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An alt country-rock band that seemingly prefers the garage to the saloon, the Dead Trees mix gritty guitars with vintage pop/rock hooks and the occasional stab of heartland rock & roll. King of Rosa sounds its best when those elements are combined in equal amounts, a careful balance that produces several standout tracks on this debut. "Shelter," arguably the best song here, begins like an Old 97s tune, flaunting a breezy midtempo verse before careening into a cathartic, hot-and-bothered chorus. "I think I need a little shelter!" declares frontman Michael Ian Cummings in a throaty wail, sounding far more indebted to British rock icons than any American equivalent. The rest of the disc features more stateside influences — namely Wilco and Pavement, with a smattering of the Band — and King of Rosa ultimately emerges as a fitting tribute to the band's musical heroes. "Loretta" grooves with all the shuffling swagger of a late-'60s rock nugget, "Killer in Me" finds room to spotlight Cummings' Sonic Youth fascination, and "My Friend, Joan, She Never Asks" mirrors the power pop amble of Teenage Fanclub's catalog. King of Rosa is a sturdy debut that reveals itself with repeated listens, simultaneously introducing the Dead Trees as a band on the rise.

Customer Reviews

great album!

This is good music! Worth every penny.

Very solid debut

The Dead Trees do not disappoint with their debut - King of Rosa. Very refreshing in every sense of the word. I feel transported back to the late 90's when old modest mouse, built to spill, and other grunge heros of mine were in heavy rotation. Also, a rootsy feel to the album in some sense. Great beer drinkin music.


this is one of the best albums ive bought in recent times......even though the dead trees are not very well known quite yet, they still put on one hell of a show. I saw them with little joy a while back....who by the way is also an awesome will not be disappointed by this album at it now!


Formed: Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Originally hailing from Boston, MA, the Dead Trees combine alt-country strains with a back-to-basics approach to rock & roll. The band formed in December 2006, when longtime friends Matthew Borg (guitar), Noah Rubin (drums), Tad Dahlhoff (bass), and Michael Ian Cummings (vocals/guitar) convened to record several songs that Cummings had written. After spending two weeks in a Massachusetts basement, they emerged with the Fort Music EP. Proud of the resulting disc, the musicians banded together as the...
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