TRIBES is an Rock Mariachi band from El Paso, TX founded by multi-instrumentalist, Mike Hernandez. It began as a side-project in mid 2009 only to be placed on the back-burner officially when he joined Tempe Arizona’s Rock group Tugboat from 2010 to 2012. Following that, Hernandez then went on to join The Royalty (Victory Records) during which time he also filled-in on Bass/Guitarron duties with Los Angeles group, Mariachi El Bronx (White Drugs/ATO Records). In 2013, he returned to his Mariachi project as his main pursuit. Over the last several years while trying to establish the band, Hernandez has filled the gaps touring with groups such as Tolidos, Nick Hirsch and Mariachi El Bronx. In late 2016, he decided to fully refocus on his own music again with a renewed sense of purpose and a new batch of songs. In 2018, the band officially debuted.
TRIBES sound meshes heavy drums with traditional Mariachi instruments. Adding rich melody and harmony, TRIBES focuses on indieRock songwriting that pulls from Mariachi influences as the cohesive element. In June of 2020, TRIBES signed with Amuxe Publishing (formerly Another Victory Inc.) for their song licensing placements. Their new single releases, Passengers (2020) & Blazing Hearts (2020) is independently released on Hernandez’s own label Danger Lips Group partnered by SS9.
Gisselle Lopez - Vocals / Mike Hernandez - Guitarron / Nate Sansom - Vihuela /Joe Madrid - Guitar
Cindy Cabada - Violin / Vanessa Cedillos - Violin / Eddie Garcia - Violin
David Nava - Trumpet / Albert Martinez - Trumpet / Mario Guerra - Trumpet / Steve Oropeza - Drums