Treetop Flyers

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Treetop Flyers

 
Treetop Flyers became a serious proposition not long after they booked a rehearsal room in Shepherds Bush for a no-pressure jam session. From then on the band’s fate as a dreamy, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young style Americana act was sealed. Sam and Reid went on to write the band’s first song, the delicate comedown country of ‘Is It All Worth It’, together in an empty room in Sam’s house. “It was a moment where you realize that we can be a band thats greater than the sum of their parts, and make a noise that none of us can predict,” he says of the Simon & Garfunkel referencing number. “We can all hope for it but none of us can do it alone.”
 
In order to get gigs, the band recorded a demo, which became their acclaimed debut EP, ‘To Bury The Past’. Every member of the band helps to pen the music. “Each and every one of us has a hand in songwriting”, says Reid. “It’s not a Treetop Flyers song until everyone has put in in their bit.”
 
On the back of the EP release and their swiftly honed, commanding live show, they went on to win the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. They’d managed to forget that they’d even entered, but when they were told they’d made it through to the final heats, they headed to Worthy Farm to play a special gig for Michael and Emily Eavis and a panel of judges. Their prize was six shows at Glastonbury Festival in 2011, including opening up the Other Stage to a couple of thousand people.
 
With their quintessential vintage West Coast sound, it’s fitting that Treetop Flyers laid down their country soul debut in the canyons of Southern California, produced by Noah Georgeson (Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Bert Jansch) at Zuma Sound in Malibu.
 
After several years touring across Europe and America Treetop Flyers started work on their self-produced second album Palamino which was recorded at Soup studios London and mixed by Jonathan Wislon (Father John Misty, Conor Oberst, Elvis Costello) in L.A.
 
After another few years of touring and few rythem section changes 2018 sees the band releasing their self titled third studio album. Their current offering comes from the grand Location known as The Cube, A self built studio & rehearsal space that backs onto a sanding workshop. If you think this record is gritty You are correct. Every time they setup for a recording session the band would have to swab down the tape machine and sections of their equipment with contact cleaner to get rid of the saw dust, but nothing exploded or caught fire, no one died and they eventually came out with an album. The Majority of the tracking for this project was done entirely live in the cube using thier much loved TASCAM 38 tape machine ‘Bertha’, which after a few false starts and breakdowns decided to work long enough for them to track the record JUST! Stripping back the recording process and working within the limitations of their equipment and recording knowledge has created the bands most true to form record and has breathed new life into the music, which is one of the main reasons they have decide to simply call the album Treetop Flyers as it represents a fresh start for the band.

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