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Q&A: trees

trees music interview

What are you listening to right now?

Current music: Psychedelic sounds by the likes of Thee Oh Sees,Tame Impala and Yeasayer. Older stuff: Early 70s English folk such as Clifford T. Ward and Heron.

How did you get into music?

It’s been there for as long as I remember. My first musical memory is as a boy squashed in the back of a car between my two older brothers on a family holiday in France, listening to INXS and Michael Jackson on my Walkman. Queen’s A Kind of Magic and Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms were also big albums on that holiday. I doubt if any of those acts influence my band trees, although our sound does deliberately jumps all over the place.

Who do you follow religiously on Twitter?

@TheAvalanches because if they finally release new music I guess we will hear about it there first.  

What have you been reading lately?

My friend Tom Wall’s novel The Coward will be my summer read. And the Guardian’s Aditya Chakrabortty’s columns on the economic state we’re in always get me thinking.

Who is the most influential person in your life?

I spend a lot of my days chasing after my young son. He tends to decide what we get up to together.  

Which song do you wish you had written?

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ would have made me a dollar or two. Not a bad tune, either. They’ve got you from the first line: “You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips.”

Does God exist?

I’m counting on it.

We’re at the bar. What are you drinking?

Can we do the pub instead? Yeah? Great. Then mine’s a pint of Black Horse Best Bitter or Camden Pale Ale.

Who would you dread getting stuck in a lift with?

Jose Mourinho. Or CBeebies’ Mr Tumble, although I’m sure he’s a lovely guy.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A newspaper reporter.

What song will you have played at your funeral?

Copenhagen by Scott Walker. Or Once Upon a Time in the West by Ennio Morricone.
What gigs, songs or albums are you promoting at the moment?

We’re playing Guns & Smoke in High Barnet on Thursday July 21 (9pm start, entry free). We will be playing songs from our debut album plus new stuff. They’ve also asked us to play a cover, so we’ll see.

How can we find out more about you?

Visit soundcloud.com/treesband – there you can listen to our music, find links to buy our songs and contact the band.

trees play High Barnet’s Guns & Smoke on Thursday July 21 (9pm start, entry free).

Tony McDonagh
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