Idea cooked up in kitchen leads to metal band

Vancouver based metal band performs at the Cambie on May 3.

Tribune perform at the Cambie on Saturday (May 3).

Tribune perform at the Cambie on Saturday (May 3).

It was an idea that was cooked up in the kitchen. Terry Anderson along with Bryan Baker and their friend were sitting around the kitchen table discussing music and various metal bands. That’s when Baker proclaimed how wonderful it would be to “quit their jobs and start a metal band.”

It wasn’t long after that Anderson and Baker formed Tribune, a progressive-metal band based out of Vancouver.

“Ironically, we are working real jobs to pay for our metal band,” Anderson said laughing.

On Saturday (May 3), Tribune will be performing in Nanaimo at the Cambie.

“It’s been quite awhile since we played in Nanaimo,” Andersson said. “From our experiences playing the Cambie in the past it’s always been lots of fun. Most oft he guys in the band are Island boys, so it’s always fun to come home and play.”

Tribune was formed back in 2004 and is currently features Anderson, Baker, along with Shawn Culley and Jason Brown.

Over the last decade, Tribune has released four albums over the past decade, Home Sweet Hell, Rotting Core, Elder Lore/The Dark Arts and Tales, with the latter being released last October.

Anderson said that over the years the band has explored various directions within the metal genre, such as playing faster and focusing on guitar harmonies.

“Sound-wise I would say we’ve really developed the guitar harmonies. There are a lot more dynamic parts than in previous albums,” Anderson said. “Musically, we are experimenting and going in all different directions. We want to push the envelope. I know some bands want to go extreme and play as fast as possible, but we we’re always trying to touch on as many elements as much as possible without making it too weird. It’s a hard balance.”

While the metal genre is often ignored by the majority of mainstream radio stations, Anderson said that since the social media revolution has given the genre an opportunity to reach new audiences and thrive.

“Heavy metal is a hard nut to crack,” he said. “It’s hard to get people into it. I think it’s because when people are teenagers, or when they’re learning what they like to listen too, they’ll get into metal, but if we didn’t have the Internet to make it so easily available for them, by the time they’re old enough to get into bars they’ll have been listening to whatever is on the radio or TV. So it [the Internet] is definitely making the metal scene more accessible to people.”

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