need of a solid, classic-style rock record should enjoy this CD thoroughly." Matt Shimmer Indieville.com May 2007 FOR THE BLADE E.P. (5 tracks of this GALLERY album) Major Chicago FM Radio Station 93.1 WXRT's Local Anesthetic '[The new Blade EP] struck me as easily the best work that Frank has done on his own, through and through. Five songs, and from the opening notes I just thought, man here you go, you're sounding really good on this stuff.' - R. Milne.
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