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– Phil Hayes & The Trees have only been together for two years, but are already back with a second album - «Blame Everyone» their follow-up to 2015‘s...Read Biography
Phil Hayes & The Trees have only been together for two years, but are already back with a second album - «Blame Everyone» their follow-up to 2015‘s much talked about debut «Hooligan Postcards». «Blame Everyone» is a typical Trees record; fresh and spontaneous but this time with a certain roughness. Their skin is thinner, the feeling is closer to the surface..
«Blame Everyone» captures perfectly the ingredients of the Phil Hayes & The Trees sound; the misleadingly simple sounding songs arranged and recorded mostly live as a trio, leaning heavily on the rhythm section of Sarah Palin (JJ & Palin, Palin & Panzer) on drums and Martin Prader (Prader & knecht, Howlong Wolf) on bass. But it‘s in the moments when Sarah and Martin‘s voices combine with Phil‘s that it becomes apparent just what makes the Trees sound so special, so refreshingly different.
Recorded in just four days by David Langhard in DALA studios, «Blame Everyone» contains ten new songs recorded with a live intensity that makes you feel almost that the songs are being written in that moment, that you are in the room watching it happen.
Its all in the mix - Jonathan Richman, Life Without Buildings, Talking Heads, Wire - all mixed up with some classic songwriting and all put through the post-pop, post-punk blender with some really beautiful harmonies. It‘s soft and close, hard and cold.
„That‘s right.. tell me about It... too many times, too many chances..“ sing Sarah and Martin on opening track In Your Hands while Phil trys to work out if he‘s coming or going, if he really is „alright?“.
Things move faster and somehow directer on songs like Right Now!, Train Too Fast or Went Away.
The Trees hit the their groove on Money Don‘t Lie where their sense of live interplay and use of voices come into full effect.
Heavy Load is a kind of distracted soul song where Phil tries to concentrate on what he wanted to say but is constantly distracted by what he sees around him „electric lights and rain and cars and dogs…“ as the band drives on looking for the memory of an old Van Morrison track.
You Got It Right! with its infectuous Beatles style bass line is a perfect Sunday morning song to open up the curtains to and greet a new day. While closing track Days is a slow-burner steeped in tension and underplaying, building slowly and just managing not to fall apart when the tension builds.
Phil Hayes & The Trees will be touring, playing dates through December, January and February to promote the album.