Last month we put together a series of features on the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Longlist with interviews and tracks from some of our favourites on the list. From the Longlist a ‘shortlist’ was chosen of 10 acts, all of whom played at a special night in front of Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis, with the ones considered best given a slot to perform at the legendary festival. The winners Treetop Flyers are playing tomorrow night (1st of May) in London as part of the Camden Crawl music weekend. It looks like it is going to be a ‘I swear I was there gig’.
We caught up with the band for a quick chat…
How long has the band been together?
We’ve been together just over two years.
You played the Camden Crawl in 2010 did you enjoy it?
Yeah, we played at Barfly, it was an eclectic bill you could say, but the sound was great and the crowd were amazing. People who were not our friends were singing along to our songs, haha. That might have been the first time we noticed that.
Does it feel like all the hard work is beginning to pay off yet?
That’s a tough one to answer because the hard work continues. It’s great to see things happening, but we have so much more to keep working on and pushing for that we can’t get too caught up in how well things appear to be going for fear of dropping the ball.
How many tracks have you written together?
We’ve got a lot of half-songs, riffs and grooves lying around, but we made a list a while back of songs that could be completed if we had the time, and it came to around 30. If we get some funding behind us, we’ll have those done in a month’s time and move on to the next 30.
When do you plan to release an album?
We’d love to release an album by the end of the summer or in the autumn months. We’ll just have to see how things go.
What song of yours should people listen to first?
Right now, we’d say Things Will Change. It’s a summer song.
Your Best gig so far ?
Manchester or Glasgow on the Caitlin Rose tour were both pretty great. Best crowds we’ve had.
What band would you like to go on tour with?
We’d love to tour with a load of bands. My Morning Jacket spring to mind.
Are you looking forward to playing at Glastonbury?
Hell yes. If we don’t make it out alive, please notify our families.
What have got planned for the rest of 2011?
You can never plan for anything as a musician. You have to just go with where life takes you. We hope to get a record out, get some great tours lined up and start working on getting ourselves heard in the U.S. as well.
There are tons of brilliant bands, new and old playing at the Camden Crawl, too many to mention but they do include The Lemonheads, Graham Coxon, Killing Joke and Frankie and the Heartstrings. For more info visit www.thecamdencrawl.com