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Vibe-A-Tribe – Tribal Instinct [1994]


Style WestCoast AOR

Rating 78/100

Band Members Rob Higgins – Lead Vocals,Keyboards, Chris Blais – Synthesizers,Vocals, Julian Grech – Bass,Vocals, Glenn Gak Kameka – Drums,Percussion, Charlie Lambrick – Guitar,Vocals

Tracks 01. Who knows, 02. Stranded, 03. De Ja Vu, 04. Never Ever, 05. Lancaster, 06. Different Stages, 07. Real Thing, 08. Moons Eyes, 09. Old Man, 10. Posing Perfect, 11. Tribal Instinct

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Profile Weird name and off-beat cover art, but inside a healthy dose of high quality Westcoast AOR awaits. I’m talking about “Tribal Instinct” by Canadian band, Vibe-A-Tribe. This band has two keyboardists so expect plenty of synth here. Fans of David Gibson, Glass Tiger and BLVD will enjoy tracks like “Stranded” is pure 80s Rick Springfield with a bit of Duran Duran flavor in the sound as well. The cool fretless bass and atmospheric synth of “De Ja Vu” makes for more refreshing Westcoast listening, and the vocals on this track also remind of Rick Springfield circa Tao.

“Lancaster” is a beautiful combination of Glass Tiger and Duran Duran.. and the absolute Westcoast perfection of “Never Ever” are some of the best moments of the record. The vocals are remarkably clean with keyboards helping out to further this smooth Westcoast cause. Co-produced by Rob Laidlaw (Platinum Blonde, Honeymoon Suite).  In 2010 Rob Higgins and Chris Blais – formerly part of Vibe-a-Tribe and No Ordinary Machine – teamed up with Dave Sinewitz and bothers Scott and Chris Holmes of Heat Mizer to form the band Drop Dead Famous, active till today.


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