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Following the success of their highly acclaimed thirteenth studio album 'Born into the waves', influential cult British band 'And also the trees' will be touring throughout Europe this autumn.
Their reputation for live performances that are both intense and mesmerizing was formed in their formative years when they toured with The Cure and has grown throughout their 35 year history which has taken them around the world. Indeed the importance of the stage and travel is evident in their most recent work 'Born into the waves' where their trips to previously unvisited countries Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania and Japan were used as a source of inspiration while the album evolved from four pieces composed by guitarist Justin Jones on the theme of love songs from around the world.
This new spirit of optimism and liberation is encompassed in the lyrics of vocalist Simon Huw Jones - "There are no traditional love songs here but love, as an emotion and a force is at the core of the album and threads through the songs - light and dark, energizing and destructive. The sense of travel and place was important as it gave perspective and helped us explore loves more diverse nature, especially that as an opposing power to hate".
'And also the trees' continue to evolve and break new creative ground. In 2015, Justin worked with Marc Almond playing guitar on a track from his album 'The dancing Marquis', drummer Paul Hill recently performed with the internationally known German multi-media artist John Bock at Frieze Art Fair in London and Simon collaborated with French composer Olivier Mellano, providing lead vocals on the '13 guitars' version of his 'Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne' commissioned epic. Simon is also nearing completion of the second 'November' album with Bernard Trontin of The Young Gods. 'Born into the waves' also features guest vocalist Adam Sherry from 'A Dead Forest Index', direct from their 'Savages' and Chelsea Wolfe support slots.
And also the trees' connection with The Cure was also recently revived when Robert Smith, a long time admirer, invited them as special guests for their three shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Musically however, to the uninitiated, they are more often likened to Nick Cave, Tindersticks and Scott Walker.