Tibet are an Indie Rock & Roll outfit from Cardiff, they play Sixties guitar pop inspired melodies (think classic Kinks and Beatles cuts), fused with anthemic choruses and a raucous indie rock attitude.
The Welsh 4-piece will release 'Above The Moon' on May 23rd - a double EP comprising of their first two releases and named after the local Cardiff venue The Moon. You can pick up the release on limited edition vinyl through Alcopop Records.
Name, Where are you from?
Hello, we are Tibet, from Cardiff! Together we are Joel and Ethan Hertz, Tom Rees, and Rhys Carey.
What do you do?
Joel: I play guitar and sing, a lot.
Tom: I play bass and sing a little.
Rhys: I play guitar and sing a little bit too.
Ethan: I play drums, and I don’t sing at all.
Describe your style in three words.
BIG FRIENDLY BALLS.
4. What was the first song you played on repeat?
Tom: I think it’s different for all of us, for me I think it’d have to be ‘Icky Thump’ by the White Stripes for me.
Joel: Mine would be ‘She’s So Heavy’ by the Beatles, BIG TUNE.
Ethan: ‘Hey Joe’ by Jimi Hendrix for me, Mitch Mitchell kills it on that one!
Rhys: Oasis’ ‘Morning Glory’. YAH.
5. How should your music be listened to?
Loud, and whilst dancing about in a rugby club that was built in the late 80’s.
6. What do you miss about home when you’re on tour?
Not being able to watch ‘Walk Hard, The Dewey Cox Story’ on repeat for the rest of our living days.
7. What British music icons inspire your sound today?
Definitely the Beatles, one hundred percent. We love all the greats really, Beatles, The Kinks, Zeppelin, Oasis, Blur, ALL OF THEM.
The Beatles - I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
The Beatles were the immediate first reference point for all of us. Every song we wrote in the beginning was just trying to be a Beatles song in one way or another! “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” is the best example of how far the Beatles could reach in terms of song writing, leaping into the realms of heavy rock, that would easily match anything Black Sabbath could throw out, and right after this track has completely disassembled your mind with it’s increasingly stressful outro, the boys hit you with “Here Comes the Sun”. LEGENDARY.
The White Stripes - Icky Thump
Much like the Beatles, Jack and Meg were huge reference points to us throughout our writing process. Jack White is a living legend, and this song demonstrates that even if he literally throws himself over an organ, it sounds banging.
Beck - Cellphones Dead
Beck has been a recent flavour for us, only discovering him quite recently, nonetheless he’s changed the whole foundation of how we write and what we want to write. We’ve been trying to write funky rap songs for the past three months, it hasn’t really worked though.
Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta
Again, another recent find for us, Kendrick Lamar has been making waves lately, and “To Pimp A Butterfly” gives all those waves justice. This track is pure energy.
The Magic Gang - Feeling Better
We’ve had an infatuation with these guys for quite some time now, their first EP showcases some absolutely stunning songwriting, an attribute of many bands that we feel is often missing nowadays. Right on, Magic Gang. We had the opportunity to play with these guys in Nottingham recently too, and they’re proper geezers, so it makes the EP even better.
Bill Withers - Sweet Wanomi
One of the best summer tunes. Sitting in the park drinking tinnies and listening to Bill’s rubbery guitar tone. Yah.
Pond - Waiting Around For Grace
Just an all round big tune. There’s no real emotional connection to this one, just the fact that it sounds huge. Pond have this knack for making tracks sound amazing, and this is testament to that.
David Bowie - Modern Love
Words can hardly describe how big a tune this is. Losing Bowie this year was an absolute tragedy, mainly because there won’t be anyone on this Earth who could ever replicate a tune as big as “Modern Love”, or any other of Bowie’s bangers, because everything about Bowie was so sublime. The fashion, the songwriting, the characterisation, Bowie set a bar for all of it, and he set it very, very high.
June 3-4: X Festival @ Bute Park, Cardiff
June 18: Bushstock Festival @ Defector’s Weld, London
July 15-17: Truck Festival, Oxford
July 17: Latitude @ DIY Presents… Alcove Stage
August 26: Leeds Festival, Leeds
August 28: Reading Festival, Reading
September 1-4: Festival No. 6, Porthmadog, Wales
Above The Moon Track List
I’ll Put You In My Pocket
She Don’t Know
In My Head
See You Out Tonigh
So Low You Forgot How To Lose
Tell The World