Mixed Tribe Gets Everything Right On Debut Single "Drive All Night"
Mixed Tribe may not be a name you’re familiar with yet, but you can (and should) expect that to change. Described in their official bio as being “a band of brothers” who “grew up together, went to school together, and share a passion for music”, Mixed Tribe is a tight-knit group whose smooth, refined, and cohesive sound is a testament to the lifelong bonds its members share. And now, after three years of performing together (and after, undoubtedly, much anticipation from those who have followed the band since the beginning) they have finally released their debut single.
“Drive All Night” finds Mixed Tribe in top form. Wistful and dreamy, but never lacking in energy, the song – which describes the overwhelming, urgent need to leave the hectic trivialities of life behind and see the person one loves, no matter how far away they are, and no matter what ungodly hour it may be – is a flurry of upbeat rhythms and mesmerizing melodic hooks. Mark Bass gives a magnificent vocal performance that’s subdued and laid back in all the right ways, and which effortlessly shows off his considerable range. Jordan Wilson contributes tasteful, spacious, and at times jazz-tinged guitar work. Michael Monroy’s propulsive, funk-infused bassline adds momentum and tension, and Antwyne Murphy provides the song with its precise, but lively percussive framework.
Demonstrating great maturity and a certain mastery of the subtle art of songcraft which is exceedingly rare, Mixed Tribe has set the bar high for future releases. “Drive All Night” is a refreshing and exciting listening experience, and I, for one, am eager to hear more.