Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) nominated Indie rock band, Life In A Tree, first came to my attention in 2014 with the release of their album “FOR ALL YOU LISTENERS OUT THERE”. At the time the 5 band members were all between the ages of 15 and 16. Now three years down the line, and almost all grown up, the band is set to release their brand new album “Say Goodbye To The Nighttime Skies” on the 17th of March. It only took me to the second listening to realize that the song writing was much more sophisticated, mature and interesting than on their previous works, and the music, is just as great as the songwriting. There are some super up-tempo songs here with a nice balance of slightly mellower songs.
What really grabs me though is the way that the songs grow on you and are enjoyable after dozens of listens. I can see listening to this one for a long time. And these songs ought to appeal to a broader audience than “FOR ALL YOU LISTENERS OUT THERE”, which is necessary since no band can survive for long depending on a young teen audience: their attention span is simply too short and tastes too fickle to stay with a band more than a year or two.
Singer Molly Lutz who also plays the bass, has chosen to let her listeners mature along with her as she sings about more adult themes with a voice that has expanded and improved almost beyond recognition. She is particularly impressive on the songs: “Colored Hearts”, “Sleeping In The Street” and “Realign”.
But “Life In A Tree” also have the added benefit of a male vocalist in Tyler Miller to complete their sound, and he especially shines on the tracks, “The Odds” and “Times Will Change”. In many tracks both Molly and Tyler share singing duties with the help of DJ Underwood, to give their tracks an added dimension that few bands have.
With the album being engineered and mixed by Michael Mann, Life In A Tree have crafted a musically diverse soundscape in respect to their last outing. But what is important here is that this band is carving out their own niche in a field where most bands run out of musical ideas. If they can hold themselves together personally, and not crumble, I predict they will be around for many years to come.
“Say Goodbye To The Nighttime Skies” is an album that has the musical richness to compete with just about any other band in their genre. Life In A Tree has really extended their alternative influences and mixed them enjoyably with their pre-existing core sound.
Their music is beyond catchy with powerful vocals, big sound guitars, plus driving bass and drums. Everything from their looks through to their musical prowess and entertainment factor will help them push the envelope until they cannot be ignored any longer. An evolution from past releases, “Say Goodbye To The Nighttime Skies” has allowed them to keep their style and infuse it with much more maturity. Well done Life In A Tree!