South Carolina band, TreeHouse! push the limits of reggae music far beyond the conventional boundaries set by mainstream sources. They are an extremely active band, performing 150+ shows a year all over the Southeast region at festivals, conferences, city events, and venues like House of Blues and Music Farm with acts including The Wailers, Steel Pulse, SOJA, Pepper, Badfish, Passafire, The Movement, Ballyhoo!, and more.
The band’s new album “Growth” is through and through the epitome of their sound. The bass is infectious, the beats are fun, and the style varies from song to song to keep you on your feet. The album has a wonderful mix of reggae, alternative rock, pop, and some touches of beach and jam sounds.
It is very rare that you can enjoy a 4/5 star song on every track of an album. “Growth” does just that! The album has 10 songs, and every single song is great, I am not kidding. But for someone not familiar with the sound, which is a superb genre twist, reggae with alternative sounds that brings you warm vibrant beats under some great vocals. An album that is perfect for the beach, surfing, and skating. If you’re too old to do any of that, sit in your lazy chair, have a few drinks and just chill out to the groovy tunes.
Treehouse! stand tall, shine, and lay down some great hooks and choruses on this album. I dare you to resist singing along with them. By the time Treehouse! reach the third track, “Ziggy”, you’ll be swinging and swaying all over the park, yelling at the top of your voice. But take note, this album is incredibly and deceptively sophisticated. The notes, the melodies, the transitions, the accents, the bass-lines, the song structures and most importantly the incredibly meticulous attention to detail cleverly hidden under their reggae-alternative rock guise, make their sound hypnotic.
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Treehouse! is a remarkably talented group. They’re a tight-ass three piece unit, where Jeremy Anderson -Vocals, Guitar, Matt Link -Bass and Trey Moody -Percussion become even more cohesive and absolutely irresistible when joined by their friends on the odd occasion, to expand their sound. A sensitive ear will not miss the burning hot energy buried inside the grooves that they deliver on “Growth”.
Though predominantly roots reggae infused, Treehouse! takes every kind of music you have ever liked and combine it into their amazingly unique reggae sound that no other young band comes close to duplicating. “Growth” is infested with standout tracks just begging to get your groove on: “Ziggy”, “Blessings”, “Healing Rock”, “Darlin’” and “Vision Of A Lion” representing a few of these rhythm-busting tracks.
This album simply unfolds as one of the best ever among modern bands carrying the reggae torch. Top to bottom, there isn’t a glaring weakness here, and it is chock n’ block full of great heartwarming music. If you have even a remote interest in reggae, ska, or alternative rock, you’ll love this.
Most of my Cd collection of classic Ska and Reggae are from the ’60s,’70s and 80’s, but I honestly believe that “Growth” fits perfectly in amongst them, inclusive of any time period or sub-genre. This album is as good as any.
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This really is a great band and their new album is gnarly. I played it for a week straight in my car when I got it. I’ve watched them perform twice now at Hook’d in Panama City Beach and even got to hang out with them afterwards. They’re a chill group of guys with interesting conversation. I would recommend anybody to give them a listen.