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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

Must Buy

Never heard of them before, but thought I would take a sample listen. Saw the great reviews, and they don't dissapoint. If this is their debut album, they have done a fine job of showing maturity. I believe they will become a huge success. If they don't, there is something wrong with the music industry today. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can't stop listening to the album on my ipod. This album, unlike so many others today, shows great diversity. Have fun listening to this album.


This album has all the makings of a hit record. Powerful lyrics, catchy melodies, and super solid production (care of Pete Thornton) make this an excellent debut of a band you will hear about very soon if you haven't already. The album's theme is that every song has a story behind it. Music with meaning is rare in a time when it is acceptable to crank out catchy tunes without any regard to content. Their sound is something fresh and new and at the same time familiar, with influences such as Copeland, Coldplay, Mae, and Death Cab For Cutie. These guys are great to watch live as well. I just saw them for their CD release party at Hard Rock Live and they were superb. If you don't buy this album you are missing out! I expect great things from this band as this is only their first album and they will only continue to grow as musicians.

Music that makes you Smile

The Story and the Song is one of the most affecting albums i've heard in a while. The lyrics are meaningful, well thought out words of hope that create a vivid picture in the listeners mind. Between the Trees creates an atmosphere that just makes you feel good, and all you want to do is smile. 'You Cry a Tear to Start a River' is one of the best songs that i've heard in quite a while. I'm pretty sure your going to really enjoy this piece of me.


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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