Known for it’s beautiful seascape, cultural diversity, and the Chargers, San Diego, CA is producing music artists that are so talented that L.A may not be the only hub for entertainment! One of the bands making it happen for Southern California is Tribal Theory, and they’re, in their words, “Bringin’ sexy back!”
Although the band does consist of a Hawaiian, Samoan, and Filipino, the majority of Tribal Theory have roots from the Micronesian island of Guam. The name Tribal Theory evolved from the band members’ pride in their Pacific Islander heritage and having very little time to come up with something savvy. The “Theory” component is, according to them, “the mystery of what you experience from our music.” Their style is not limited to one type of genre but it does identify with world music. They use their roots in the Pacific as a base and incorporate Island, Reggae, Ska and even mix in a little Rock to make their music their own personal signature sound. They are not new to the stage and have shared it with some of the industry’s most respected Reggae artists such as Collie Buds, Barrington Levy, and the Mighty Diamonds! They attribute their success to their family-type relationship with one another and are glued together with manager, Frank Aguon.
Starting with just a couple of guys jamin’ at the house, original members AJ Blount, Dominic Blas, and Rich Duenas began as Polynesian dancers in 2005 then organized a band and became focused in 2010. They are not your typical Island/Reggae band. They’re a little weird, always down for a good time, perform well, and look good doing it! Yes, it’s not uncommon for the guys of Tribal Theory to show a little skin! Their ability to do cover songs has been a positive avenue and writing their own material will take them to the next level. A band goal that is personal to them is to ultimately return to Guam and perform among their people. They are very proud to be Chamorro and plan on putting Guam on the map… again! Although individually they have had struggles, they use it to collaboratively move each other forward, never deny or forget where they came from, and keep their eye on where they want to be.
The WhatItDo had the opportunity to see Tribal Theory rock the stage, and their style, sound, and swag definitely showed that they’re not a band to be taken lightly. Currently they’re one of the most sought-after bands in the Urban Island circuit. They’ve got all the right ingredients to make your experience unforgettable. Tribal Theory looks good and sounds good and that combination is always a winner. That’s WhatItDo!
-Article Written by: RAEN
*Article photos courtesy of Frank Aguon/Manager of Tribal Theory
*YouTube video courtesy of WhatUpUce