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Alt. rock trio Ten Eighty Trees may have only been on the North East scene for a year or so but they are certainly no stranger to the music industry. Having all studied jazz at Sage Gateshead, the guys are now ready to emerge into the world of social media and release their music. But don’t expect to find any traces of jazz in their tracks just yet…

It all started two years when frontman and guitarist Nathan was curating a live music event for St Patrick’s Day and his band at the time were forced to drop out. “Knowing that I wanted to play the event in some form, I quickly contacted a number of musicians I thought would be available and organised two rehearsals to run through a selection of new compositions. The performance went so well that we decided to carry on, resulting in the band Ten Eighty Trees.”

Fast forward to 2018 and Ten Eighty Trees are set to release their second single Stop Asking on Friday 8th June as well as holding a launch show at Tynemouth Surf Cafe on the same day. Fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Reuben and Biffy Clyro are in for a treat; the band grew up with these musicians and similarities echo throughout their tracks, but the real inspiration behind the creative process has been from acts including Oh Sees and Ty Segall. “The rate that those two acts release music of an outstanding quality and variety is great motivation when you feel the tank running dry. They make anything seem possible and hark back to an almost forgotten time of great creativity in popular culture.”

I can’t remember a time when artists from the region had so many high-profile opportunities available to them

Following on from Something Feral, released in April, Stop Asking kicks off with a jingly beat before Nathan’s echoed chanting erupts into a punchy chorus that sounds like a heavier We Are Scientists. Carrying on in the same vein as their first single, Stop Asking exhibits Ten Eighty Trees’ “desire for strong melodies, underpinned by thick, guitar heavy arrangements set to danceable beats.”

It’s a really exciting time for the band to be involved in the North East music scene and Nathan agrees that the region’s offering is in better health than it has ever been. “I can’t remember a time when artists from the region had so many high-profile opportunities available to them, allowing them to meet and mingle with artists from outside the region, making invaluable contacts in the process.”

Following the release of their next single, what can else can we expect from the band now that they are firmly putting themselves in the limelight? Alongside Nathan’s personal target to begin and complete a PhD in music sparked from an interest in the written side of music and musicology, the dream of Glastonbury and touring the globe is something that has crossed their minds. “I understand the fiercely competitive nature of the industry we find ourselves in. Therefore, to say that this outlet for creativity would still exist for everyone in five years’ time with the enthusiasm still intact would probably be enough.”

Ten Eighty Trees launch their new single at Tynemouth Surf Café on Friday 8th June.


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