In 2001, Jen Schwartz joined Tribe 8 (on drums). For about 4 glorious years thereafter, the band toured the U.S. and Canada and recorded with legendary producer Geza X at his Satellite Park recording studio in Malibu, CA.
In 2002 Jen was able to slip Tribe 8 into the opening slot for two of the seven Siouxsie and the Banshees “Seven Year Itch” U.S. tour dates. (The Fillmore and The Warfield). Jen said, “Please,” Budgie said, “Oi!” The rest is history.
In 2003, “Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary” by Tracy Flannigan was released. The film toured the festival circuit, screening at over 50 festivals including the Silver Lake Film Festival, the South By Southwest Film Festival, and Los Angeles’ Outfest. It went on to win Best Documentary At the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
In 2005, the band received the Heritage Award For Creativity from the San Francisco LGBT Pride Committee.
[Tribe 8] was formed in the early ‘90s and was the first ever dyke identified hard-core punk rock band to become a pioneering force in music history. “A unique clash of guitars, sweat, and strap-on dildos, this band’s angry riffs cannot disguise their defiantly upbeat message of redemption and freedom,” Connell [Pride Committee President] commented.
(From the San Francisco Bay Times – June 30, 2005)
As a performing band, Tribe 8 is currently “in retirement,” but still has a very active and popular catalog. While it has been written that the band “broke up” in 2005, all members are still fond and supportive of each other and have not laid to rest the possibility of Tribe 8 performing again someday, in one incarnation or another.
In 2007, Rampage Productions took on the seemingly unmanageable task of managing Tribe 8’s catalog and business affairs. Please contact Rampage Productions for more information.