TreeHead are a fast-paced rock group who have just released their first demos, also titled TreeHead, sounding akin to both ‘Muse’ and an English ‘Killers’. The 3 tracks each feature well crafted lyrics and a pounding guitar riff.
The band formed in 2010 and comprises 5 clearly competent performers who play with much enthusiasm. The members each have personal musical experience on a small scale, and together have played venues such as Strawberry Fair and The Junction. Their sound draws noticeable influence from a number of players, including modern dance music such as ‘Pendulum’, as well as epic alternative-rock sets. It’s a sound which can be very close to other bands such as ‘Flashguns’ or ‘Giraffes? Giraffes!’.
First track ‘Mile High’ starts ominously and then breaks into a ferocious guitar riff, and climaxes with the singers’ declaration of love. An ode to uncertain relationships, there is visible anguish not only in the screeching chorus but throughout. This song signals the demo’s intent: a dance-able rock mashup.
‘Love and Trust’ carries on in a similar vein, with the lyrics this time more expressive. The chorus is less catchy, but is still delivered with force. A semi-guitar solo demonstrates the band’s versatility.
The anthemic ‘The Chase’ is undoubtedly the highpoint of the lot. Reminiscent of very early ‘Bloc Party’, it has an eminently singable chorus and is sure to get feet tapping and heads bobbing. A build-up throughout the song helps create anticipation for the end, which does not disappoint.
The only downside of these demos is that they do tick many of the boxes of generic indie rock, I think once they break out that mould, this band will be phenomenal. In the meantime though, this should be well-received by all those people who enjoy a good indie banger. Overall, this is a good first attempt for this energetic 5-piece.
Words by: JEVLangley