The Cherry Tree Parade

The Cherry Tree Parade

 Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
BandPopEDM

"With strong indie-pop hooks fluidly deep transitions, and duct tape strength stick-in-your-head lyrics...The acclaim is flowing full force from their newly acquired home town of Kansas City were they have been heralded as the ‘new local band to see‘." - www.music-addiction.com

Biography

Imagination.

A lot of us are taught at a very early age the importance of not only having one but using it frequently. As children we are met with glorified sock puppets on public television, glossy picture books, gaudy animated films, and bespectacled, well-intentioned preschool teachers. Couple it with a junk food diet in the age of information and it's no surprise that 2009 is rife with prepubescent 4th-generation mall punk dipped in a candy coat of harsh neon fragments. Zombies, pirates and ninjas have become worthy talking points. Detachment, irony and denial are, collectively, the new black. Everyone's got a wink and a smirk but no one's got a single secret to tell.

Jon and Matthew Collins, blood brothers and original members of Kansas City, MO, band, The Cherry Tree Parade, have managed to tap into something much less scatter-shot without sacrificing the potential for a broad appeal even among the most casual and distracted of listeners. Their 2009 self-titled 5-song EP contains the running narrative of a man consumed by the trauma of love, sex and death doing his best to buoy his obsessions against his dark reality. Musically, it sways and shimmers elegantly; multiple vocal harmonies and dual melodies coo and burst over a bed of melodic pop that's as informed by indie heavyweights The Shins and The Postal Service as it is by film composers Jon Brion and Ennio Morricone. Guitars go from sprightly to sinister, keyboards churn and bubble along, and nearly every track ends with a refrain that you'll have difficulty getting out of your head.

The subject matter itself is born out of the brothers' mutual appreciation for and interest in writing poems, short stories and screenplays. Says Matthew, “I love experiencing poetry. Reading, listening to spoken word, and writing are equally enjoyable. I have found that I am much more successful with poetry than I have ever been with writing a short story or novel. In general, we are both nerdy little kids who wish they could write books and short stories, but instead have to revert to songs because we don’t have the attention span and follow through to complete a book.”

Their ability to tackle such heady themes as young twenty-somethings may be due in part to their close upbringing in a military family. Although they've lived in Germany, Korea, Hawaii, and all over the United States, “I don't feel like it has influenced me too terribly,” concludes Matthew. “I was not overly social since I was home schooled for every year but my junior year in high school. Playing music and shows very literally salvaged what little bit of social skills I could find.”

Matthew and Jon also lived in Seattle prior to moving to Kansas City, forming a currently inactive project called Cadaver Graye that was put on halt when the brothers opted to move to the Midwest to be closer to their parents who had retired in Leavenworth, KS in 2002.

Though the Collins brothers have only been in Kansas City since August 2007 they've managed to earn their way onto bills with national acts like Tapes 'n Tapes and Wild Light and to play alongside Kansas City contemporaries Queens Club, Olympic Size and London Transit. With the addition of drummer/percussionist Alex Reed in late 2008 they've been winning over new fans all over Northeast Kansas with their visceral, impassioned delivery. “Having Alex in the band significantly changed the band's dynamic. For once we are all passionate, realistic dreamers who would rather write and play music as a priority while we still have the chance,” Matthew gushes.

While Reed's contributions aren't to be found on their most recent release, “We just added a couple new songs to the set that have, I'd say, a taste of what is to come,” says Reed. “I think I can speak for everyone when I say that I'm pretty happy with the writing we have been able to do thus far and really excited about writing and recording the rest of the upcoming album. The response has been great so far, especially when considering we have only played together for about 4 months.”

All members currently find themselves preoccupied with all the trappings of adult life; both Matthew and Jon work at the VA in Leavenworth, KS, Reed works in sales in Kansas City, MO. That they still manage to squeeze in a game of Monopoly or a trip to the bowling alley from time to time is a testament to the respect these young musicians have for one another.

In response to The Cherry Tree Parade's quick success in Kansas City, Reed mentions, “When I first joined, I think we were very aware of the potential that Cherry Tree's sound had in KC. I was always encouraged by the fact that while the music is accessible to most audiences, as a musician, I still had a great appreciation for what Jon and Matthew were doing both musically and lyrically. This seems to be a tough combination to find nowadays. I think that coming into the project with that faith and confidence in the music helped re-ignite Matthew

Lyrics

Perfectly Polyphonic

Written By: The Cherry Tree Parade

I’m a quintessential man by design
Perfectly apathetic
Always managing to remain
Out of sight and out of mind

I guess I never mentioned
The depth of my intentions
As I capture your soul
With my fingertips
And you need not to worry
These still will not be blurry
As they are resting their backs
On my wall

We’d all get lost
In the completely amorous
Shades of embarrassment
With luck
The light through my aperture
Will truly capture
The unerring fragrance of you

Oh my love
This is not a phase
I am infinitely
Lost in you

I will never mention
A word of my obsession
And my name will never dangle
From your lips
But if god had any pity
He would have surely let me
Have much more
Than this unequivocal sip

We’d all get lost
In the completely amorous
Shades of embarrassment
With luck
The light through my aperture
Will truly capture
The unerring fragrance of you

My love can you see
How our roads are intertwined
(I can’t see it. I can’t see how are roads are intertwined)
[Oh, my love, this is not a phase]

Pity Party for Penny

Written By: The Cherry Tree Parade

I picked a plot among the fireflies
So your light would never fade
But you’ve been gone so very long
That roots grow in place of bangs

Your hands outstretched
Grabbing pieces of the sky
To hold in your leafy arms
Beneath your apple eyes
And it’s a shame you burned out so bright

We buried Penny on the 4th of July
All of our blue expressions
Invisible that night
I planted apple seeds up and down your spine
And her ripening eyes surreptitiously spying...on me

And when I’m gone you can dance on my grave
And host your very own parade
Next her plot
Where I hang like a leaf
Yes, we all
Are just waiting to die

We buried Penny on the 4th of July
All of our blue expressions
Invisible that night
I planted apple seeds up and down your spine
And her ripening eyes surreptitiously spying...on me

June Bugs in July

Written By: The Cherry Tree Parade

Seraphic baby boys we were
Our shoulders rested
Above the horizon
Our egnigmatic silhouettes
Eclipsing the sky
And it will take more than this wall
But it will take less than that after all
My god I do believe I’ve seen the light

Child, you were my modern day Jesus
With a gaping hole in your head
I tried to stop the bleeding, failed
But at least I made it quick
You were my modern day Jesus
With a gaping hole in your head
And I would have stopped the bleeding
If the view weren’t magnificent

A terrible little boy I was
I broke your father’s heart
Because when your mother saw you lying there
That’s when she fell apart
She raced to the gates of heaven
To meet her little boy

Child, you were my modern day Jesus
With a gaping hole in your head
I tried to stop the bleeding, failed
But at least I made it quick
You were my modern day Jesus
With a gaping hole in your head
And I would have stopped the bleeding
If the view weren’t magnificent

Locked away in a discretely packed suitcase
Was the last page of your novel

Reflect?

Written By: The Cherry Tree Parade

When you looked me in the eyes
And you said that I was beautiful
Was it the reflection of yourself
That you caught
Because I am every thing but that
I am everything, but what you need
I am far from perfect

So where are we
Are we still talking
Or are we clinging to the rails
Of a sink ship
Dear, lets face it
I can’t make it without you by my side

Wake up
“I should have asked for one more kiss”
Madam regret says

We are the patriots of our plight
The antithesis of a romance
But still I cling to the hope
Of a future home with you
But I’ll just wait until the day
When the light bulb above your head lights
And the epiphany becomes so clear
I loved you

Dear, lets face it
I can’t make it without you by my side

But by this time tomorrow
I will be a footnote
Inside of the story
Of your life

Wake up
“I should have asked for one more kiss”
Madam regret says

Get Down and Other Metaphors

Written By: The Cherry Tree Parade

It’s hard to get down
With pictures of Christ on your wall
But I’m trying to

Did you ever mention
When your folks were coming home

I’ve been watering my intentions
While they’re growing in my head
While I fight for your attention
Or at least a worthy glance
And I’ve been fumbling with my hands
To hear you make that confirming sound

It’s hard to get down
With pictures of Christ on your wall
But I’m trying to

It’s a sad story without a fairytale end
It’s a bad memory of the night when I became a man
And you became a mother

Why does he look at us that way
He’s just a name on a page and a face in a frame
(I’m so glad we didn’t let this night go to waste
Now we’re laying on the sofa undressed and out of place)

It’s hard to get down
With pictures of Christ on your wall
But I’m trying to

Why does he look at us that way
He’s just a name on a page and a face in a frame

Discography

The Cherry Tree Parade - Self-Titled (2009)

Set List

Can fill up to 60min - 75 min slot; however our typical set is 30 - 45 minutes.

*Set list provided to sound engineer before gig along with any special requirements.