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And Also The Trees

Established in 1979 in a small village in Worcestershire & inspired by the ideology of a still-developing post-punk movement, AATT from their very beginnings were different. Unlike more urban contemporaries like PIL & Gang Of Four, AATT were influenced almost exclusively by the landscape & history of the rural environment that surrounded them, an influence that has remained throughout their entire existence to this day.

Their first, self-titled album, released in 1983 reflected those early, tentative post-punk roots, but it was with 1986's seminal Virus Meadow - an album of ...read more

Established in 1979 in a small village in Worcestershire & inspired by the ideology of a still-developing post-punk movement, AATT from their very beginnings were different. Unlike more urban contemporaries like PIL & Gang Of Four, AATT were influenced almost exclusively by the landscape & history of the rural environment that surrounded them, an influence that has remained throughout their entire existence to this day.

Their first, self-titled album, released in 1983 reflected those early, tentative post-punk roots, but it was with 1986's seminal Virus Meadow - an album of rich, pagan melancholy & disturbing laments - & the resulting European tours, that AATT truly found their own identity & seemingly an audience that were enraptured by the dramatic, understood the poetic nature of their work & The dense, chiming guitars & relentless rhythmic spirals perfectly complementing the rich, nursery rhyme-like lyrics of Simon Huw Jones & the almost pre-Raphaelite artwork.

Subsequent albums The Millpond Years (1987), Farewell To The Shade (1989)& Green Is The Sea (1991) continued in this rich, creative, & influential vein & seemingly elevated AATT to an almost mythical status in parts of Europe where they regularly played to audiences in their thousands & introduced them to transatlantic audiences for the first time via a highly successful US tour.

The release of 1993's The Klaxon, however, saw the beginning of a new chapter in the life of AATT, the esoteric, rural influences replaced by a 50's beat-group feel, still challenging & lyrical but somehow more urbane. The twanging guitars, Morricone trumpets & growling organs punctuating a trilogy of releases (now endearingly referred to as the 'hard boiled' trilogy) including Angelfish (1996) & Silver Soul (1998).

From '98 to 2003 however saw AATT almost wilfully fade from view. No live shows or new releases gave rise to rumours of a split but in truth the band were biding their time, waiting for their muse to return with something akin to a more honest & contemporary styling. Further From The Truth, their 2003 album, is a testimony to the timeless quality of And Also The Trees & their music. « hide

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Hunter not the Hunted
01/01/2012

3.5
1 Votes
Driftwood
2011

When the Rains come
2009

(Listen for) the Rag and Bone Man
2007

4.5
3 Votes
Further from the Truth
2003

Silver Soul
1998

Angelfish
1996

4
1 Votes
The Klaxon
1993

3.9
6 Votes
Green Is The Sea
1992

Farewell to the Shade
1989

4
2 Votes
The Millpond Years
1988

4
3 Votes
Virus Meadow
1986

3.8
10 Votes
And Also the Trees
1984

3.4
9 Votes

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