The history of And Also
The Trees begins in Inkberrow (Worcestershire) in 1979, when two sets of brothers; Simon Jones - Justin Jones; and Nick Havas
- Graham Havas formed the group, influenced by the prevailing post-punk ( Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees,Gang
of four, etc) and the place where they lived. They chose "And Also the trees" as a name for the band,
which was the title of one of their first songs. Some time later, Graham left the band and Steven Burrows took his place
in the bass. In 1981 they answered to an ad placed by The Cure, they were looking for support bands to join them in their
British tour, AATT were picked and therefore The Cure asked them to join them. Years later And Also the trees were signed
by Future Records (later known as Reflex), and they released "Shantell" in 1983, followed by their debut self
titled album "And Also the trees" (produced by Lol Tolhurst). In 1985 they joined The Cure again in a tour. These constant
associations with The Cure slowly did some damage, as people branded the trees as simple plagiarists. " it's a shame that
AATT get likened to the Cure all the time because they're as influenced by us, as we are by them." stated Simon in an interview.
With the release of the second album "Virus meadow"
(1986), the influence of the nature, their village and their environment was much more evident. The lyrics become more poetical,
the essence of the Romanticism perfumes their songs, specially in "The Millpond years" (1987) and "Farewell to the shade"
(1989), with these three albums they achieved ,at last, their own special and unique sound. In 1992, they released "Green
is the sea", which walks in a path very similar to the previous albums, and they went in a tour to U.S.A for the
first time. In 1993 with "The Klaxon", there is a change in their music and influences, they become more urban, Justin's
guitar doesn´t sound like a mandolyn anymore, the 50's guitar sound makes its debut, a kind of surf rock or psycho surf
, and it's clearly reflected in "Angelfish" (1996) and the following album "Silver soul"(1998).
After several years of silence, finally in the year 2003, they release "Further from the truth", a calm elegant album
and obviously a relief and gift for all the fans who thought that rumours about the band splitting were true. Until this moment,
they have already played in different parts of Europe and have been in some festivals. A compilation of their
songs between 1980 and 2005 will be released in the European summer to celebrate their 25 years as a band.
Simon Huw Jones:
He's the singer
and the one who writes all the beautiful lyrics, recited with his "deep, sensual voice". He's also a
and very often uses his photographs for their covers and artwork.
He plays the guitar and he's the responsible for the characteristic "mandolyn
guitar sound" that can move anyone to
tears! or excitement ( depending on your mood). When "Angelfish" was released,
Justin's guitar sound had evolved into a 50's sound,
which turned out quite interesting!
He's the bassist...listen to the magnificent bass line of "Prince
Rupert", among others. To sum up: The perfect
He was in charge of
the drums, during the 80's and 90's. When he left the band in 1998, Paul Hill took his place.
Original Line Up :
Simon huw jones :vocals
Line Up: Simon Huw Jones :vocals
Jones :guitars and keys
Burrows :bass and trumpet
Line Up: Simon Huw Jones :vocals
Guest Musicians :
* Mark Tibenham : additional keyboards in " The millpond Years"
and "Farewell to the shade".
* Will Waghorn: Trumpet
* Dale Hodginson : keyboards
* Emer Brizzolara : Live
guest musician , keyboards
* Ezza Brown: Live
guest musician, bass.