The Dead Trees Hitting The Road
With an arsenal of new material to road test before heading back into the studio to record a follow up to their debut LP King of Rosa.
Matthew, Noah, Tad and Michael began work on what would become the Fort Music EP. They were longtime friends and had played around Boston in various configurations for years. Michael and Noah had recently played with local friends Drug Rug. When the boys gathered in Dec '06 to record some new songs of Michael's, there were no grand plans to see through or deadlines to meet. They had an engineer friend and a couple hundred bucks and some notions about maybe making some back to basics rock and roll. Luckily for everyone, that approach seemed to work just fine, and after two weeks in an Allston, MA basement they had Fort Music all wrapped up and, more importantly, were most definitely a band. Fort Music EP was widely supported throughout the Coalition Of Independent Music Stores in spring, 2008.
These modest beginnings play out in the The Dead Trees' music in the best way - there's no artifice here, not much "production" to speak of, just a bunch of good musicians doing what comes naturally on a batch of deceptively elegant songs. Two guitars, background vocals here and there, a manic drum fill when necessary. It all feels easy and right. Says Michael: "We don't deprive any of our songs. They're like our children, all different and each as important as the next. We're just borrowing from our heroes and trying to raise a family."
Since those basement sessions things have happened pretty fast - the band sent some CDs around, and next thing you know The Dead Trees were supporting Albert Hammond, Jr. on a national tour, did The House Of Blues in LA, Webster Hall in NYC, just about burned down the Metro in Chicago, and abandoned a broken down van somewhere in Iowa. There were showcases at Spaceland and Mercury Lounge and interest at labels was piqued. Now being represented by the management duo of Bryna Gootkind (Port O'Brien, Kaki King, Melissa Ferrick) and Ryan Gentles (The Strokes, Albert Hammond, Jr.), they've relocated to Portland, Oregon where they completed their debut LP, King Of Rosa. After signing a Japan-only deal with Japan's leading indie label Five Man Army, the band was invited to perform at the Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo and Osaka in the summer of 2008 in support of the upcoming release.
Sept 23 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 24 - Oldfield's On High - Columbus, OH
Sept 25 - Cedar's Lounge - Youngstown, OH
Sept 26 - Casa Cantina - Athens, OH
Sept 27 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN
Sept 28 - Firebird - St Louis, MO
Sept 29 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
Sept 30 - Lincoln Calling Festival - Lincoln, NE
Oct 1 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO
Oct 2 - The Listening Room - Park City, UT
Oct 3 - Terrapin Station - Boise, ID
Oct 4 - The BLVD - Spokane, WA
Oct 6 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Oct 7 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
Oct 8 - Sam Bond's Garage - Eugene, OR
Oct 9 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
Oct 10 - Bootleg Theater - Los Angeles, CA
Oct 11 - Detroit Bar - Costa Mesa, CA
Oct 12- Modified Arts - Phoenix, AZ
Oct 16 - Stubbs, Jr. - Austin, TX
Oct 17 - The Prophet Bar - Dallas, TX
Oct 20 - Tasty World - Athens, GA
Oct 21 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
Oct 22 - The Camel - Richmond, VA
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