Rock Show: Treetop Flyers Announce UK Tour
Treetop Flyers return in March with a brand new album Palomino, the follow up to 2013’s acclaimed debut The Mountain Moves. In April, the band will tour the UK and Europe, appearing in the following cities:
10 The Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK
14 Night & Day, Manchester,UK
15 Leaf, Liverpool, UK
16 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
18 Joiners, Southampton, UK
19 The Cookie, Leicester, UK
21 The Boileroom, Guildford, UK
23 Charlatan, Ghent, BE
24 Nochtspeicher, Hamburg, DE
25 Gruner Salon, Berlin, DE
26 Studio 672, Cologne, DE
27 Hafenkneipe, Zurich, SW
28 Orangehouse, Munich, DE
29 De Zwarte Ruiter, Den Haag, ND
04 The 100 Club, London
For Treetop Flyers, the last few years have been a case of needing to fall apart, in order to rebuild, and come back stronger. Two and a half years on from their acclaimed debut album The Mountain Moves, fate showed its macabre sense of humour in dramatically shifting the ground beneath the London five-piece.
The grief for lost parents, broken marriages, the near-death of a close friend, the departure of long-time bassist Matthew Starritt, the loss of numerous behind-the-scenes personnel (as well as an accountancy bill that they say “would make the government weep”) led to a prolonged period of upheaval and an unsettled and anxious camp.
It was perhaps natural that Palomino was to become an honest, raw, and reflective record. As vocalist & guitarist Reid Morrison puts it; “We’d been through a lot individually and collectively. Coming together to make this record was very therapeutic for us, in a sense. It brought us closer and allowed us to let go of a lot of the bullshit that we’d had to endure and negotiate in the past.”
With an out-of-sorts band slowly coming to terms with their own situations, self-reliance and a gang mentality showed itself to be the route ahead. Locking themselves away at their own Soup Studios in London, self-producing along with the help of some friends – and then mixed by Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Conor Oberst, Elvis Costello) – their new outlook was to embrace the unknown, and begin experimenting.
New synths, new pedals and new techniques helped them to unravel their own sound, as well as conceptions of the classic qualities laid down by their forebears, ultimately uniting them with a purposely accentuated groove and unfathomably tight vocal harmonies – all threaded together by Reid’s own soulful melancholy.
Treetop Flyers are a fluid band, affected by, and absorbing everything, for better or worse. Drummer & vocalist Tomer Danan says; “It was important for us to free ourselves from some of the ideas we had about ourselves and maybe a bit of what people seemed to think about us from an outside perspective, which was largely based on one song, letting in more of our influences from 70’s Nigerian psych rock/pop to jazz and a whole lot in between. How that all gets filtered through us as individuals and as a group is what you are hearing, and that’s still changing all the time.”