Band of the Day: Altribe

Just squeezing today’s BotD in before the midnight hour due to some IT issues (not mine – offspring’s laptop not behaving), but believe me when I say that Altribe are worth the wait… Albert answers our questions.

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We are from Athens, Greece

How did you meet?

I started the project, then Fiona joined me (I knew her since her childhood) and the other two guys came via common friends.

How long have you been playing as a band?

The brand has existed since 2010, the specific band since 2014.

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Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Altribe means the tribe of Al(bert).

What are your influences?

They are many: Pop music, jazz music, classical music… Also books we’ve read, drawings we ‘ve seen, etc.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Our music has a lot of elements: Blues, rock, funk, psychedelic. Trying to be real and original, this makes a person and his work unique.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Not necessarily. Personal, love themes, social ones…

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

I would describe it as a mansion. We have played many shows in small clubs, theatres, festivals.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

Pete Townshend (The Who) smashing his guitar.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

I play Gabriel drums (Greek manufacturer) / Fender Stratocaster – Ibanez guitars / Fender jazz bass.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

Altribe’s latest CD, The Promised Land, Albert Panagiotopoulos’ The Complete Drum Method (bookbaby), and Fiona Lambride’s vocal workshop Find My Voice.

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What are your plans for 2020?

We wait to see what’s gonna happen with the live shows, I am preparing a new CD and write poems.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

I have never, really, thought of something like this. The only thing I can say is, when we play with other bands, we can play our socks off, especially if they are good enough. But this happens anyway! Thank you!

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