AND ALSO THE TREES belong among the most unusual and interesting bands. Far away from the body-hugging pop dance hysteria of our time, they evoke a trance of contemplation; music for the soul, poetry for the ear, like a trip to different musical spheres.
Already in September last year they filled the Hamburg club KNUST with an audience of devotion and enthusiasm. Their show this year met the first really warm summer day in Hamburg. No wonder that most people preferred to take a cold beer at the river Elbe - only the true fans were here this time.
The support act - invited by the Trees - was the same like in the year before, the North German band The Noonday Dreams, whose repertoire of Anglo-oriented, romantic and sentimental songs without pathos but with a certain understatement again made a convenient fitting job. The band focused on their just released EP "A Passage in Time" with new interpretations of songs from earlier days. Atmospherically dense melodies with some kind of gloom for people who actually feel more comfortable in autumn than in summer.
So they created an appropriate mood, in which And Also The Trees just needed to enter. Although this band from Worcestershire already was founded for over 30 years, they are still considered a hot tip - too individually is the diving into a timeless space structure of floating tones; the rhythm too subtle for an abuse as an accompanying animation for drive-based body convulsions.
In addition, Simon Huw Jones intensive style, to celebrate his poetry half-spoken, half sung, always theatrical conjuring, calls for concentration. Even his clothing gives nostalgic main points; his gesture underscores in an exalted emotional way the character of his lyrics.
It is required to listen. The music plays with nuance and moments of silence. They rarely interrupt these tunes by louder "rock" sounds - these are like waves or like violent winds that break the spell of meditative narration. And the sound has become a bit darker, more wistful and melancholic. And Also The Trees have a new album released in March this year, "Hunter Not The Hunted" that put its nature over this concert.
The audience, however, was rather beyond the thirties and forties; companions through the chronology of the band's history and ready to cherish a tranquility which offers for teens too little entertainment and movement. Probably a matter of age to find the silence between the tones exciting with those sounds dripping of the resulting tension like a distillate.
Even if the amount of loyal fans and therefore a commercial satisfaction were manageable, at the end remained the impression of a great concert. Hopefully at the next performance a Hanseatic cold rain will blow more people into the hall, ready to embark on an acoustic-magical journey into a wonderland and to leave the hustle and urban aggression outside for a while.