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538 Abort by Tribe


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Chris Sheldon / Gil Norton

The 1991 major-label debut Abort by Tribe puts its five members to good use exploring every aspect of late 80s alternative and indie rock

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Eclectic bands can be a tricky proposition. Too much genre-switching and musical diversity can strip a band of an identity, with the disparate parts not adding up too much. But done right, and finding a unified sound in the song-to-song evolution, can make for an exciting listen. Luckily, with Boston's Tribe and their 1991 album Abort, it's the latter. While chronologically they're at the start of the emerging 90s rock scene, their sound harkens back to the 80s in a variety of ways, weaving in new wave, jangle pop, and underground college rock with layered harmonies, nods to shoegaze and dream pop, while keeping the arrangments tight.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Joyride (I Saw The Film)
  • 19:19 - Abort
  • 21:03 - Here At Home
  • 29:42 - Jackpot
  • 32:25 - Daddy's Home
  • Outro - Tied

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