Early 1981. The Cure is looking for a support act through an ad in the Melody Makerfor for their Three Imaginary Boys tour. Only one act convinces Robert Smith and co: a young post-punkband established in 1979 by four British adolescents from a small town in Worcestershire, near Birmingham.
And Also The Trees hits the ground running because of this. During the day Simon Huw Jones and guitarist (and brother) Justin Jones are sitting in the schoolbenches, but in the evening they play gigs for 500 people.
Their first demotape is produced by Robert Smith and their debutalbum by keyboardplayer Lol Tolhurst. John Peel gives critical acclaim when they do a session for him and the first European tours are being booked.
In France and Germany the band gets a ton of approval. Especially when their postpunk sound slowly evolves from typical new wave to a much more defined atmospherical and cinematic sound. Justin Jones plays his guitar as if it were a mandolin and Simon Huw Jones pulls you into a poetic and Byronesque universe.
When the band releases their fourth album, Farewell to the Shade, they reach an unequivocal cult-status and easily sell out halls like the Bataclan.
In the three decades that followed, And Also The Trees has only widened their cultstatus. Also because they continually reinvent themselves with every album. From stylistic detours to 1950s rock & roll that wouldn’t mind being the soundtrack to a David Lynch film to Blues, Jazz and Avant-Rock.
In The Netherlands the band has never managed to get a foothold in their 39-year old carreer, eventhough there are admirers in the low lands.