And Also The Trees played their first concert in 1980, they were the Jones and Havas brothers aged between 19 and 15 from the rural English midlands. Emerging from the embers of the punk scene their music was primitive but impassioned and interesting enough to catch the attention of The Cure when they were looking for bands to open for them on tour.
In the following years Robert Smith and Lawrence Tolhurst in particular were very supportive, producing their early recordings and releases and inviting them on UK tours in 81 and 84.
A John Peel session and a successful second album (Virus meadow) led the way to headline tours of their own in front of growing audiences, especially in France and Germany, as their post punk sound slowly evolved from typical new wave to a much more defined, atmospherical and cinematic sound. Justin Jones playing his guitar as if it were a mandolin and Simon Huw Jones pulling one into a poetic and Byronesque universe.
When the band released their forth album ‘Farewell to the shade’ they had reached an unequivocal cult-status and were selling out halls like The Bataclan and La Cigale in Paris.
In the three decade that have followed And Also The Trees have widened their cult status, continually evolving with each album taking stylistic detours touching on 1950’s rock & roll that wouldn’t sound out of place as a soundtrack for a David Lynch movie, to blues, jazz and avant-rock – but always retaining their unique sound.
Inexplicably, throughout their 39 year career the band and The Netherlands have remained virtual strangers. ‘Untangled’ has been specifically compiled by singer Simon Huw Jones and Gentlemen Recordings as an introduction for Dutch and Flemish music lovers to a band that might have passed them by – and hopefully a gateway for And Also The Trees into the Lowlands.
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