Get ready for an avalanche; Leeds post-punkers Treeboy & Arc make a maelstrom of noise that’ll sweep you off your feet.
The four-piece, who formed at college in Leeds, have quickly built a name for themselves with frantic, high-octane live performances – supporting the likes of The Wytches, Parquet Courts and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – and new track ‘White’ captures the white-knuckled bedlam of a Treeboy & Arc show, with its visceral combination of vocal howls, stinging cymbals and abrupt guitar barbs.
With new EP ‘Not Yet’ set to be unveiled at the start of December, we spoke to the Yorkshire quartet – comprised of George Townend (guitar), Ben Morgan (guitar/vocals/keys), James Kay (bass/vocals) and Isaac Turner (drums) – to get to know the band behind the punchy sound.
‘White’ is a rip-roaring tune. How did the track come about?
“It was one of the first songs we ever wrote as a band. All the other songs we wrote around that time were abandoned, but for some reason ‘White’ stuck around. It’s changed a lot from when we first wrote it – it’s got a lot more aggression to it now.”
How did Treeboy & Arc start out?
“We all went to the same college in Leeds. We met initially because we had the same socks and stayed friend cause we had similar music tastes. We became friends with Isaac after bumping in to him at a New Year’s party and we needed a drummer.”
What inspired your name?
“James used to get the bus to high school with this kid. For reasons unknown, he called himself James “Treeboy”. He also refused to believe our friend Marco was called that… so he called him Mark. The band was originally going to be Treeboy & Mark, but that sounds rubbish. Therefore Treeboy & Arc.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“It comes and goes. Fews, Bauhaus, Girl Band and Parquet Courts are some. We’re generally influenced by whatever music it is we are listening to at the time and you can hear that in our music.”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“There are so many good bands in and around Leeds at the moment. To name a few…Fehm, Team Picture, Drahla, Chest Pains, Hamer & Bronzed are all doing great stuff at the moment and all have really good live shows.”
And finally, what does the remainder of 2017 hold for Treeboy & Arc?
“We have a joint/two-part video coming out soon for the two singles ‘Merge’ & ‘White’ that we just released. Our EP is coming out in December and we’re doing a split launch with Drahla down at Brudenell Social Club. We’re doing a set of alternating songs so it should be a pretty interesting event!”