Live Record: Towering Trees

Towering Trees – Live from the Banana Stand – download it now using the links above! We hope you love it.


We invited Towering Trees to record live at The Banana Stand on the strength of their catchy-as-hell Proto EP, which, in addition to having great album art, quickly became daily morning listening material for me soon after I discovered it. Five tracks from this band were not enough, and so we determined to record them — if for no other reason than to have more of their material to listen to and enjoy for year to come.


We and the audience of our April 30th show were well rewarded for that invite. I really like the album that resulted. I was familiar with the sound of the band from their EP — Will Carpenter’s winsome, soulful pop guitar lines, Sawyer Simonson’s melodic bass complements and Tom Manning’s excellent drum work — but was delighted by the additional range they displayed in their live performance. Songs like the Unattractive Years, the preview track, show how the three’s work combines to create a feeling of coolness and hopeful detachment (perfect for Portland). The remainder of the album demonstrates the range that the trio is capable of, which impressed us as well.



We were very pleased with the way that Towering Trees delivered live, especially with their several audience-demanded encores. The tracks that we captured confirm the promise exhibited by the Proto EP. Download their live album and you’ll see why we’re looking forward to working with this band in the future.




Towering Trees – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on April 30th, 2011 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was mixed and mastered by Alex Arrowsmith. Brian David Smith handled design and layout for album art, which includes original photography from various ‘Standers and the original show poster, also by Brian. The Banana Stand would like to thank Towering Trees (Will, Sawyer and Tom), all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.


Find more from Towering Trees on BandCamp, Facebook and MySpace.