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An Interview with Trees and Timber

A new single from Trees and Timber delivers a vivacious fuzz tone soiree of garage and indie rock all packed to the brim with this lush personality and character along with the air of a live performance with players that feed off of each other's energies the entire time.

"All The Best" is endlessly fun and hits plenty of the sweet spots you would be looking for from this sort of power rock, swagger-riddled, punch-packing rock approach.

The track bears in mind some of the more colorful indie rock from the early 2000s and this gives it a slightly nostalgic undertone but it does have as much edginess as it has color as well so the combination of those two things really let this song thrive.

Again, what grabs you about this track is that electric energy because it's completely unstoppable and is part of what lets the song push the envelope to where it needs to be.

This is youthful and extremely charismatic garage rock that bears such a classic guitar tone and addictive style that's completely coated in pop and is also very danceable so, you end up having a perfect time listening to this track.

One of the things I enjoyed about the song are those backing vocals that hit later on in the song because by the time you get to that last chorus, some vocals come in that sound almost haunting and bendy as they sway through the ether of the track and this adds a completely different layer to it which I found cool, and you can also tell that there are super classic songwriting influences that are infused in this track as well.

I definitely love a song that you can either jump around the living room with, or sing along with, fists in the air and loud as can be and this song accomplishes all of that and one quick shot.

This is a total pop and garage rock banger that displays the bands charisma, and presence along with just having a good time doing what they do which is something that shines through in the entire song.

These guys are having a blast and you can tell they all have a love for their craft and when I say that I don't just mean playing their instruments or singing, I mean writing songs that come bursting with energy and fun to put into the world.

One of the best things you can do is listen to this track first thing in the morning because it just sets the tone for the rest of your day.

The animated vocal performance really adds a great layer to the track and gives it its life but the whole thing comes together in a way that lets each instrument compliment the next.

With the release of such a well woven and instantly infectious single we wanted to have a sit down with Trees and Timber to find out where this actually came from and what might be coming up next for them.

Here's what happened.

Buzz Slayers: Okay guys let's start with "All the Best"! This track had a fuzztone garage rock feel with character and color to it! How did this release come about?

It was one of the tracks we started recording years ago, and one of the few we had started laying tracks on in 2017 before the band broke up for a few years. We were having a blast trying out little vocal harmonies thrown here and there, so it was exciting to hear all that when we reunited and decided to finish it by finally recording lead vocals. We weren't doing it intentionally, but that fuzzy sound really lent itself to some Flo and Eddie style backups to give it a nice T. Rexish vibe.

Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you guys as a band?

Gwen and I were a couple, and we were both musically inclined, but it hadn't occurred to us until years into our relationship that we should make music together. Gwen was a guitar player already, but she got a bass to try her hand at that and took to it immediately, creating her own melodic style of playing. That ended up being the basis for our songwriting, and pretty quick we had a bunch of songs and needed a band.

Buzz Slayers: This release has some great rock approaches to it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?

Man, it's a wide range of influences! All three of us love collecting old records from pretty much any genre. So, you've got the obvious ones like The Beatles, Beach Boys, or those 60's pop bands like The Turtles or Zombies. Then there's 70's glam and power pop: Slade, Bowie, Cheap Trick, T. Rex, Queen. Buzzcocks and Wire are in there too. Then there are less obvious ones like Nilsson, Dylan, Misfits, Lucinda Williams, Can, and a lot of 60's R&B. We also probably owe a lot to Pixies. We're all really drawn to anything with a good melody, hook, and exciting sound.

Buzz Slayers:

I (Joe) have taken up painting. I suck at it, but I'm trying and it's fun. Gwen's heavily involved in social issues like tenant rights and fair labor practices. Paul's got a big family, so that takes up a lot of time by itself.

Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?

At the moment, I'm listening to a lot of krautrock. My best friend was obsessed with it in High School, but I was stuck on my punk rock trip and didn't give it much of a chance. Now I get it! 

Buzz Slayers: Are you guys doing any live performances right now?

We will be! When we got back together and started work finishing our album, we decided to wait until that album comes out before we'd play live again. July 12th will be our first show back!

Buzz Slayers: Do you record these at a big studio, or do you have a home studio set-up?

All our latest stuff is recorded by Jeff Southard at Swoon Records. It's a home setup, but the gear is the for real deal. Jeff knows his shit and he does an amazing job dialing our sound to where we want it, but a lot of these tracks were recorded next to a washer/dryer. 

Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?

We've got this record coming out, which we're all really proud of! I think people who know our music will be surprised by some of the places it goes. We're back to writing songs, so there'll be other music from us besides the newest singles and LP eventually. And, of course, we'll be playing live again.

Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?

Thanks for being so patient!

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