Agori Tribe was birthed in 2008 by founding members Sean Naughton, Will Nicholls and David Collins, while attending high school in Germantown, Tennessee (a suburb of Memphis). From the very first jam session, they knew that they wanted to form a band together, and keyboardist Dave Hash joined the band soon after. Their original influences stemmed from metal and alternative rock, leading them to write heavier tunes, which can still be heard in songs like “…And Then I Saw A Universe.” Over the years, however, their interest in other genres has expanded, along with their technical and musical abilities. Today, Agori Tribe’s sound has evolved into a combination of progressive and psychedelic rock and modern jazz.
Since playing their first show at the New Daisy Theater in Downtown Memphis on October 30, 2009, Agori Tribe has opened for many well-known bands, including Perpetual Groove, Zoogma, Particle, Moon Taxi, Sunsquabi, Earphunk, The Original Wailers, Twiddle, Dopapod and more. The band has also played festivals such as Memphis Electronic Music Festival, Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, Bristerfest, Wakarusa and Madsummer Meltdown. More recently, Agori Tribe has been making its way throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, gaining new Tribesmen at every turn.
Agori Tribe recently released their second full-length album, Roller Coaster Tragedies. While their debut album, The Hard Mountain Tradition, represented the uphill battle they had fought to get to that point, Roller Coaster Tragedies is meant to symbolize forward motion and positivity in a world of chaos. While both records highlight Agori Tribe’s ability to move through multi-part compositions as a collective unit, Roller Coaster Tragedies shows a definite turn towards a jazzy approach to songwriting. Don’t be fooled though. Each song is filled with its own twists and turns, and before you know it, your mind could be blasted into outer space at any moment. Agori Tribe continues to grow and expand their Tribe across the country.