What do you get when you combine "post-new wave-prog-electronic-indiecore-synthpop" beats made by Rocky O’Reilly of Belfast, Ireland with a soulful rapper from Atlanta, GA named Tribe One? You get Malibu Shark Attack, which can be described as indie hip hop. Their self-entitled album will be released on May 23, 2014. Here's a sneak peak for what you should expect.
Malibu Shark Attack collaborated with other artists on several tracks on their new record, which attributes to the versatility of sound of the “Malibu Shark Attack” album. There is a music video available for “Better Off As Friends,” but the true headliner is “Doing It Wrong.” It's about how as a child, Tribe One wanted to be Batman when all his classmates wanted to be doctors, astronauts, etc. Now, he sees that his true calling is with music. He realizes that you have to chase your dreams and do what you want. You have to take some risks to achieve your goals. His fast rhymes and spoken word phrases set against serene music make this song distinctive and positive without that “after school special” feel. This track was previously released as a single and is available for preview on Soundcloud.
Other favorites tracks include “Back To The Start” and “Internal Organs.” Tribe One reminiscences about school days in “Back To The Start.” He talks about his rap beginnings, drugs, friends that have passed away, his loss of religious faith, etc. He delivers “all of the feels” and wishes he had a time machine. It's very genuine material. As for “Internal Organs” it describes the science behind love and loss in a thought-provoking way. This track was also previously released as a single, so there's a video promo available here.