By All Means
Frank Tribes is a songwriter/performer based in Chicago. For several years prior to going solo in 2001, he was a member of the well established and eclectic Garden Bower, a band that regularly performed in Chicago and steadily released their music. In 2002 he released his debut self-titled album, followed by his well- received 2nd album, "By All Means," released in 2004. (both available at CDbaby.com) "Gallery" is his newest recording. The creation of this album began when Frank started demoing new songs he'd been working on. Knowing another album was in the works, some friends and other musicians suggested that he work with Ellis Clark (Epicycle, Kevin Tihista, Le Concorde.) Sharing very similar influences, along with a love for songwriting, the two hit it off immediately and began working steadily on an album. Along with engineering, Ellis would add backup vocals, piano, keyboards and his production skills. Frank in turn pushed both his vocals and guitar playing to new heights. Each song, arrangement and production in general benefited. The first five completed songs became a promo release called, "Blade E.P." Steady work over the next year brought forth the completion of the full-length album, "Gallery." The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Syd Barrett, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Kinks and early BeeGees. Elements of such artists 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 will want to have this album among their collection. PIONEER PRESS Sound Check by A. Augustyn Let's talk about the melody, the clarity of tone and the blissful nature of Chicago musician Frank Tribes' album "By All Means"...Tribes has a great sense of rhythm and emotional timing...By All Means is liberated from the sometimes trite confines of typical pop music form, seamlessly melding disparate instruments and conveying thoughtful lyrics...It isn't a straight up rock or pop or country album, but there's some of each in there...Tribes isn't redefining independent music, but he is a strong reminder of why it exists in the first place. DIVINENATION.COM Review for 'By All Means' by S. Silver A poppy, hook-heavy release that furthers the work of his self-titled solo debut...employing Doug Martsch and Neil Young-like riffs on songs like "Motorcycle Day" and the raucous "You Won't Let Me," which sounds like a Young/Lemonheads car crash with the Beach Boys doubling as witness and harmony on the street corner, and the Replacements stealing liquor from the trunk...It's not all bash and pop, though. Tribes displays the delicate side of his songwriting on tracks like the Toad the Wet Sprocket-esque "Someday" and "You Say"...Not afraid to get his pop-on or wear his influences proudly on his sleeve, Tribes delivers a diverse blend of skilled songwriting and heartfelt lyrics of life, love and the joy of contentment. About as real as it gets. ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER Review of 'By All Means' by C. Moss Frank Tribes has done a lot of musical maturing. Now he arrives at his sophomore effort, By All Means, to showcase that maturity...He does manage to write some intelligent songs and build them on top of a solid guitar foundation. SHREDDING PAPER #15 Review for Frank Tribes by R.B.F. Using both electrics and acoustics, Frank's songs belay both angst and reassurance, all with a cynical edge. While his voice is imperfect in just the right way, his vocals lay on top of the music like a married couple. HEREANDTHERE.NET Solid record by one of Chicago's mainstays...A lot of heart has gone into his craft and this album showcases it most excellently...Well recommended!