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Album Review

Between the Trees kick off their debut The Story and the Song album with the anthemic come-on "The Forward" which invites their fans-to-be to join them in a singalong of a song the band wrote for and about them. Who could resist such a compliment-cum-request, especially when it's wrapped in a perfect alt pop package? Amazingly though, it's not that track, but the second, "White Lines & Red Lights," that was slated for singledom. Well, one can see the logic, the driving "Lines" more accurately showcases the group's emo core across a number bursting with feeling, lovely keyboard work, strong guitar, and a rumbling rhythm. In which case, the Southern-fried "You Cry a Tear to Start a River" illustrates their occasional foray into eclecticism. But mostly the Trees root themselves in what they do best, slugging out emo with a pop tinge on numbers powered by the flashy rhythm section of bassist Jeremy Butler and drummer Josh Butler, while guitarist Ryan Kirkland and keyboardist Wes Anderson vie for attention on top. Anderson's the classier of the two, adding grandiose, swooping atmospheres and an elegant tone to the sound, Butler's the more versatile, flipping from the jagged chords of post-punk into the power riffs of rock, sliding into the emotive leads of the modern age and back to the chiming, harmony laced riffs of new wave, often in the breadth of a single song. Intricate without drawing attention to that fact, the music fills the grooves, but Kirkland's strong vocals easily surmount the power of the music, giving bite to the band's romance strewn, introspective, relationship-strewn lyrics. A strong debut from a band whose story and songs are just beginning.

Customer Reviews

AWeSomE band!! best american alternative band i have heard in yrs

THis is da band. i am predicting to be on da top charts soon. All the songs in this album just keep me wanting more. lurv the tune, lyrics just right and to add to this. they sound bit like the all american rejcts. tho better! haha. keep rocking guys. you guys rock! Songs in particular like white lines and red lighs or The gretest of these and WORDS.. so catchy!

Best Band Ever.

This cd is absolutely amazing. All the songs and lyrics are so powerfull and I cant get enough of the songs especially "A Time for Yohe". 10 stars if i could rate that high.

WoW :D

I hope this band does more albums theres only one!
Its really great I love how the lead singer sings really high notes as well (:

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Orlando, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Formed in early 2005 while most members were still in high school, Orlando, FL, emo rock quintet Between the Trees had its start with vocalist/guitarist Ryan Kirkland and brothers Josh and Jeremy Butler on drums and bass respectively. Although inexperienced, they played as a trio for a while and in spring 2005 added keyboardist Wes Anderson. The band recruited a second guitarist, Brad Kriebel, who had been playing in hardcore bands. In September 2006 their...
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