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Tree Pit

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
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Rock band Tree Pit served up a secret gig at the Old Street roundabout yesterday afternoon. The London-based band played to a small crowd in the form of passers-by and workers on their lunch break.Tree Pit played some of their popular songs, including “Take This Light” and “Waste Of Space” for the show that lasted just about an hour.

The audience received the performance well as they applauded the band’s every song. A few of them also asked for autographs and thanked them personally for a good show.

Lior Saker, 30, lead singer and guitarist, said: “It’s good weather for doing a secret gig. Generally when we do gigs, it’s our own fans who come to our show. But today, we got to play to some random people.”

The small tree pit near the entrance of Old Street Station was used as a stage by the band. Nirmal Niroula, 20, a student fromCityCollege, said: “I had never heard of this band before but I think they played some good songs. Obviously, they have made themselves known amongst a few more people here today.”

Tree Pit have been active for more than two years but have not been signed to any record label. - ec1


People love the familiar, so I can understand the logic and reasoning behind using a cover to introduce your band to the world. This is dangerous however, cover a song poorly and you’re done before you start. Cover it too well and what’s the point? We have the original; we don’t need a carbon copy. The trick is to cover a song and do it justice, but with your own flavor and sound coming through.

Luckily, Tree Pit has weathered the storm and come out without so much as a broken branch. Their cover of “Eleanor Rigby”, originally performed by The Beatles (and a slap to your head if you didn’t know this already), has to be one of the better covers I have heard. Clean piano, enthusiastic drums, and a steady but not overwhelming bass make this a piece worth sharing. I believe most music lovers will find this cover truly enjoyable. I especially liked that Tree Pit gave you the feel of The Beatles without feeling like the Fab Four were being shoved down my throat. The blue megaphone vocals provided by Lior Seker is an interesting contrast to the upbeat music, bringing with it a sense of what Tree Pit has to offer.

You can check out their video below to gain your own perspective. The video is also reminiscent of The Beatles, but again, with Tree Pit shining through. We are able to see the guys behind the sound and get an idea of who they are. Tree Pit appears to be a trio of truly sincere musicians.

The question remains though: why “Eleanor Rigby”? Ever respectful of music’s past, Tree Pit chose this song to pay tribute to one of their greatest influences and said that they felt they could relate to the song and, most impressively, felt that they could add their own style to the classic “without the shadow of sacrilege”.

Overall, I’d say this is a really great cover, and I truly look forward to hearing more from this band. Thank you Tree Pit for not butchering “Eleanor Rigby”.

Make sure you check out their new album, set to be released April 9th, 2011.

And as always, agree or disagree, it’s all gravy baby! - gravyandbiscuits


That is with the exception of Lior Seker from Tree Pit who got out of the safety zone and brought a passionate amount of soul to his mic. Tree pit are a trio that met in London but are all from Israel. They’ve got 90's rock, jazz and a side-dish of folk to their sound, but those melodies are too mellow for the potential in that voice. - londonmusicblog


I originally followed Tree Pit a few weeks ago after I stumbled upon their Beatle’s cover of Eleanor Rigby. Now I am very, very glad I did. I wasn’t as impressed with Eleanor Rigby, but their original works are awesome… blew me away.

I’d assumed the Beatles would be a large influence on their music (seeing as they did a cover of one of their songs), but their music instead sounds influenced by much more modern rock. Not quite Indie Rock, but maybe something like Joseph Arthur, Elliott Smith, the Eels. The dulcet vocals and spot-on percussion (also demonstrated in Eleanor Rigby), mixed well with guitar and piano (and occasional brass bits), hint that there may be a lot more to come.

Check out the goods below (their extensive ‘about’ section on their SoundCloud is also below) - YUK


Next came Tree Pit. “Why Tree Pit?” livejamtv asked. If you are intrigued, too, carry on reading and the answer might just appear very soon. In terms of the band, Tree Pit were great! They are classed as alternative and that is what we got, fusions of all sorts of genres to create something new which some would refer to as an “Indie” sound (if you believe in the fact that all independent label artists are defined by just one sound, which livejamtv does not.) There was a hint of Matt Bellamy in Lior Seker's vocal range, instrument choice and performance – starting out on the lead guitar, Lior moved to the keyboard for some very nifty piano-work that, with many other genres, had a strong hint of jazz about it. The vocals were passionate, as was the drumming. The bassist, in contrast, was very composed and precise and the bassline came through clear and strong.
But the vocals were what caught livejamtv's ears in particular. They were pleasantly deep and full of power; think Charlie Fink from Noah and the Whale crossed with the passion and range of someone like Matt Bellamy from Muse. However, when talking about the process, Lior told livejamtv that everything comes together from the band members' individual choices of styles which are meshed intricately into what becomes Tree Pit. If one member has a preference for some soft-rock while another likes something jazzy, the two will be fused and just like the message that comes through in one of their songs, nothing is sent back from where it came from, it exists within a new space and time and for that moment, always ‘is'. The band embodies a sense of evolution in the music process and is one of the most ably transcendent bands we have come across in a long time.
Walking down Camden town, spotting a dug-out section of the sidewalk and the words ‘Tree Pit' scrawled in paint by a contractor's hand and thinking, why not? Perfect, right? Check them out: http://www.facebook.com/TreePit - livejamtv


Discography

Eleanor Rigby- The Beatles (cover)
Take This Light (single)
Tree Pit (E.P)

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Two years back in the summer of 2008 three guys met in London, 2000 miles away from their hometown in Israel, where they grew up together. It was the beginning of Tree Pit. Nim Sadot (Bass Guitar), Yaron Rosenblum (Drums) and Lior Seker (Lead vocals, Guitar) the three band members come from different musical backgrounds and influences. That time they all had different projects going on; found themselves living in the cold but influential city of London. The different musical backgrounds created the Trio’s unique blend and after two years of working together the seeds of the Tree started to reveal from its Pit.

All three were born in the early 80’s with a real passion for music and since an early age they have been playing in different bands: Lior Seker- was the singer of a Progressive Rock band named Egroll. One of their many achievements was to play as the opening act for Jethro Tull on their 2008 tour. Lately he took part in a project called Ephrat which took the stages as the warm-up band for Dream Theater in their 2009 tour. Yaron Rozenblum- was the drummer of an Israeli Rock band The Music Of Chance which released their album ‘Me’ in 2005 and the lead singer of another Israeli Rock band - The Following. Yaron is also the drummer for the North London based Indie Rock band – The Playing Fields that released two critically acclaimed albums. Nim Sadot- Took part in a wide spectrum of different projects, one of them is the Afro-Beat band Oziozaamusic . All three worked as Producers at a Soho based recording studio, which gave the band its initial name “The Producers”.

Since the beginning the band has been doing endless sessions perfecting their sound and finding their own unique voice, recording and re-recording songs trying to turn their music into a cohesive whole that melts their different worlds of Folk, Rock, Fusion and Jazz together. Describing their own brewed sound the band members referrers to an early comparison made by one of their contemporaries “Imagine hearing Peter Gabriel playing with John Coltrane “.

After testing and experimenting with their material behind the walls of the studio and the rehearsal rooms the band started to explore the live scene of the UK performing at the legendary 100 Club and in well known venues such as The Good Ship, 93 Feet East, Wilmington Arms amongst others. The reaction from the rising fan base was incredible as more and more familiar faces began to show up gig after gig. The ones who got to see them live enjoyed one of the most energetic shows in the UK in recent years. The ones that missed the shows can anticipate to their next tour following the release of the upcoming album.

“Tree Pit’s style marries spacey guitar and mellow vocals with one of the tightest rhythm section in recent years.” (Ian De Sylva - The Kensington And Chelsea Review)

In the end of 2010 we find Tree Pit start working on their debut album to be released in the summer of 2011. The recording will take place in the beginning of January 2011 at Soho Studios in London and at The Sickroom in Norfolk. Producer Guy Katsav who worked with the likes of Laura Marling, The Gossip, Noah And The Whale, I Blame Coco and many more, will be in charge of the production/mixing of the album in collaboration with the band. “After working on our material for two and a half years and finding our true sound we are ready to get into the studio” say the band members.