Credit: Andre Hinds

Local swamp-rock group Lost Tribe will return to the Pour House deck stage July 22, bringing a setlist brimming with new original songs. The band, fronted by lead singer Allison Forbes, possesses a bewitching blend of sounds: part southern-rock, part blues, with a touch of transcendent psychedelica.

While unable to put on Lost Tribe’s signature high-energy live shows during the pandemic, the shutdown led the band to make strides as recording artists and fine-tune its musical direction.

“We were allowed time to sit and chill. We wrote so much new material, and were writing songs left and right, we put our focus into recording with Matt Zutell at Coast Records,” Forbes said. “This last year helped us step up our game.”

She’s looking forward to promoting new singles “Poison Pill,” “Old Elijah,” and “Juke Joint.” All of the newly released tracks were written by guitarist Pete Ballou and feel darker, more spiritual. “They have that hoodoo sound  — they get people out of their heads,” she said.

The group, which also includes lead guitarist Shamus Gillen, bassist Matt Goodrich, and drummer Jason Benton, is ready to, as Forbes put it, “create magic and pull magic from the crowd” on a stage that has meant so much to the group. “Our first show at the Pour House, I was like a kid at the candy store. It has always been one of my musical dreams once I found out about the music scene in Charleston. So many talented, world-renowned musicians and singers perform on that stage, so I have an opportunity to stand and sing where my idols have performed” she said.

Lost Tribe encourages concert-goers to arrive ready for voodoo dance alchemy, asking the crowd to dress in black and purple, glitter and anything that calls to mind a festive, mystical mood. “Listeners, be ready to rock,” Forbes said. Tickets are available through Pour House for $10 in advance, and $15 at the door until sold out. The doors at 4:00 p.m and music at 6:00 p.m.

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