Nathan, from the UK rock band Ten Eighty Trees, took some time to answer a couple of questions for us. Check out the full interview below!
Hello Ten Eighty Trees, thanks for your time. Would it be please possible to introduce your band to our readers?
We are alt rock’s turquoise attired trio Ten Eighty Trees from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.
What’s the story behind your band’s name?
I was as at Glastonbury Festival around 2016 and a friend of mine had indulged in some mind-altering substances. He was sat down and I went over to ask if he was alright. We replied saying he was great and that he was seeing ‘Ten Eighty Trees’. I knew straight away I had to use that for a band name in the future. I think I started putting ideas for the band together as soon as I got back from the festival. Those three words just stuck and sparked something in me.
You’re back with a new single, titled “Fear of Falling”. What’s the story behind this song?
I had a bad accident a few years back and Fear of Falling was written in the wake of that as I came to terms with a lot of the PTSD I was experiencing around the time. The song revolves around the sense of hyper awareness I was experiencing and the debilitation of that. It all sounds pretty dark but writing the song really helped pull me from a bad place so it’s not all doom and gloom.
It was released with a music video. How was the shooting experience?
It was bit of a crazy one if I’m honest. It was shot during lockdown with a group from Sheffield called Madbox Creative doing all the videography. Unfortunately, this meant I (Nathan) had to do it on my own without the other two lads in the band (Michael and Lewis) to stay as covid secure as possible.
I basically spent the best part of a day flailing around on a makeshift bed on top of a big green screen. Steve from Madbox was then suspended above me on a beam filming the whole thing. Looking back, it was a bit of a health and safety nightmare but no one was hurt and the video came out looking great. I remember Steve uttering the words ‘I would die for the Trees’ a fair few times whilst up there. What a man. Love you, Steve.
How would you describe your writing process?
This is one thing that actually set us up quite well for the pandemic. We’ve always sent song ideas back and forth online, then meeting up later to flesh them out a bit. They tend to hit the rehearsal space fully formed because of this though which is always nice. I hate long drawn-out writing processes. I like spontaneity and I’m a strong believer that the majority of the time the first idea is the best idea in music. It often represents the most instinctive, primal reaction to what you’re hearing and being contributed and therefore sounds very organic and natural.
I’m sure you are, like a lot of people, missing live shows. Do you have some dates planned for the rest of the year or 2022?
We’ve got our first hometown show in 2 years this coming 13th November at The Cumberland Arms in Newcastle. It’s such a beautiful, quirky venue and we’re all buzzing to be playing there. The setlist we’ve been working on for then is pretty something as well. Just wall to wall Ten Eighty Bangers. All Killer, No Filler. Tickets on sale now: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Newcastle-on-Tyne/The-Cumberland-Arms/Ten-Eighty-Trees/35817091/
Speaking of live shows. What’s the best concert you’ve ever attended as a fan?
I think this changes every time I’m asked but today, I was thinking about how good U2 were a few years back when I saw them on the Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour. I feel they get a lot of flak just for being U2 but there is a reason they’re still one of the biggest bands in the world. They’re back catalogue is just insane and the stage show was magnificent. The fact Bono can still belt some of those big numbers in his 60s is pretty awe-inspiring as well. Think what you want about him but he’s one hell of a front man and singer.
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