tribal dance Unveil Latest Offering

From forming initially to perform at house parties, to being hailed as “Dublin math-rock revival” and named as one of the Top 50 Acts of 2018 by Nialler9, experimental three-piece tribal dance are turning heads due to their abrasive and unconventional sound.

Following on from the success of their sophomore release on Bad Soup Records and gaining praise from the likes of Nialler9, MCD and Dan Hegarty(RTE 2FM), tribal dance return to their house party origins on new single ‘You Can’t Swim’.

tribal dance have built up a reputation for their manic and unpredictable live shows combining techno inspired noise/krautrock with upbeat chaotic dance rhythms.

Having played a number of Irish showcases and festivals including Whelan’s Ones to Watch 2019, KnockanStockan 2018 and a Nialler9 showcase, tribal dance are set to headline The Grand Social, Dublin on May 4th in association with MCD Productions followed by a string of May dates and a performance at Knockanstockan Festival 2019.

Both the lyrics and video explore the contrast between unrealistic expectations and reality.

“We wanted to try and emulate the perfect one shot video that still had elements of human error to make it less perfect and more real…” says lyricist Adam Smyth, “what you get is this imperfect linear one shot take which highlights that the human aspect to making art sometimes aims to be ‘too perfect’ and can sometimes be unnatural or artificial”.

He continues by adding “…we always think our recordings are the somewhat ‘ideal’ version our music, but when you see us live it’s a lot more raw”.

The video was directed by Cillian Byrne, shot by Conor Dockery, edited by Leo Clarke and produced by Sarah Collins.


Headline Show (w/ MCD)The Grand Social – May 4th
KnockanStockan Festival – 19th – 21st July

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