Adios Amigo began in a distant land, some 5923 miles south (as the crow flies) of San Francisco, California, in the South American capital city of Santiago, Chile. It was in this foreign place that Johnny Major, during his college year abroad, began writing love songs on an old, beat-up, Cuban guitar for a Chilean girl whom he would go on to marry. The music was derived from John’s experiences as a drummer in a pop-punk band in Davis, CA (where he attended college) and as bassist in a funk-rock band in Novato, CA (where he attended high school), as well as a profound musical appreciation of 50s doo wop and Motown, The Beatles, indie rock bands such as Broken Social Scene, The Strokes and The Shins, as well as singer-songwriter, Elliott Smith. It would be 8 years and tens of thousands of miles travelled before John would record his music and assemble a band. Adios Amigo is the culmination, and also the beginning of his musical aspirations coming to light.
Inspiration grows from many a situation, and City Tribe mold these strokes of inspiration into melodies and music that conjures a potent sentimentality. The vocal expression leads the listener across a viscous, dynamic soundscape created by acoustic and electric guitars, a synthesizer, mandolin, and drums. Weaving between their sugar sweet harmonies are tasteful bass lines and sparkling electric-guitar vignettes. Drummer Scott makes it all kick by applying the drum kit and auxiliary percussion with deep rooted feel. In short, their music is a booklet of ideas that will bring you to the tea table with your closest friends and worst enemies.
Coming from a variety of musical backgrounds, Ghost Tiger combines old and new flavors in a synthesis of four-part harmony, atmospheric sound and soulful vocals that culminate in a refreshing approach to indie-rock.