All Hail The Tribesmen

The Screaming Tribesmen were one of the most enduring and powerfully melodic bands to emerge from the rich Australian underground rock scene of the 1980s. If the indie chart-topping single "Igloo" had been their only legacy they would have been long remembered, but they produced a stack of other memorable songs and toured every nook and cranny of Australia, as well as throughout the US and Europe.

Led by guitarist-vocalist Mick Medew, a veteran of cult band The 31st, the Tribesmen emerged in Brisbane in 1981 as a ‘60s-influenced power trio. The original line-up of Medew, John Hartley (bass) and Murray Shepherd (drums) produced an independent EP and two singles before dissolving. Relocated to Sydney, Medew formed several versions of the band before settling on guitarist Chris "Klondike" Masuak (Radio Birdman, the Hitmen), bassist Bob Wackley (Razar) and drummer Warwick Fraser (Feather, Hoi Polloi). This line-up would last seven years and firmly established itself with the "Date With A Vampyre" and "Top of the Town" EPs before signing to American label Ryko and releasing the "Bones and Flowers" album.