Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the official reissue of the debut EP from Akron, OH's IF THESE TREES COULD TALK. The first release from this instrumental post rock band was recorded in 2006 at NE Meadow Studios in Bath, OH and originally released independently by the band on September 27, 2006.
The self-titled release that has been out of print for over 10 years has been mastered for vinyl by Patrick Engel (Temple of Disharmony) and features brand new artwork and packaging.
01. Malabar Front
02. Smoke Stacks
03. The Friscalating Dusklight
04. Signal Tree
05. The Death of Paradigm
06. 41°4'23n, -81°31'4w
About the band:
If Detroit, Michigan gave us the automobile, then Akron, Ohio gave us the tire. At one point, home to B.F. Goodrich, Firestone, General Tire, and Goodyear, the Rubber City played a large part in the advance of the auto industry. Times have changed, but Akronites continue to move forward with their intrepid spirit. This is particularly true for acclaimed IF THESE TREES COULD TALK, whose wondrous, coruscating sounds have captured not only legions of adoring fans, but also the attention of celebrated chef Chris Santos, who in turn played the group for friend and Metal Blade label guru Brian Slagel.
"Santos played some of our stuff to Brian Slagel," says IF THESE TREES COULD TALK in slight disbelief. "Slagel sent us a tweet, and after a couple of months of back and forth, we were on Metal Blade! Still crazy to think back to that, but that's how it went down."
As part of inking a deal with Metal Blade, debut full-length Above the Earth, Below the Sky (2009) and its lauded successor Red Forest (2012) were re-issued, allowing new fans to encounter IF THESE TREES COULD TALK's sonic splendor without having to resort to aftermarket prices. And although Above the Earth, Below the Sky and Red Forest have sold over 30,000 copies prior to landing on Metal Blade, the Ohioans are looking to expand the footprint of the band. This includes the continuation of the organic growth strategies they've employed since forming in 2005, leveraging Metal Blade's marketing resources, and more licensing of songs to game and television studios.
"We always love hearing how people interpret our music," the band reveals. "One of the great things about being an instrumental band is that it breaks down the language barrier that some bands can have. It reaches across so many lines and evokes so many different feelings that it means something different to everyone. To us, that is one of the single greatest things about what we do. We don't interpret the music to the fans. They interpret it back to us."