Treelines

Treelines

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
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Treelines is a rock band from Vancouver BC who have released two critically-acclaimed albums in their first two years. Highlights include CBC Radio 3 featuring "Canadian Airlines" as Song of the Day nation-wide on 01/12/2010, and selecting "Summer Song" as their official Song of Summer for 2010.

Biography

If the Weakerthans had a love child with the Gaslight Anthem, and Joel Plaskett raised that child, you would have something close to Treelines. Their music can be described as an unassuming brand of indie rock, often painting a lyrical picture of anything from the old west, to wintry northern landscapes. There’s a quality about this band that can only seem to be described as sounding nostalgic and ‘unintentionally Canadian‘; something you can’t really pinpoint.

The band was birthed in July 2009, when they released their debut album; a self titled full length that showcased the song writing of singer Matt Lockhart. While it was only their first effort, the album prompted Exclaim! Magazine to quip that “[the record] earns Matt Lockhart and friends an invitation to one day joining the good company of Canada’s most outstanding folk rock musicians.” CBC Radio 3 also joined in, asserting that the band’s song ‘Canadian Airlines’ “says more about [Canada] in three mere minutes than a three-hour Throne Speech could.” With rambling guitars, wilderness imagery you can lose yourself in, and hints of harmonica filling in the scenes it’s tough to describe the record as anything but Canadian, and for the band, anything but honest.

July 2010 saw the band release their follow-up effort Young Man, a sharper, livelier effort than the its more laid-back predecessor. Shiny brass, rock organs, cellos and soaring guitars highlight the upbeat release which the band has described as a more “cohesive” effort. NxEW confidently asserted, “The album is summer listening at its finest,” while CHARTattack reflected that the songs “seem more mature and hint at a Weakerthans vibe.” Lyrically the release continues in the vein of the debut CD, and seems to paint the scenes of Young Man in the faded colours of an old photograph: warm, honest, and strangely familiar. The songs seem to possess a nostalgic quality that is so inviting, after a few listens you’ll be singing along and reminiscing like the lyrics were taken from your high school diary.

In the fall of 2010 the band will follow the migratory patterns of so many previous bands from Kelowna and head South to Vancouver. While they will miss the orchards, wineries, and lakes, the move is the perfect step for a band that is just beginning to hit their stride.

Quotes:

“The effort earns Matt Lockhart and friends an invitation to one day joining the good company of Canada’s many outstanding folk rock musicians.”-Exclaim! Magazine

“Treelines have come a long way in a short period of time…seem more mature and hint at a Weakerthans vibe”-CHARTattack

“a little nugget of Kelowna gold”- CBC Radio 3

“Comparisons with the Weakerthans are well-founded, I can’t say enough about how great the lyrics are.”-NxEW

"[Treelines] is all about no-nonsense rock 'n' roll, channeling the heartland spirit of John Cougar with a dose of whiskey-soaked Canadiana."- BeatRoute Magazine

Lyrics

Ghost Towns

Written By: Matt Lockhart

Me and my Brother grew up with one another,
We never had any plans,
Until one summer we went and told our Mother,
We’re forming a travelling band.

We’ll go to cities, cities in other countries,
We’ll traverse the open sea,
Like Simon Fraser, our penchant for adventure,
Will lead to discovery.

I had a ship and my brother had a map
We joined with some honest men,
We trimmed the sails and pointed to a distant land,
All aboard all hands!

I went to see her, I went up there to see her,
Before we set sail again,
I told my lover, I told her that I loved her,
And this isn’t the way it ends.

I’ll go to cities, cities in other countries,
It’s bound to get dangerous,
But I’ll be careful, my heart will remain faithful,
She’ll know it’s the truth because

I’ll write her letters where I trace around my hand,
And she could trace her hand in mine,
Ten thousand miles would disappear between the lines.

We set sail in moonlight,
Our van is our ship and the sea is the night,
Treelines float past,
They’re ghosts of the land-locked towns staring through the glass,
Ghosts of towns we pass.

Summer Song

Written By: Matt Lockhart

I woke up this morning in a summer town,
The kind where people come from around,
To cool down the day and heat up the night,
And get some distance from the pressures of another life.

The hottest seller is a pile of sand,
And lying down is an action plan,
The birds in the morning and the evening breeze,
Flirt shamelessly with the trees.

We held congress on the lawn,
We opened sessions with a favourite song,
And nobody cared if we ran it late,
A drink shared with a brother it was just another filibuster.

How the sun was our disease,
We had a fever from the rising heat,
Yeah we were right where, we wanted to be,
It was a million degrees.

Don’t walk walk walk walk along there’s a faster beat to a summer song,
It’s cymbal wild and kick drum strong,
It make make make makes you shake to a beat with a friend by the water’s edge,
Can you feel your feet move yet?

We all look better with sun in our eyes,
Than when we wake up raining,
When warmer colours replace our disguise,
Of a silhouette smile,
When we run around with eyes of a child,
And everything is a mystery,
If your leaves are falling and it’s cold in the night,
Don’t hide don’t hide,
Just take a little piece of the summertime.
Get some sun in your eyes.

Like the time you were a tumbleweed rolling through the prairies,
Cause that’s the way the wind blew,
There was a freedom in the static song singing through the radio,
And in a rolled down window.

Don’t walk walk walk walk along there’s a faster beat to summer song,
That’s cymbal wild and kick drum strong,
It make make makes you shake to the beat with a friend by the water’s edge,
Do you feel your pulse rise yet?

We all look better with sun in our eyes,
Than when we wake up raining,
When warmer colours replace our disguise,
Of a silhouette smile,
When we run around with eyes of a child,
And everything is a mystery,
If your leaves are falling and it’s cold in the night,
Don’t hide don’t hide don’t hide,

We all fall sometimes,
We all lose our leaves.
We’re all cold sometimes,
And can’t fall asleep.

We all look better with sun in our eyes,
Than when we wake up raining,
When warmer colours replace our disguise,
Of a silhouette smile,
When we run around with eyes of a child,
And everything is a mystery,
If your leaves are falling and it’s cold in the night,
Don’t hide don’t hide,
Just take a little piece of the summertime.
Get some sun in your eyes,
Remember the summer breeze,
If your leaves are falling and it’s cold in the night,
Don’t hide don’t hide just get some sun in your eyes.

Young Man

Written By: Matt Lockhart

A young man’s a river,
He’s wild and strong,
Sometimes he runs careless,
Sometimes he is calm.
Don’t know where he’s going,
But you can see where he’s been,
It’s there in the waves right behind,
Like a driftwood bridge.

The soft yellow light that kept the monsters home,
That blue plastic razor that made him feel grown,
The strange regal air of his Grandfather’s chair,
Always on guard even though he’s never there,
Those crowfoot lines by his father’s eyes,
That always seemed to him like footprints of a smile,
And floating in the back after those branches have passed,
A soft paper note,
The first song that he wrote to a breeze,
Before it blew off to sea.

The Old West Wind came blowing,
He came like a ghost,
Floating from somewhere off of the coast,
He said, “Son you’re just starting,
And have a long way to go,
Always remember those things that you know:

Like the soft yellow light that kept the monsters home
That blue plastic razor that made you feel grown,
The strange regal air of your Grandfather’s chair,
Always on guard even though he’s never there,
Those crowfoot lines by your father’s eyes,
That always seemed to you like footprints of a smile,
And floating in the back after those branches have passed,
A soft paper note,
The first song that you wrote.”

A young man’s a river,
He’s wild and strong,
Sometimes he runs careless,
Sometimes he’s calm.
He’s a part of everywhere that he flows,
Till he’s emptied out at the coast.

Canadian Airlines

Written By: Matt Lockhart

I've been thinking long and hard,
About the cold about the dark in winter,
With mid-November comes the snow,
It covers trees it bites my toes,
Remember when socks were dry when hands were warm,
When in the sky there was no storm to ground,
Canadian Airlines.

I grab my coat put on my tuque,
Two pairs of socks before I tie my boots,
I brush the snow off of my car,
And scrape off all the frost with a credit card,
As the engine fails to spark to life,
I wonder what those jumper cords look like,
For those Canadian Airlines

When I Get Grown

Written By: Treelines

When I get all grown I want to find a little space,
Somewhere that I can be myself somewhere I feel safe and settle down
With a girl who shares my name.

We'll store up in the autumn months and party in the spring,
We'll lay away those summer days on white sand by the sea,
We'll fall asleep when the snow begins to come down.

Then the day will come when her stomach starts to grow,
We'll freak about the million things we don't already know,
We'll give them names after my favourite hockey players if it's ok.

Their cribs will fill our morning but by noon they'll be in school,
Their teenage years will come and go and by the rising of the moon they'll settle down,
With someone else who shares their name now.

And when our shoulders like old wooden fences lean towards the ground,
The grandkids grow like rocket ships shooting to the clouds,
Her hair is grey but her blue eyes never shone so proud.

When the Lord comes calling and we have to say goodbye,
I'll rest her in the ground if I'm the one whose left behind,
Whisper goodnight and wait patiently for my white light to come.

Discography

Treelines - S/T : Full Length released July 2009

Treelines - Young Man : EP released July 2010

Multiple tracks from both albums have been featured in various CBC Radio 3 programs/podcasts and have received radio play on CBC Radio 2, CBC Radio 3, and various Canadian college radio stations.

Set List

Typical sets range between 9-15 songs (40-60 mins). All original material.