The Nick Tree Band - 'Feathers and Glue'
For Fans Of: Bright Eyes, Bon Ivor and Tom Waits
Guildford’s prolific songwriter and Icarus Falls front man Nick Tree is back with yet another project, aptly named The Nick Tree Band. This latest musical offering see’s Nick wearing his heart on his sleeve with an emotive and sincere collection of songs written as a form of therapy more than any other reason, thankfully for us, Nick has decided to share them with the world.
Alter The Press: Why should Alter The Press readers check you out?
Nick Tree: I guess, just on the off chance that one of the ATP readers likes listening to songs that are written for the sake of the song and not for the sake of marketing or demographics or image or commercial figures and toothpaste adverts. I know that's what I like to listen to so we can but hope....
ATP: What's the story behind the band?
NT: The band is really just a bunch of my friends and local musicians that agreed to help me out with a solo project, that I'd been working on for a few months as a form of personal therapy. We locked ourselves away on an Island in the middle of the Thames and drank Gin and played a whole host of organic instruments, in order to create something that would hopefully not date. Saying that, we also wanted to just capture the live takes rather than slave over production so as to capture the energy and the mood of the songs whilst the lyrics were still raw enough to conjure up genuine emotion. Wanky answer? Yes, but true!
ATP: Single highlight as a band so far?
NT: For me it was playing a show to friends and family in south London early last month. The other guys would probably have a different personal highlight. I also think the day we mastered the record was a huge highlight and somehow a weight was lifted.
ATP: What are your plans for the 12 months?
NT: The EP "A Story Born in Wonderland" will be released in September on Compact Disc and digitally. We plan to play around England as much as possible and record another 3 songs, which is in the early stages as we speak. I don't know, I guess I want to put the record out to as many people as possible and apparently you no longer need the 'Industry' to do this for you anymore which is great and sad in equal measure.
The Nick Tree Band on MySpace
Words by Matt Buck