We are more than excited to premiere ‘Waiting On The Sun (:DFACE Remix)‘ from LA based indie pop band Tree Machines; first single from their upcoming debut album within 2017 ‘Up For Air‘. Judging from this first taster this should be an outstanding debut and a more than decent follow-up to their 2015 EP.
“When I first heard this track, I was immediately ultra-excited to get to work on switching it up,” says producer :DFACE, discussing his remix of “Waiting On The Sun,” the new single from Los Angeles-based band, Tree Machines. “The song has such a true feeling of emotion, that I knew I would have to bring it into the electronic realm. It’s one of my favorite remixes I’ve done in a while.”
Tree Machines built a safe room in Los Angeles. Not for security of the conventional kind, but for a place to unleash, and make the kind of music that is at once vulnerable and strong, without fear of consequence. Anthems for times that don’t make sense, but carve a path forward. Call it a studio, if you have to. But you don’t have to.
Here, Douglas Wooldridge (vocalist, lyricist), bandmate Patrick Aubry, and producer Mike Giffin (all three contribute to the various instrumentation and music) have been creating “Up For Air,” the debut Tree Machines full-length album.
The upcoming album follows-up 2015’s debut Tree Machines EP, which contained the single “Fucking Off Today,” an impossible-to-ignore opening salvo that expressed Midwestern malaise (which these former Lawrence, Kansans know all too well) in a new way. That title, yo! Three more Tree Machines singles appeared during the summer of that year.
“Los Angeles is a lonely city.”
Wooldridge knows. Longtime L.A. residents are saturated by this loneliness, except Wooldridge isn’t one of them. Leaving behind a much larger, safer room in Lawrence in 2015 taught him this with a quickness. Moving into a house in the tiny L.A. neighborhood called Canoga Park, the guys turned one of the garages into a tracking room, and filled it up with gear.
“We went down the rabbit hole building a studio out here,” says Giffin. “Researching the right gear for us and the space. We thought it would be quick, but it quickly became eight months.”
Regardless, the band was determined to create a room where they could make music that moved, was moving, and was so much bigger than the space in which it was created. Once recording finally commenced, Wooldridge spent hours upon hours in the vocal booth, sweating bullets under Valley temps that clocked in at 103, with another 10 on top of it because, like they say, vocal booths always add 10 degrees.
“It was fucking worth it.”
Wooldridge’s sweat is on these songs. You’ll feel it, too. The album’s first single, “Waiting On The Sun” is the example that secludes you in this intimate room, but also shows you the window at the same time. And it’s important to take a look. While there are millions of people filling homes and apartments in Los Angeles, with miles and miles of strip malls and all types of folks that would rather you hadn’t waltzed into their lives — there’s something more outside that small window, even if it takes time to find.
“Waiting On The Sun” is only the beginning of a slew of confessional songs that don’t mistake emotion for weakness. Full of muscle, intent, and urgency, there’s also the grace from acknowledging uncertainty, fear, and confusion.
“I think people are going to be surprised that guys from Kansas can write music with a strong social conscience and unique ideas,” Aubry concludes. “Plus, it sounds pretty fucking good, too.”
“Up For Air,” the debut album by Los Angeles-based band Tree Machines, arrives in 2017, preceded by the singles “Waiting On The Sun,” “Weights and Stones,” and “Don’t Give Up.”
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