At the beginning of the 80s, Robert Smith asked And Also The Trees, who were then a very young group, to support THE CURE on two of their British tours.
The relationship between them became more than professional (Smith produced one of their first demos and Lol Tolhurst, The Cure drummer at the time, produced their first album), developing into a long-term friendship, combined with a mutual admiration for each other's work.
It was with 1986's seminal Virus Meadow, an album of rich melancholy, that And Also The Trees truly found their own identity. The audiences, especially French ones, were enraptured with the dramatic nature of their work, the dense, chiming guitars and the relentless rhythmic spirals that perfectly complement the poetic lyrics of singer Simon Huw Jones.
In 2006, twenty seven years after the first And Also The Trees concert in a small town in Warwickshire, they recorded one of their best albums, (Listen For) The Rag And Bone Man, and proved themselves to be one of the few surviving 80s post-punk bands to still hold our attention.
And Also The Trees were invited to play the 7ème Ciel rooftop on 22 September 2008. It was their first ever acoustic gig. The concert delighted the group so much that they released an acoustic album of some of their songs, called When the Rains Come, in 2009, and then followed it up with two acoustic European tours.
May 13, 2017
O2 Academy Islington