Last month Treetop Flyers released their debut album The Mountain Moves— a must-hear record with peaceful tracks like Is It All Worth It and their southernized song Picture Show. To find out what’s been keeping the quintet busy since its release, we spoke to Treetop Flyers’ Sam Beer about The Mountain Moves, life-changing records, and playing gigs when a member could hardly move!
AMBY: Hello Treetop Flyers, how have you been and what have you been up to lately?
Treetop Flyers: We have all been getting ready for extensive touring to promote our Album. We are very grateful to have this opportunity and its time to hit the road and play some music and that’s exactly what we are doing right now
AMBY: You have just released your new album The Mountain Moves. Which tracks are your favourites?
Treetop Flyers: I have many favourites and this answer could change on a Daily basis.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your sweet song Things Will Change?
Treetop Flyers: For me things will change is a posative message. We all have to go through hard times but when things are tough you need to remember that they will get better. Things will change. Roll with it.
AMBY: Who influences you as a songwriters and musicians?
Treetop Flyers: I think we all share our influences with each other and bounce ideas off each other. I like to think of myself and Laurie’s guitar playing as one voice and the whole band is a melting pot of ideas.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
Treetop Flyers: Neil Young unplugged (not his best album but it was the 1st I heard) Anything by Nick Drake. Oasis Definately maybe. Van Morrison Astral Weeks. Anything by Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green period) Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde. John Martyn. Bless the weather. Joni Mitchell BLUE. Miles Davis. Kind of BLUE. Townes Van Zandt’s live at the old quarter
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
Treetop Flyers: When we played the Glastonbury emerging talent contest. A couple of days before I had thrown my back out badly. I had to go round the supermarket in a wheelchair the night before. It was that bad. Playing a gig when you can hardly move was hilariouse. I owed a lot to Codiene and Red wine. (Townes Van Zandt’s cocktail)
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Treetop Flyers: Charles Bradley. Doug Paisley pink Floyd Toby Connor (I recorded his album but it isn’t out yet)
AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?
Treetop Flyers: More music. Recording music. Drinking.I am partial to the odd chicken wing.
AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?
Treetop Flyers: I wouldn’t want to name and shame anyone but there is quite a bit of music out there that offends me. I don’t like a lot of music that has tons of pitch shift in it to correct the voice making the music generic the main culprits of this comes from the X Factor type mentality if a Young Bob Dylan had auditioned for today’s x faster his voice would probably get him a thumbs down
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Treetop Flyers: Everything. Touring. Meeting new people. Making music.
AMBY: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Treetop Flyers: Nothing major. I’d start by eradicating poverty. Disease. Racism. Homophobia global warming and war. After that I’d sort out all the important stuff and then have a spot of lunch.
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Treetop Flyers that nobody knows?
Treetop Flyers: Our secret is safe with me.
Thank you Treetop Flyers, for giving us your answers!