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TRIBE OF CRO formed in the mid 1990s consisting of Belgian and British members. They are pioneers of instrumental jamming space rock music with an experimental attitude when working in lots of tricky electronics as well as stoner and krautrock elements here and there. The use of dual guitars all over is caring for a lush sound. As most of the bands they operated with changing line-ups over the course of time where Niall (guitar, keys) and bass player Marcel are the constants.

Every live performance differs which confirms the joy of improvisation and they established their reputation when touring with Hawkwind and being part of many festivals all over in Europe. TRIBE OF CRO has released four official albums so far, 'Potlatch' and 'Sporadic Spiro-Gyra' (1996), 'Hydroculture' (1998) plus 'Virtual Vinyl' after all longer break in 2007. The latter is available for free download from the band's website. Niall also joined Hawkwind and made his debut on their Winter 2008 tour.

current (2009) line-up:
- Marcel / bass
- Niall / guitar, synthesizer, electronics
- Mick / guitar
- Rich / drums
- Dom / keyboards, synthesizer, vocals

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Sporadic Spiro-Gyra
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3.13 | 5 ratings
4.81 | 7 ratings
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 Hydroculture by TRIBE OF CRO album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.13 | 5 ratings

Tribe Of Cro Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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3 stars The band's latest official studio effort as such if you don't count 'Virtual Vinyl' (2007) which was recorded under live circumstances nearly - only available (for free) from their website. Don't miss that when you're a fan of jamming space rock! The band remains faithful to their stylistical orientation over the course of time. Released in 1998 'Hydroculture' is lacking of usual vocals but experimenting with voice samples a lot. The music is focussing on fine sensitive but also heavy (twin) guitars, offered with a high proportion of improvisation.

The starting Be or the later presented Figwort are confirming that where the following Tocrack shows TRIBE OF CRO's experimental synthesizer skills at first. Where Science And Magic Meet is started in a heavier aggressive mood but calming down to a spacey highlight then because of the excellently accentuated interaction of both guitars later on. A song which is faded out into Life dominated by mysterious narration loops and a decent dub rhythm - great!

Surprisingly the title track with a more straightforward rocking behaviour sounds uninspired to me - never mind - some other good songs are following. For example the And The Ants Marched (On), probably derived from a longer jam session because faded in this time. Or the weird Truant based on circulating swirling synthesizer contributions and crazy voice samples.

As for similar bands Oresund Space Collective comes into my mind because most of the songs are consisting of a grooving behaviour. 'Hydroculture' is recommended showing an experimental attitude as well as fine improvised space rock - 3.5 stars.

 Virtual Vinyl by TRIBE OF CRO album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.81 | 7 ratings

Virtual Vinyl
Tribe Of Cro Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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5 stars This is the latest TRIBE OF CRO album so far from 2007 containing three extended jams with a total length of 44 minutes. As for that the title 'Virtual Vinyl' is supposed to be a pun - because this music is only available via download from their website - for free! Recorded under live circumstances at BBC Maida Vale Studio, London this is offered in excellent sound quality and shows them in a really playful outfit.

First song The Trench is a damned grooving thing although starting first with circulating spaced-out guitar and electronic gimmicks in the vein of the 'Berlin School'. A relaxed rhythm section is the backbone later for diversified dual guitars and synthesizer quasi duelling each other. This sounds great - similar to Oresund Space Collective btw. If you're a fan of them you shouldn't ignore this album. Next one Cardinal Puff links to the forunner as for the groove. I could listen to some other versions of this song before and can confirm that they all sound totally different. This proves the improvisational attitude of this band.

Besides the two guitars a sitar is appearing surprisingly and must be generated by samples/electronics because I'm quite sure they didn't use overdubs for the mixing. Making out the longest track here we have a weird interlude included like an electronical playground until they move forward in a more heavy punching way like Hawkwind often does. Twittering synths all over there naturally ... Fading into Blue Lined Tang it all developes to something laid-back in a dub mood - but not for a long time until the band changes the lane once more with an intensive gripping heavier part. The last four minutes of this song are reserved for electronical gimmicks once more - not everyone's taste but confirming the band's experimental approach so much the more.

'Virtual Vinyl' offers lots of playful guitars and synthesizer goodies in the vein of Oresund Space Collective, Hawkwind, Ozric Tentacles. A great experience - don't miss that!

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