San Francisco band City Tribe has been together since 2010, but lead vocalists Duncan Nielsen and Jacob Jones first played music together in 2007, testing out sounds with a post-hardcore band. When this project fizzled out and the two went their separate ways, serendipitous circumstances found the pair living a few blocks away from one another years later, and the two tried again: this time, though, scaling back to just vocals and acoustic guitar.
Since then, they’ve added members, released a self-titled EP and solidified the perfect band lineup to get to work on their debut full-length, Undertow. The album was recorded at Faultline Studios as well as famed jazz studio Coast Recorders by Andy Freeman, formerly of Manchester Orchestra. The album’s nine tracks were almost entirely cut live, making for a uniquely heartfelt first-listen for new fans. Listen to album track “Wildflower” in the player above. Undertow is set for release on July 29.