Posts Tagged ‘treetop flyers’

Making a list ...

There’s too much on the bill to listen to everything – though Twitter types like @mclerce have been drawing up Spotify playlists like these, which really help. But given this year’s bill is the best the festival’s had in years, and that even in the small print it has bands that deserve to be on your must-see list, it’s been a bit daunting getting up to speed on everyone. The obsessive perfectionist in me, of course, wants to ensure I see not just the bands I know, but the bands I should know – discovering new music is part of going to the Camden Crawl, so investigating the tunes of bands you haven’t heard of before, much less heard anything by, seems the respectful thing to do.

Bands I’d not listened to before, but now really need to see, include Treetop Flyers, Dry The River, and Tom Williams and the Boat. I’d hardly been familiar with the music of Marques Tolliver, Divorce, or Bear’s Den, either – but they, too, are fighting for their place at the top of my itinerary. Much of this is dependent on receiving the programme, obviously – but hearing new music is never a waste of time, right? Who else has made new favourite band discoveries via the bill?

Incidentally, one new entry into my putative wishlist is Young Dreams, who have an exclusive track posts on the Fan Only area of the Crawl’s Facebook page. It’s called ‘Silly Love’, and it’s a bit beautiful. Go over, have a listen – and add more bands to that long, long list…


Further thought on who to see at this year’s Crawl: daytime-wise, incidentally, I’m already set on settling down with Magpie’s Nest on the Sunday; Saturday is up for grabs, but the Spread Eagle is always good value. Given how I’m packing out my evening schedules, I might just let the rest of my group decide what to do with Saturday afternoon. That’d be big of me, right? They’ll be grateful, I know it.

In terms of more evening acts, I’m pretty firm in still fancying Dananananakroyd (with whom the Crawl have an interview here), Piney Gir (with whom they had an interview here), and Treetop Flyers (get with the programme, Camden Crawl!); Villagers, Cate Le Bon and Frankie and the Heartstrings still seem like no-brainers, too. But how about any more for any more? The very wise Sheena over at the Ruckus has suggested a few mighty fine additions: Marques Tolliver, Dry The River, and Slow Club will all be making the right sort of sounds for my ears, too.

I’ve seen British Sea Power live a couple of times now, and they’re great – but do you check out a band you’ve seen before at a festival full of acts you haven’t? Maybe not. I love Miles Kane’s work with Last Shadow Puppets, but will he clash with Villagers? Those Dancing Days, Tom Williams and the Boat, and Let’s Buy Happiness will all be worth seeing; but what about leaving room for the surprises you’ve never heard of?

Roll on the programme, people …

The subject means two things, of course: predicting more who might play, and predicting those I might see. The more you dive into this year’s bill, the more riches there are to uncover … diverse, new music is what the Crawl should be about – this is easily the strongest Crawl line-up in years, and the team behind it should be bursting with the proudest pride.

Special Guests

Sometimes, and especially on Twitter, the Crawl team comments in some way, shape or form on my guesses and rumour-mongering – other times, the artists themselves confirm for them. I’ve had no take-up at all on either my Chromeo or Death From Above 1979 theories. I’m particularly warming to the latter, but in the absence of any word at all we can only conclude one of two things: I’m spot on or way, way off base. Will try again to drum something up on this front later…

Must-see List

Further exploration of the ‘blogosphere’ (how we must all hate that word and all its works) has led me to add a few acts to last week’s provisional list.

Treetop Flyers

For a band with a song called ‘A Long Cold Winter’, this is a band with a healthy dose of sun in their music, like a Fleet Foxes less interested in dodgy choral music. I’ve got a soft spot for mid-nineties – The Jayhawks, Wilco, Nadine – and Treetop Flyers seem to take a lot of inspiration from that movement. That means, too, of course, that you can hear strains of Mumford and Magic Numbers in there, which may or may not be as welcome – when there’s a soupcon of Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams in the mix for good measure, however, almost anything can be forgiven. Definitely one to look out for on the running order.

Piney Gir

Sticking with the country theme for just a moment more, Piney Gir’s brand of sexed-up classic hillbilly pop is a thing of quirky beauty, and songs which sound on the surface like the stuff your grandparents listened to on the tapedeck of their Cortina in fact curl and crumple at the edges into quite different shapes. Coupled with a carefully planned stage style – like Betty Boop chanelling Patsy Cline – and you have the makings of one of the funnest sets the Crawl will host. Particularly worth your time earlier in the evening, just as you get going.


With a name designed principally to frustrate music journalists typing against a deadline, and an online fanbase willing to promote them to the rafters, Dananananakroyd will almost certainly deliver one of the festival’s most energetic, crowd-pleasing sets: all singalong choruses and verses ripe for some old-fashioned pogoing. They’re a wry little band with a sly little name – and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them play the same venue as Dinosaur Pile-up … which would be quite the double act. Get there early.