Sheffield/Newcastle-based alt-rock troupe, Ten Eighty Trees, is set to hit the world right in the mouth with their latest single, ‘Stop Asking’. The song is released on Friday 8th June and will coincide with a launch show that will take place at Tynemouth’s Surfcafe on the very same day. I was lucky enough to have the chance to listen to the upcoming song a few weeks before its release and I must say – it’s quite impressive.
This listen is my first journey into their world and I’m pretty glad that I made the visit. The soundscape of the track is varied and rich. Despite the band being labelled as alt-rock, I could hear musical motifs and influences that ranged far beyond that; there were moments when I felt I was listening to a new romantic song, there were times when I thought I was listening to nu-metal or pop punk, and it felt like a cocktail of different disciplines that made for a very engaging listen indeed – it’s obvious that the band has varied influences and many of them come to show on this latest single.
The track has a fantastic rhythm and is very much a song you just want to get up and dance to. The guitar syncopation gets a bit repetitive after a while, however, but within the larger framework of the music, it does work for the most part.
To find out more about ‘Stop Asking’ by Ten Eighty Trees, head to Facebook.com/teneightytrees.