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The rock music group known as And Also The Trees was formed in 1979 in the United Kingdom. They are early forerunners to the Gothic rock genre, amongst others. Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, a bass guitar, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, trumpet, and trombone are common in some styles, however, horns have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Gothic rock (also called goth rock or simply goth) evolved out of post-punk during the late 1970s. ...

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History

And Also The Trees started in the dawn of the Eighties in Inkberrow,a small village in Worcestershire, far in the countryside. They never had the pressure to move to London. Inspired by the ideology of a still-developing post-punk movement the band was influenced almost exclusively by the landscape and history of the rural environment that surrounded them.


A first made-at-home tape was sent to The Cure which led to a friendship between both bands. In 1981 And Also The Trees played several shows in support of The Cure's UK tour. Their second demo tape From under the hill (1982) was partly co-produced with Robert Smith and Mike Hedges. The Cure is a British band widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ... Robert Smith or Bob Smith is a common name. ...


Their first two single releases Shantell, The secret sea and their debut album, simply called And Also The Trees had been produced by Laurence Tolhurst and were released 1983. The debut album reflected the early, tentative post-punk roots. They got the attention of John Peel and were invited to do a session on 7th. April 1984 produced by Dale Griffin for broadcast on 24.April. Laurence Lol Tolhurst (born Laurence Andrew Tolhurst on February 3, 1959 in Horley, England) was a founding member and drummer/keyboardist for the UK band The Cure. ... (Auto)biography John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was a British disc jockey, radio presenter, and journalist. ...


After a second tour with The Cure in 1984, they severed their musical relationship and developed their very own sound. The EP A room lives in Lucy (1985) introduced the mandolin-like guitar sound which they became trademark for the next years. Justin Jones in 1985 on the first releases: "I think our musical progression is similar to that of Joy Division's. If you listen to 'Warsaw' and then 'Joy Division', their awareness of atmosphere increases. Creating an ambience is very important." Joy Division were a rock band formed in 1977 in Manchester. ...


Primarily influenced by their rural english environment the band released Virus Meadow (1986), an album of rich, pagan melancholy & disturbing laments. There is no sane urbanity here; only heretic nature. And Also The Trees are acutely attuned to their environment: the band employ language to communicate, rather than to satiate.


In the same year the band went on their first European tour of which the live album The evening of the 24th (1987) gives an impressive testimony. Another EP The critical distance was released in 1987. The violent nature of the material shows a band fighting their way back to creativity from the first creative block they had endured in the time after the release of Virus Meadow.


With regained inspiration And Also The Trees polished and matured the sound they had began with Virus Meadow the following years. Audible proof can be found in the singles Shaletown and the The house of the heart and the next album The Millpond years (1988) which sees the coming of the keyboard producer Mark Tibenham. The issue of a modern, industrial society carving it's way through the heart of a rural idyllic is something that was a prevalent lyrical theme throughout this period in the bands evolution.


This is also true to the highly acclaimed Farewell to the shade (1989), an album influenced by personal memories and enlighted by poets and painters from the early 19th century. 1989 also saw the single releases of Lady D'Arbanville, a completely revised Cat Stevens cover of a song the Jones's brothers had grown up with and the French only Misfortunes single. These years marked their greatest commercial success. With the last albums and exhaustive touring the band created a strong following all over Europe and also got some attention in Japan; far away from the quick fashions of London. The Paris concert in 1989 where the band was playing in front of a huge audience is remembered as one of the most remarkable moments in the bands career. Cat Stevens (born Stephen Demetre Georgiou on July 21, 1948, and now named Yusuf Islam) is best known for his tenure as a popular British singer-songwriter. ...


1990 was a year of introspection with only three European dates. They changed their management, made a US tour (1991) and reactivated contact with The Cure which resulted in the U.S.-only release of the EP The Pear Tree featuring a remix by Robert Smith and Mark Saunders. Robert Smith or Bob Smith is a common name. ...


In 1992 the band released the last album produced by Mark Tibenham called Green is the sea in which the keyboard was more prominent. New characters embark on ghost ships, across dangerous seas and drifting by new mirages of love and truth. It's maybe the bands most accessible work which they promoted with a two-legs European tour including Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and France with many sold-out dates.


A hard nucleus of fans pushed them for a digitally remastering of their singles and EP's. So From Horizon to Horizon, a CD collection of primarily single and non-album tracks between 1983-1992 was released.


A new chapter followed in 1993. Elaborated in Cornwall during the tempest of the summer and recorded in front of a wildly furious sea The Klaxon features an increasing part of urban moods. Trumpet, acoustic percussions, mandolin and bright sounds dominate assisted by a Hammond organ. But there's not only urbanisation. The bad working streetlights then turn into red sunrises, chaotic intersections become green hills, doves circuit the sky and in lace white fields we cut the violets and smell the perfume of the corn where time has stopped.


1994 sees the band touring which resulted in the release of the live album The Bataclan and a tour video from the concert in the Hamburg.


In 1995 a project called G.O.L. between Justin Jones and Mark Tibenham along with Antonia Reiner resulted in the electro-ethno-ambient release of the album "Sensations of Tone" and the single "Soma Holiday". The album features a cover version of the early And Also The Trees song "There were no bounds". Meanwhile Steven and Nick moved to London and Simon to Switzerland.


The band's seventh regular studio album Angelfish (1996) sees the band venture deeper into American themes, abandoning the guitar sounds they came synonymous for now mostly using a 50's guitar sound instead. With an increased interest in different forms of American art like painting, literature or different films and directors the band tried to include these infuences into the music to create a British perception of "Americano".


Silver Soul (1998) follows the path of Angelfish using a more heterogeneous approach with more poetry elements present in the lyrics than on the former release and introducing some Jazz influences. Silver Soul takes the listener on a musically and lyrically road-movie through a long deserted street across endless open spaces. References in sound and voice had been made in reviews regarding Chris Isaak and Nick Cave and is maybe the band's most untypical album. Silver Soul was the band's first new release on their own label. With Nailed the band released a EP the same year. Chris Isaak Chris Isaak (born Christopher Joseph Isaak June 26, 1956 in Stockton, California) is an American indie rock, pop, and rock and roll singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. ... Nick Cave on the cover of the album The Boatmans Call Nicholas Edward Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian rock musician, songwriter, poet, author, actor and screenwriter, best known for his work in rock and roll band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and his fascination with...


After a five year break And Also The Trees released Further from the truth (2003) recorded in the Worcestershire countryside and co-produced with Matt Devenish. With "Further from the Truth" the band left the 50's sound of the predecessors behind and tried what they felt was natural for them to play. With a mellow and again more original sound they returned to their trademark rural romanticism imbued with a newly acquired edginess and realism by words of a much darker tone; recalling emotions of nostalgia drawn on contemporary influences.


In 2004 and 2005 And Also The Trees played a few shows at some huge festivals like the Paleo Festival and the Wave-Gotik-Treffen. They celebrated the 25'th anniversary with a Best of 1980 - 2005 compilation and special shows on a Parisian boat and a celebrated church in Germany.


The band is currently working on the follow-up album of Further from the truth and completing side-projects.


Bandmembers

Steven Burrows (Bass) 1983-present
Graham Havas (Bass) 1979-1983
Nick Havas (Drums) 1979-1998
Paul Hill (Drums) 1998-present
Justin Jones (Guitar) 1979-present
Simon Huw Jones (Vocals) 1979-present


Discography

1980 - FIRST DEMO CASSETTE
1982 - FROM UNDER THE HILL (DEMO-CASSETTE ltd. 200)
1983 - SHANTELL (7)
1984 - SELF-TITLED (LP/CD)
1984 - THE SECRET SEA (7/12)
1985 - A ROOM LIVES IN LUCY (12)
1986 - VIRUS MEADOW (LP/CD)
1986 - A RETROSPECTIVE 1983-1986 (CD)
1987 - ET AUSSI LES ARBRES
1987 - THE EVENING OF THE 24th (LP/CD)
1987 - THE CRITICAL DISTANCE (12)
1987 - SHALETOWN (7/12)
1988 - HOUSE OF THE HEART (7/12/CDS)
1988 - THE MILLPOND YEARS (LP/CD)
1989 - FAREWELL TO THE SHADE (LP/CD)
1989 - LADY D'ARBANVILLE (7/12/CDS)
1989 - MISFORTUNES (7)
1990 - BOXED SET (of all 7/12)
1992 - GREEN IS THE SEA (LP/CD)
1993 - FROM HORIZON TO HORIZON (CD)
1993 - THE KLAXON (LP/CD)
1993 - LYRIC BOOK (ltd. 300 of which 150 red and 150 green)
1994 - LE BATACLAN (CD ltd. 1000 numbered)
1994 - BIELEFELD PC 69 1992 (Video VHS PAL)
1994 - HAMBURG MARKTHALLE 1994 (Video VHS PAL)
1996 - ANGELFISH (CD)
1998 - SILVER SOUL (CD)
1998 - NAILED (CDS)
1998 - LIVE 89-98 (Video VHS PAL)
2003 - FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH (CD)


External links

  • And Also The Trees Official site
  • And Also The Trees Untangled Informational site
  • And Also the Trees at the All Music Guide

 
 

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