Interview: Towering Trees [Again]

We're very proud to release the final live album of the year, recorded earlier this year on April 30th: Towering Trees – Live from The Banana Stand. The band played a great set, and we were able to get some good photos of the band as well. We caught up with lead singer William Carpenter over email in advance of putting out the album to see what the band has been up to since their first interview.

It's been about six months since this album was recorded. What's been happening with Towering Trees since?

We've been writing more new songs and recorded a new EP at Badlands. It has yet to be titled, has six songs, and should be finished before the end of the year. Some of the songs appear on the Banana Stand recording, some of which are even newer.

What other projects have you been working on?

I have been working on a solo tape tentatively titled “Supply,” which is a collection of covers recorded with one-mic to a tape recorder. That is in the mixing process right now and should be released some time in November. It will be free and limited to 50 copies.

Tom's band The Protons has been recording some tracks as well, and playing some shows. Their songs can be found here, and they are thouroughly awesome.

What has been your favorite thing in Portland music in the last few months? In music beyond Portland?

There is always such amazing music happening here right now. Lately we've been to and played shows with Padraic Finbar Hagerty-Hammond, who plays the most incredible songs. Lynnae Gryffin just released a stellar record called “Abigail”, you can find lots of information here. We haven't yet been able to get a show together with Your Rival, but I'm looking forward to it. Their new EP is really well-written and way fun.

What have you been listening to lately?

Lately, lots of Death, The Germs, Crass, Misfits and Stiff Little Fingers. On the less aggressive tip: Roky Erickson, Neil Young, The Replacements, The Housemartins, and Of Montreal.

Do you have any events coming up that folks should check out?

We're looking at some shows this winter after we finish the EP and we can get it out there for people, nothing solid enough yet for details. Hopefully another chance to record at The Banana Stand?


Thanks to WIlliam for taking the time to answer our questions, and to answer his question – Yes. Be sure to check out Towering Trees – Live from The Banana Stand on December 6th.

The release marks the last of our live albums out this year, but we've got plenty in store for 2012, including full-length releases from The Polyps, Talkative, The Angry Orts, Sons of Huns, Tango Alpha Tango, The Golden Hours, No Kind of Rider, Forest Park, Vanimal, Jack Ruby Presents, and many more! We're also starting to distribute some secret meme-cards around town. You'll know 'em if you see 'em, and on the back is a special link to a download with teaser tracks not yet made public. Lucky you. Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful winter!