With the release of their debut single “Zone,” the London-based act Two Tribes — Patrick Smith (Vox, guitars), Annalisa Iembo (Vox, synths and samples), Kim Engelhardt (bass) and Alastair Batchelor (drums, programming) — began to receive attention for an enormous and euphoric sound that has been compared to Primal Scream, Jagwar Ma, W.H. Lung and Snapped Ankles among others.
Clocking in at a smidge over seven minutes, the rapidly rising British act’s second and latest single, the Oli Bayston-produced, “Videodrone” is a mesmerizing club banger, centered around arpeggiated synths, tweeter and woofer rocking beats and an anthemic hook. And while recalling Evil Heat-era Primal Scream, Kasabian‘s self-titled album and Computer World and Tour de France-era Kraftwerk, the track as the band explains “deals with how the idea a digital identity, over-stimulation from technology and the internet can perpetuate disillusion and desensitisation in the real world. For some of us, the amount of information available can be a difficult thing to process sometimes, we wanted to explore in this song that increasingly blurred line between mind and mechanism. The title takes inspiration from David Cronenberg’s 1983 film Videodrome, which carries similar themes about the cult of technology.”