(en.wikipedia.org) And Also the Trees are an English post-punk band, formed in 1979 in Inkberrow, Worcestershire. They are notable for their poetic lyrics and evocative music which are strongly influenced by the native English countryside.
And Also the Trees have been described as a gothic rock group. The band's aesthetic sensibility has also been related to British Romanticism and melancholy in poetry and the arts.
And Also the Trees formed in 1979 in Inkberrow, a small village in Worcestershire, with a lineup featuring two sets of brothers: Simon Huw Jones (vocals), Justin Jones (guitar), Graham Havas (bass) and Nick Havas (drums).
. A home demo tape was sent to The Cure, who were looking for support bands on their tour, leading to a friendship between the two 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 by Robert Smith and Mike Hedges. Graham Havas was replaced at this time by Steven Burrows.
In 1983, the band released their first single, "Shantell", which was produced by The Cure's Lol Tolhurst. Their second single, "The Secret Sea", followed in 1984 and was also produced by Tolhurst. Tolhurst also produced their debut studio album, And Also the Trees, which was released in February 1984. The band received the attention of BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, and were invited to do a session in April 1984, which was produced by Dale Griffin for broadcast on 24 April.
The EP A Room Lives in Lucy (1985) introduced the mandolin-like guitar sound which became their trademark for the next few years. The next album, Virus Meadow (1986), was followed by their first European tour, which yielded the live album The Evening of the 24th (1987). Another EP, The Critical Distance, was released in 1987. The singles "Shaletown" and "The House of the Heart", and the next album The Millpond Years (1988,) were produced by Mark Tibenham.
Farewell to the Shade (1989) was followed by the single releases of "Lady D'Arbanville" (a completely revised Cat Stevens cover) and the French-only "Misfortunes".
In 1990, they changed their management. The band toured America during the following year, and reactivated contact with The Cure, which resulted in the USA-only release of the EP The Pear Tree featuring a remix by Robert Smith and Mark Saunders.
In 1992, the band released their last album produced by Tibenham, Green Is the Sea. They promoted it with a two-leg European tour including Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and France. Fan pressure resulted in a digital remastering of their singles and EPs, and the release of From Horizon to Horizon, a CD collection of primarily single and non-album tracks between 1983–1992.
They issued their sixth studio album The Klaxon in 1993, and the band toured during the following year, which resulted in the release of the live album Le Bataclan and a tour video from a concert in Hamburg.
In 1995, Justin Jones and Tibenham, along with Antonia Reiner, collaborated on a project called G. O. L., which resulted in the release of the album Sensations of Tone and the single "Soma Holiday". The album featured a cover version of the early And Also The Trees song "There Were No Bounds".
The band's seventh studio album, Angelfish (1996), centred on a British perception of Americana. It was the last album with drummer Nick Havas, who was replaced by Paul Hill.
Their eighth studio album, Silver Soul (1998), was also the band's first release on their own eponymous record label. The band released an EP, Nailed, the same year as well as a video compilation, Live 89-98.
After a five-year break, And Also the Trees released Further from the Truth (2003), recorded in the Worcestershire countryside and co-produced with Matthew Devenish.
In 2004 and 2005, And Also the Trees played several shows at music festivals such as the Paleo Festival and Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Germany. They celebrated their 25th anniversary with the Best of 1980–2005 compilation album.
Live in Geneva (2006) showed the band in action on their Further from the Truth tour, as well as some video and film projects. That same year, Justin Jones collaborated with Bernard Trontin of The Young Gods for a project called November, releasing an eponymous album on Swiss label Shayo.
And Also the Trees' 10th album, (Listen For) The Rag and Bone Man, was issued in November 2007. It featured two new members, Ian Jenkins (double bass) and Emer Brizzolara (keyboards, dulcimer and melodica). The accompanying photographs were taken by French photographer Jérôme Sevrette.
In June 2009, the band released When the Rains Come, containing acoustic versions of previously released songs and one new track. This was followed by another acoustic album, titled Driftwood.
In the summer of 2011, the band worked on new material in Herefordshire and France. Later that year, Justin Jones provided guest guitar on the Othon Mataragas album Impermanence (with Marc Almond on vocals, and also featuring Ernesto Tomasini, Laura Moody and Camille O'Sullivan), followed by an intimate concert at London's Chelsea Theatre to launch the album.
The band's 12th studio album, Hunter Not the Hunted, was released in March 2012.
And Also the Trees' 13th album, Born Into the Waves, is set for release on March 18, 2016.
(http://and-also-the-trees.labellos.de/) Eine Band, die auf eine Geschichte von über einem viertel Jahrhundert zurück blicken kann, bedarf eigentlich keiner näheren Erläuterung. Trotzdem hier eine kurze Zusammenfassung…
And Also The Trees wurden 1979 in einer Kleinstadt in der Grafschaft Worcestershire/England gegründet. Die Band ließ sich von Anfang an von der einmaligen Landschaft inspirieren, die sie umgab.
Dies reflektiert auch das Debüt-Album „And Also The Trees“, das 1983 erschien. Auch ihre Post-Punk-Wurzeln lassen sich darauf eindeutig heraus hören.
Doch erst mit dem Nachfolgealbum „Virus Meadow“ (1986) konnten sie ihren Stil festigen und nun auch europaweit Erfolge feiern. Danach erschienen die Alben „The Millpond Years“ (1987), „Farewell To The Shade“ (1989) und „Green Is The Sea“ (1991), durch die sie weltweit bekannt und berühmt wurden.
„The Klaxon“ kam 1993 heraus und enthielt zwar noch die angestammten geheimnisvoll-ländlichen Melodien, jedoch wurde diesen eine gute Portion Beat im Stil der 50er beigemischt. Der Sound wurde insgesamt urbaner und zugänglicher. Zu der Release-Trilogie gehörten außerdem noch „Angelfish“ (1996) und „Silver Soul“ (1998). Danach gönnten sich And Also The Trees einige Jahre der Schaffenspause, um neue Ideen und Inspirationen zu sammeln.
2003 waren sie schließlich mit dem Album „Further From The Truth“ zurück. Den 50er-Jahre-Stil hatten sie weit hinter sich gelassen, um von da an wieder die Musik zu machen, die sich für sie ‚natürlich’ anfühlte. In den folgenden Jahren spielten And Also The Trees auf einigen großen Festivals, u.a. dem Wave Gotik Treffen. Im Jahr ihres 25. Bandgeburtstages erschien ein BestOf-Album (1980-2005) und im Herbst 2007 wurde schließlich das Album „(listen for) the rag and bone man“ veröffentlicht.