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Interview with Song of the Year nominee Treehouses

27 Apr

Treehouses have been nominated  in the Rock Category for WAM Song of the Year 2017-18 for their track ‘Coping’. Today WAM has a quick chat with Tim from Treehouses about their unique genre and the influences behind it, challenges they faced entering the music community and what is coming up in 2018 for them. Also, find out their RTRFM In The Pines set time and who their favourite act is on the lineup.

Tell me about Treehouses, you’re a unique blend of indie folk, emo, post-rock and spoken word poetry, what inspired you and what are the main influences behind your genre and the music you make?
Ethan and I started Treehouses way back in 2012. Originally it started out as a bedroom side project when we were playing in another band. We were listening to a lot of bands like La Dispute, Old Gray, Listener, and also quite a lot of spoken word poetry and I had a whole heap of lyrics and poetry that I’d written but never used for anything because I can’t sing at all.. but then we thought why not just have spoken word and screams instead of singing. Ethan brought a lot of the Post rock vibe into the guitar ideas he was writing at the time. We never had solid plans to play shows or record anything but we got asked to play a house show around January 2013 so we did, and we got a really good response so we decided to record an album. After releasing that album (I’d rather forget) we got the idea to expand the project past just the two of us and started working on a collaboration project with people we knew in the Perth music scene who were doing poetry or playing in bands and experimented with a bunch of different vibes, which eventually became our second release (Extended Family). From that we really liked having sung vocals and harmonies that Fiz and James brought to the project, as well as James’ drumming which, when combined with our changing musical taste lead us in more of a folk direction which I think defines our current sound.

What have you found to be the greatest challenge entering into the music community?
I think the biggest challenge we faced was finding our place on lineups with similar bands. Because we draw from so many genres we never really had access to shows where we fit in perfectly with the vibe of a gig. At first we saw this as a big challenge but over time I think we changed the way we were thinking about it and just decided to own our own style and not worry so much about fitting in with the rest of the music on a particular night. This is when we really started to work on the experience of our live show which I think is a really positive thing.

You’ve made huge headway as a band since you started, and you’re already smashing 2018 with your Song of the Year nomination for ‘Coping’ in the Rock Category and announcement to play RTRFMs In The Pines. What have you got planned for the rest of 2018?
We’ve got some really exciting news to announce soon, can’t say too much about it just yet but it involves some new tunes and booking a plane ticket or two, so follow our socials for more news on that!

What time are you playing In The Pines and who is your favourite act on the lineup?
We’re playing at 12pm so be sure to head down early to catch our set!! For me I would have to say Grievous Bodily Calm are my favourite act playing, I’ve been lucky enough to see them a few times and they always absolutely kill it. They really remind me of Snarky Puppy, who I first discovered when ethan linked me to them and they quickly became one of my favourite bands of all time.

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Catch Treehouses at RTRFM’s In The Pines this Sunday, April 29 at 12.00pm.

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