By McCray Sutherlin
“Two of the guys in the band went to LSU and [Chelsea’s] was one of the first spots outside of New Orleans that we played. So it’ll always have a special place in our hearts. Always a good time.”
New Orleans based Flow Tribe has supplied quality backbone breaking funk for nearly a decade.
“We started in 2004,” front-man K.C. O’Rorke told
DIG in an exclusive interview. “We were just playing after school and getting together during the summer. By the end of that summer we felt like we had something. After that we kind of parted ways…and then in 2005 we all came back after Katrina and decided to pick it back up. We all came from New Orleans and have been playing ever since.”
Naturally, being from New Orleans has helped to shape the band’s diversely influenced sound.
“Just growing up in NOLA you’re surrounded by so many different styles,” O’Rorke said.
“At the same time, growing up in America we listened to bands like Sublime and Nirvana. We had these two worlds always mixing together and we’ve tried to put all of these influences together into something that’s a good time. It’s always rooted in that groove, that straight to the gut music that NOLA provides.”
Recently, Flow Tribe released a new EP, titled
Alligator White. The five-track release showcases the band’s instrumental versatility and willingness to expand their sound, while drawing a strong resemblance to New Orleans legend Dr. John, most notably with the bass line on “Gimme a Line”.
When asked about this resemblance, O’Rorke replied,
“Ah, man…such a great complement. That’s definitely the feel we were going for. ‘Gimme a Line’ is about going out in New Orleans and not knowing where the night will take you. Just going out to have a good time. That moment after you say goodbye to your girl after a fight and head out on the town to see what goes down. Someone throw me a line, get me out of this situation and let’s see where the night takes us.”
Throughout the past few years, Flow Tribe has travelled all over the country, performing at a variety of different venues.
“We get into different situations all the time,”
O’Rorke said. “It’s always great in New York, DC or Baton Rouge. We come across such different groups of people. The common denominator is always music. You can bridge the gap with people through a common language. It just kind of boils down to the vibe that gets you moving, gets you sweaty, with good lyrics that have thought behind them. We try and focus on making music that connects with people, and when that happens it’s awesome.”
Being from New Orleans, Flow Tribe is no stranger to performing in The Red Stick.
“We did a show last year in January at Chelsea’s,”
O’Rorke explained. “There was an ice storm the night before. I guess people were sick of being kept inside because we had like 600 people in Chelsea’s. There was a crazy energy and people went nuts, I’ll always remember that. Two of the guys in the band went to LSU and it was one of the first spots outside of New Orleans that we played. So it’ll always have a special place in our hearts. Always a good time.”
Friday, October 24