|Origin||San Francisco, California|
|Labels||Outpunk, Alternative Tentacles|
|Past members||Lynn Breedlove
Flipper (Silas Howard)
Tribe 8 was an all-women outspoken dyke punk band from San Francisco. Considered one of the first queercore groups, they take their name from the practice of tribadism, a "tribe eight" being a play on the word tribade, a word which was once used to refer to a lesbian.
The makeup of the group changed over time, but Lynn Breedlove and Leslie Mah (formerly of Anti-Scrunti Faction) were consistent members. Other members included Flipper (Silas Howard), Slade Bellum, Jen Schwartz, Mama T, Kat Buell, and Tantrum.
In concert, lead singer Breedlove frequently performed shirtless, wearing a strap-on dildo, and encouraged audience members to interact with it. Their songs often deal with subjects such as S/M, nudity, fellatio, and transgender issues, and the band was the subject of controversy because of this.
Tribe 8 toured throughout the United States, playing at venues such as DUMBA and 924 Gilman Street; they also played in Europe and Canada, and released a number of recordings on independent record labels.
In 1996, the band made its screen debut in A Gun For Jennifer, directed by Todd Morris. The band performs live in the documentary film She's Real, Worse Than Queer by Lucy Thane, released in 1997. Members of the band are also interviewed, speaking about a range of topics including the development of the queercore music scene. In 2003 the film Rise Above: A Tribe 8 Documentary, by director Tracy Flannigan, was released, documenting not only performances by the band but the motivations and reasons behind the band and the part it plays in their lives. The movie has won many awards at film festivals throughout the U.S.
Outside of the band, Lynn Breedlove is also the author of a novel, Godspeed, published in 2002, now translated into German as Goetterspeed, and a memoir "Lynnee Breedlove's One Freakshow" published in 2009, winner of the 2010 Lambda Award for Transgender Writing. Leslie Mah has appeared in various films including The Yo-Yo Gang by G. B. Jones; Shut Up White Boy, co-directed by Vu T. and Thu Ha; and produced her own film, Estrofemme, in 1998. Breedlove wrote, co-directed, co-produced, and starred in a short film, Godspeed, based on her novel. It debuted in festivals in 2007. It features Jillian Lauren, Adam Horowitz, Leslie Mah, and Bucky Sinister, with cameos by Meliza Banales and Jewelle Gomez. Her comedy solo show on trans bodies, community and feminism, "Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show", continues to tour worldwide.
Outside of Tribe 8, Jen Schwartz is a solo singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer who released her debut album Candy from a Stranger in 2000. She also owns Rampage Productions, a service business for musicians in Los Angeles. In 2010, she formed the band Me of a Kind. Me of a Kind's debut album is slated for release in the fall of 2010 on the Rampage Productions label.
Albums and EPs
- Anafaith (August 23, 2006), "Review of "Rise Above"", AfterEllen.com, retrieved September 21, 2007
- "Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary", San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 12, 2006
- "Where Are They Now", Tribe 8 Official Site, retrieved September 21, 2007
- Baird, Don (April 18, 2002), "Lynne Breedlove Does It All", San Francisco Bay Times