Lean Out Your Window
Frank Tribes is a singer/songwriter/guitarist based in his hometown Chicago. For several years prior to going solo in 2001, he was a member of the well established local band Garden Bower with fellow guitarist Rob Bochnik, now with the Frames and Swell Season. He has released the following albums: "Frank Tribes" in 2002, "By All Means" in 2004, "Gallery" in 2007 and as of August 2010, "Lean Out Your Window." This new album marks the second recording done with Ellis Clark (Kevin Tihista, Le Concorde) done at his studio Angel City. Frank and his band come in with complete and arranged songs. Ellis directs their recording, refines the sound and even adds vocals and instruments when needed. Sharing similar influences and production ideas, the two work well together as proven with this release and the "Gallery" album. Elements of classic pop rock, the Byrds, The Beatles, Syd Barrett, Josh Rouse, Neil Young and Echo & the Bunnymen 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 should want to have this album among their collection. PRESS: Lean Out Your Window reviews: Anyone who can open a record with such a great beach Boys-sounding song (and have it not suck,) id ok by me., "Find Yourself Alone" is the tune and this Chicago dude has apparently been at it for a while. A few of the tunes kick harder but the guy has a knack for a good hook. Good enough for me. Tim Hinely Daggerzine.com "Tribes' songs have a distinctive character -- good hooks and harmony, catchy melodies, solid musicianship and storytelling with breezy but poetic lyrics." Lilly Kuzma Pioneer Press "Over the last decade, Chicago-based singer/songwriter Frank Tribes has earned numerous comparisons to classic pop rock artists like Neil Young, The Byrds, and even The Beach Boys. While these influences clearly permeate his fourth studio release, Lean Out Your Window, they mesh into a distinct voice that is uniquely Frank Tribes....The sunny, poppy "Find Yourself Alone" is an uplifting track with lyrics reminiscent of a self-help book, harmonizing vocals, and occasional glistening, reverberating guitar chords. Tightly structured "Sunshine Lane" grows on you, and the subdued and faintly sorrowful "Airplane, Anything!" is well-crafted...Tribes throws a hell of a change-up with "Bitter Morning," which is the most interesting composition on the album... I dare you: just try and listen to the track once through and resist the temptation not to repeat it once or twice... "Hanging Around" is another highlight, channeling My Morning Jacket, with it's sonorous vocals and lean but graceful instrumentation... Throughout the album, the mood seems to feel fluid, which to me is a great sign. "Only My Voice" is downcast, with Tribes's lonely voice accompanied by ghostly harmonizing vocals...Other tracks, by contrast, are decidedly more upbeat and charming like "Marilee" and "Now You're Listening", which features ostentatious Who-like drums and ascending guitar arpeggios to bring the album to a close. Frank Tribes succeeds with Lean Out Your Window in crafting a solid, aurally pleasing album, carving his own style out of a conglomeration of influences from singers/songwriters' and classic rockers' past. It's a song or two away from greatness, but I'm sold that Tribes is a secret that the Windy City needs to share. Josh Allen DailyVault.com "This guy sounds like he has a beard...but he doesn't! That's only one of the many delightful surprises you'll discover on this local songsmith's latest gem! Pop songs that sound serious mixed with singer-songwriter stuff that sounds too meaty for the coffeehouse combine in ways that are both extremely frank and totally tribal." Roctober Magazine "Tribes style hearkens back to a time when melody was king...Tribes guitar playing produces consistently memorable melodic hooks...Gallery is an album that rocks you...Gallery is an audio collection Frank Tribes can be proud of. You'll likely find yourself humming along to these songs, as though you've known them your whole life." Dan MacIntosh AudioXposure "His strength lies in the strong, musical melodies and in the classic sounding pop...Frank Tribes arranged exciting and modern songs...Gallery contains some very fine compositions."Valsam Rootstime.be (Holland) "What resonates most about Frank Tribes' third release Gallery is how, even through it's obvious influences, it's still very original...The Beatle-esque "On My Way" leaves no doubt that this is more than a throwaway single...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 '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.