Tribe of Dan – The Beep Tapes

Tribe of Dan
The Beep Tapes
1989 Mister M Records (MRM 001)
Combs, England, United Kingdom

Dan Donovan – Lead vocals, guitars
Solze – Bass
Mark Stirk – Keyboards, vocals
Ali Byworth – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Learning From You
  2. Cooking Pot

Side 2:

  1. Just a Little Bit More
  2. Away From Here

This is the first Tribe of Dan tape that Dan Donovan recorded after Back to Jordan. I’m not really sure what a Beeb is, though :). The music here is a tiny bit more alternative and melancholy than their later full-length, but you definitely see where they are going. The driving rock part is still in full force. “Cooking Pot” and “Away from Here” would appear again on the next demo (Git Down, Thrash It: Live), but none of these songs made it onto either of their full-length releases. Donovan also went on to record many solo albums, as well as form bands like The Swamp Cranks and King Kool. But this early work is just as engaging as his later work, unlike many artists that started off rough and improved over time. Donovan does improve over time, but his early work is also incredibly strong in its’ own right.

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