Last updated: 12/06/2002 08:01:15 PM
Boston's TREE has made a career out of commitment. For over a decade, they have relentlessly turned out powerfully moving music. "No Regrets No Remorse", their new full length CD is a brilliant amalgamation of punk, hardcore, groove and good old fiery rock 'n roll. Denying and defying the pigeonhole mentality while continuing to relentlessly tell tales of broken hearts, political upheaval, and even alien intervention, TREE have consistently been the embodiment of growth, vision, awareness and, of course, great music.
TREE's evolution began in the summer of 1990, when River, Jake, Ooze and Billy forged an aggressive and defiantly positive brand of hardcore the sound of which still loudly resonates in their music today. Shows with local heroes like Sam Black Church grabbed the attention of Cherrydisc Records and the label released their first three full lengths. ("A Lot to Fear" 1993, "Plant a Tree or Die" 1995, and "Downsizing the American Dream" 1996).
Constant and relentless touring has seen TREE share the stage with acts such as Clutch, Sheer Terror, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, XCops, Fear, Godsmack and Staind along with playing the Van's Warped Tour. These shows, along with their annual US headline tour have pushed the odometer of the band's "tour van" past an astonishing 250,000 miles.
Over time, the scope of influence within the band had widened considerably and Wonderdrug Records recognized that they were on the brink of realizing their finest hour yet. After the blistering "Radio Bootleg for the Restless Masses" (recorded live on WMBR in Cambridge, MA) and the now classic "Our Day Will Come" released in May of 1999, TREE got down to business and recorded "No Regrets No Remorse:" 14 epic songs over 44 minutes and 44 seconds.
TREE have always strived to simply put their words into action. In the past, they've taken part in events such as the Boston Freedom Fest Hemp Rally, Skate 98, Lollapalooza, River Rave and Localbazooka. Over the years, TREE has had the opportunity to have their music used on Fox Sports Net, MTV’s "Senseless Acts Of Video", MTV’s "Real World", MTV’s "Road Rules", and various independent films of national release. In 2000 TREE won the Boston Music Award for "Best Hardcore/Metal Band", The Boston Phoenix Reader’s Poll for "Best Extreme Act" and the award for "Best Rally Band" from High Times Magazine.
Is the music the message or is the message the music? In TREE's case, the answer would be a big "YES" to both. "No Regrets No Remorse" features hookladen showstoppers ("Cold And Alone" and "Great Galactic Ghoul"), charging punk anthems ("All Control" and "A Lot To Fear"), impassioned warnings ("Brainwashed"), rocking crowd movers ("Get In The Way" and "2faced") ... the list goes on. For those familiar with mighty TREE, this new album is destined to become an instant favorite. For everyone else: what are you waiting for? Listen, learn and above all else, enjoy!