Latest single “Fade On,” music video “Weights and Stones” (starring Sonic!) from band’s two-year labor of love, streaming now.
Tree Machines (L-R): Douglas Wooldridge, Patrick Aubry. Photo by Kasia Nawrocka.
Tree Machines – In The Press
“Anthemic.” (The Wild) | “Gleaming placidity.” (BlackBook) | “Some LA soul that indie pop needs.” (Popdust) | “Viciously human.” (Atwood) | “Emotionally staggering.” (Diffuser) | “Best new rock song of the year.” (BULLETT) | “Beautifully brutal.” (Innocent Words) | “I’ve been unable to stop listening.” (Gold Flake Paint) | “Hope and illumination.” (The Vinyl District) | “Heart-quickening sentimentality.” (MAGNET) | “Best thing I’ve heard all week.” (Daytrotter)
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“Theirs is a big, urgent, liberating sound, outsized indie-rock with pop choruses and churning electronics, a soundtrack to being unleashed from their former lives.” – Buzzbands.la with the premiere of “Fade On” by Tree Machines. Listen here or at the links below!
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“The video showcases a beautiful dance piece while the song tackles the idea of breaking free from anything holding you back.” – Substream with the premiere of the “Weights and Stones” music video by Tree Machines. See it here or watch and listen at the links below!
“To me, this track is a sister song to our very first single ‘Fucking Off Today,’” says Doug Wooldridge of Tree Machines referring to the track that launched the band in 2015 with a blunt declaration of what it’s like to be caught in a uniquely Midwestern malaise. “‘Fade On’ is another visceral look into the party culture – too much booze and too many drugs.”
Wooldridge continues, “What draws these people to congregate in rundown warehouses and fields across the world with minds blown and bodies stuck in seemingly perpetual motion? It’s the music, the vibes, the feeling of being surrounded by strangers that are just like you; faded and confused.”
Wooldridge had “Fade On” half-written when he left on a trip to Ireland, and had the unfinished version with him as he hopped the flight back home.
“I’d just settled into my seat with a drink in hand and a pencil tucked behind my ear when I look up to see Thom Yorke walking past me,” he remembers. “I worked up enough courage to go shake his hand and tell him he’s an idol of mine, and then I went back to my seat, downed my drink, ordered a second, and finished ‘Fade On’ by the time we were over the Atlantic.”
The band’s latest music video is for the song “Weights and Stones.”
Woodridge says, “First and foremost, I gotta say that our dancer, Sonic, absolutely killed it. I really wanted her to come off as fierce, like take no shit from nobody fierce, and she nailed it.”
He continues, “The basic story of ‘Weights and Stones’ is about empowering anyone to break free and brush off the weights that keep us locked in place, whether that’s a bad relationship, or a job you hate, or even a city you can’t stand to live in anymore. I got the inspiration for this video from Flume & Chet Faker’s video for ‘Drop The Game.’ Something about having movement and expression out in the wild really stuck with me and I had to give it a shot.”
Relocated from Lawrence, Kansas, Tree Machines built a safe room in Los Angeles. Not for security of the conventional kind, but for a place to unleash, and make the kind of music that is at once vulnerable and strong, without fear of consequence. Anthems for times that don’t make sense, but carve a path forward. Call it a studio, if you have to. But you don’t have to.
Here, Douglas Wooldridge (vocalist, lyricist), bandmate Patrick Aubry, and producer Mike Giffin (all three contribute to the various instrumentation and music) have been creating Up For Air, the debut Tree Machines full-length album, scheduled for release on the band’s Man In The Machine label on Sept. 22nd, 2017.
The upcoming album follows-up 2015’s debut Tree Machines EP, which contained the single “Fucking Off Today,” a difficult-to-ignore opening salvo that expressed Midwestern malaise (which these former Kansans know all too well) in a new way. Three more Tree Machines singles appeared during the summer of that year.
Up For Air, the debut album by Tree Machines, is scheduled for release on September 22nd, 2017. Members of Tree Machines are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
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