Ten Eighty Trees

Get To Know: Ten Eighty Trees

Blossoming out of the grey industrial outskirts of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and from the embers of defunct outfits on the north east music scene, Ten Eighty Trees offer a heavy yet vibrant blend of Rock, only indulging in subtilties to emphasise an ensuing aural intensity. Since launching onto the scene 2 years ago the band have earned a reputation for their infectious alternative rock anthems and enthralling live shows, the latter of which the band are feverously keen to get back to.

Ten Eighty Trees recently released their stand-out single ‘Born Free’ which is available to stream & download now. We chat to frontman Nathan Newton…

Who are Ten Eighty Trees?

We’re a three piece rock band originating from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Lots of hair, volume and a fondness for turquoise.

How would you describe your sound?

High definition alternative rock

What circumstances or events make you guys write songs?

It really just depends. I tend to go on a lot of walks where I’ll make notes on my phone which I later write into notebooks to form lyrics. Ideas often come to me a lot in the shower too. I’ll then draft up a demo on Logic and begin firing it back and forth between Michael and Lewis for their input and ideas. It feels like a very modern/lockdown friendly way of working but we’ve honestly done things that way since the start of the band.

What’s a typical day in the studio like?

We’ve actually just recently started changing up how we record. We used to record everything in small bits, being very methodical and putting the music under the microscope. However, we’ve recently been going for a lot more of a raw approach, recording a lot of the music live in a big open space then adding bits to this performance later on. Born Free is the first offering from this approach and it  is the perfect example of how massive this can sound when done right.

Where do you live? What’s the music scene like?

Michael and Lewis live around Newcastle and I (Nathan) currently live in Sheffield having moved here in late 2016. Both music scenes are great in their own rights to be fair with fantastic sounds coming out of both music communities at the moment. Really been enjoying Hivemind and Leopard Rays from the Newcastle music scene recently and Femur have been doing bits over lockdown down here in Sheffield. The latter’s most recent single ‘Misery Express’ has even recently been remixed by a certain Jarvis Cocker. I also really liked Sadly Dan from Sheffield but I haven’t heard anything from them in a while. If you’re listening Sadly Dan … do something.

Who is the best band you’ve ever seen play live?

I always say LCD Soundsystem at Leeds 2010 as they really blew my mind with just how vital a great beat can be in moulding a classic song. But recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the last major gig I went to before the start of lockdown which was Sam Fender at Newcastle O2 Academy. Looking back that was really special.

What music did you listen to growing up?

I started out listening to a lot of Foo Fighters and Green Day in my early teens. American Idiot is still an album that I don’t think gets the credit it deserves. Listening to music like this with such a strong emphasis on song writing is definitely something that has stuck with me since my youth. I’m a sucker for a sticky hook and a catchy melody. 

What can we expect from the band for the rest of the year?

A lot more music and hopefully some gigs (finally!). Born Free is just the start of things to come.

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